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Former St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar. | News4Jax
June 12, 2024

Former St. Johns County sheriff runs for state Senate

David Shoar has opened a campaign account to run for a seat that will be vacated by Sen. Travis Hutson,…

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The Baker County Sheriff's Office.
June 7, 2024

Baker County Sheriff’s Office under investigation

An order from Gov. Ron DeSantis did not specify the reason for the investigation.…

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"And Tango Makes Three" tells the story of two male penguins who raised a penguin chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo.
May 16, 2024

Nassau Schools sued over book’s removal

The co-authors of “And Tango Makes Three” allege the school district removed the book in violation of the First Amendment.…

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Mayor Donna Deegan welcomes Vice President Kamala Harris to Jacksonville on July 21, 2023. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
April 25, 2024

Kamala Harris headed to Jacksonville in abortion push

The vice president will campaign here Wednesday as Democrats try to make abortion a key issue in the 2024 elections.…

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The Sandy Fire burns in the Big Cypress National Preserve in 2023. Fire officials say lighting started the blaze, which charred nearly 10,000 acres and reduced visibility along roadways. | Matt Counts, National Park Service
April 12, 2024

State warns of wildfire risk despite wetter winter

Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson said people should limit debris on their properties as wildfire season begins.…

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April 5, 2024

DeSantis: ‘This state will start to smell like marijuana’

Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out Thursday at proposed constitutional amendments that would protect abortion rights and legalize recreational marijuana.…

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Stephanie Kopelousos
March 27, 2024

Former Clay County manager will head tourism district

Stephanie Kopelousos will lead the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, which oversees an area dominated by Walt Disney World properties.…

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March 21, 2024

FPL bills could drop in May in Northeast Florida

Florida Power & Light Co. has filed a request to reduce bills because fuel costs have been lower than expected.…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State address to start the 2022 legislative session. | Tom Urban, News Service of Florida
March 11, 2024

Here are 10 big issues the Legislature addressed this year

The 2024 legislative session included action on working teens, social media for children, education, health care, homlessness and more.…

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State Sen. Tracie Davis, D-Jacksonville
March 7, 2024

Tracie Davis of Jacksonville to lead Senate Democrats

State Sen. Tracie Davis of Jacksonville is slated to become the Senate Democratic leader after the 2026 elections.…

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People of different faiths wear the Jewish kippah during a demonstration against anti-Semitism in Germany in April. | Jens Meyer, AP
March 5, 2024

Security funding approved for Jewish day schools

Legislation sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis would bolster security at a time of rising antisemitic incidents.…

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March 1, 2024

House passes Palatka rep’s bill to lower gun-buying age

The House passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Bobby Payne that would lower the minimum age to buy rifles and…

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February 23, 2024

Legislature restricts driving in the left lane

A bill sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis would prohibit driving in the left lane on highways except under certain conditions,…

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February 19, 2024

Florida House passes bill to allow bear killings

Supporters say the bill is needed because more bears are venturing into residential areas in North Florida.…

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Jimmy Buffett performs in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on June 30, 2010. | Dave Martin, AP
February 16, 2024

Florida House passes Buffet Highway bill

The bill would designate State Road A1A, from the Florida Keys to Nassau County, as “Jimmy Buffett Memorial Highway.”…

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Sen. Jennifer Bradley objects to what she called "vile" comments by people supporting a bill to protect historical monuments. | The Florida Channel
February 8, 2024

Fleming senator chides ‘vile’ comments on monuments bill

Sen. Jennifer Bradley was upset by speakers who cited a need to protect “white culture” and “white supremacy.”…

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Jennie McKeon, WUWF Public Media
January 30, 2024

Proposal would make it harder to amend state Constitution

Under the proposal, constitutional amendments would need support from 66.67% of voters to pass, up from the current 60%.…

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The explosion of cellphones will mean a new area code for Northeast Florida. | Richard Drew, AP
January 23, 2024

You’ll need an area code when making calls next week

Ten-digit phone dialing will become mandatory Monday in Northeast Florida as the region prepares for a new 324 area code.…

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State Rep. Dean Black of Jacksonville.
January 17, 2024

LGBTQ group fights bills from Jacksonville rep

Equality Florida decried what it calls “an alarming slate” of bills, including proposals from Republican Rep. Dean Black.…

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A Florida legislator wants to restrict voting by mail. | WGCU
January 9, 2024

Florida senator proposes restrictions on mail-in voting

A bill filed by Sen. Blaise Ingoglia would allow mail-in voting only for certain groups, such as people with illnesses…

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State Sen. Clay Yarborough.
January 5, 2024

Jax senator proposes to shield medical examiner information

Sen. Clay Yarborough filed a bill that would block the disclosure of information such as addresses, telephone numbers and dates…

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January 2, 2024

Proposed law could limit pride flags at public buildings

A Florida Senate Republican has proposed a bill that would restrict the types of flags that can be flown by…

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December 21, 2023

Fleming Island senator proposes telehealth for pets

Sen. Jennifer Bradley has introduced a bill that would allow veterinarians to use telehealth for animals.…

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Florida State coach Mike Norvell lifts the trophy after the team's win over Louisville in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Dec. 2, 2023. | Erik Verduzco, AP
December 13, 2023

Attorney general files demand on FSU playoff exclusion

Attorney General Ashley Moody on Tuesday demanded wide-ranging information from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.…