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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
13 hours ago

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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2 days ago

Questions raised in Florida immigration fight

A federal appeals court is looking at whether Florida can legally challenge Biden administration immigration policies.…

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2 days ago

Severe storms and flash flooding possible on Thursday

As storms track across the state, the squall line will be capable of generating damaging wind gusts or 60 mph…

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A judge blocked Florida education officials from enforcing a law requiring a transgender teacher to use pronouns that align with her sex assigned at birth. | WGCU file
3 days ago

Federal judge blocks restriction on teacher pronoun use

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said Florida violates a teacher’s First Amendment rights by restricting which pronouns she can…

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Florida State University's football team plays at Doak Campbell Stadium. | News Service of Florida
3 days ago

Judge refuses to halt FSU’s lawsuit against ACC

Florida State University contends it would owe $500 million in penalties to exit the Atlantic Coast Conference.…

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April 9, 2024

Abortion ballot issue might not end legal fights

Three Supreme Court justices warned about legal fights if the abortion rights amendment passes in Florida.…

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Colorado State University predicts 23 named storms this year and 11 hurricanes.
April 5, 2024

Forecasters predict ‘very, very busy’ hurricane season

Researchers at Colorado State University are projecting 23 named storms and 11 hurricanes, including five major hurricanes.…

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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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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on Jan. 9, 2024. | Gary McCullough, AP
April 4, 2024

Six issues headed to the November ballot

Floridians will consider six proposed constitutional amendments including abortion rights, recreational marijuana and partisan school board elections.…

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Patients often have to wait four to five weeks for an appointment at Planned Parenthood's Tallahassee health center due to increased demand, officials said. | Colin Abbey, Planned Parenthood Of South, East And North Florida
April 3, 2024

Planned Parenthood prepares for 6-week abortion ban

Centers in North Florida and elswhere have been working for months to strengthen partnerships with health centers in other states.…

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A woman joins hundreds gathering for an abortion rights rally outside the Duval County Courthouse on June 24, 2022. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today.
April 2, 2024

Democrats could benefit from abortion and marijuana votes

The two issues are widely expected to boost turnout among voters who feel strongly about both matters, particularly suburban women…

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April 2, 2024

Florida voting advocates fight to keep voting rolls accurate

Florida left the Electronic Voter Registration System last year. Now an election watch group says ERIC was the best way…

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Hundreds rally at the Duval County Courthouse on June 24, 2022, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today.
April 1, 2024

Voters will decide whether to guarantee abortion rights

The Florida Supreme Court approved an abortion rights amendment for the ballot, but the court also allowed a six-week abortion…

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April 1, 2024

Recreational marijuana is going on the ballot

A divided Florida Supreme Court approved placing a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot in November.…

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Image of hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose captured Sept. 8, 2017. | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
March 29, 2024

Record-setting hurricane season forecast for 2024

AccuWeather says there are signs the first named system could appear before hurricane season kicks off in June.…

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March 29, 2024

Supreme Court decisions likely Monday on abortion and pot

The Florida Supreme Court is considering whether constitutional amendments on abortion rights and recreational marijuana should appear on the ballot.…

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A transgender teacher at Lennard High School is seeking an injunction against a law that restricts pronouns and titles that educators can use in Florida public schools. | Hillsborough County Public Schools
March 28, 2024

Judge to consider Florida’s school pronoun restrictions

A lawsuit contends the restrictions violate a federal civil rights law and the First Amendment.…

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March 28, 2024

The squeeze drought: Fresh OJ is disappearing in Florida

Housing development and citrus greening have had a devasting effect on Florida’s citrus industry.…

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March 27, 2024

Severe storms and flooding threaten North Florida

Showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain will be possible all day Wednesday before showers move out of the area Thursday.…

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March 26, 2024

Home sales may carry smaller commissions

A lawsuit settlement could result in commissions falling to 3% or 4% compared with 5% to 6% now.…

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Jacksonville Beach would be among the communities impacted by proposed vacation rentals legislation. | ill Bortzfield, WJCT News 89.9
March 26, 2024

Realtors and lodging industry clash over vacation rentals

Jacksonville Beach Vice Mayor Sandy Golding said proposed changes would make it problematic for local officials to ensure visitors are…

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Manager Mike Sagaro prepares Team MVP from Miami for a matchup against the Lamorinda Spartans of Walnut Creek, California, on Aug. 24, 2013. | Lance Murphey, AP
March 26, 2024

Youth coaches now must undergo CPR training

A new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis requires coaches at public K-12 schools to get CPR training every two…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis smiles after his 2020 State of the State Speech in Tallahassee. | Justin Bright, Fresh Take Florida
March 25, 2024

DeSantis signs bill easing teen work restrictions

The bill will ease decades-old regulations on the hours that 16- and 17-year-old Floridians can work.…

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March 22, 2024

Florida justices turn down challenge to sports betting

The Florida Supreme Court said opponents of the Seminole Tribe’s gambling agreement were taking the wrong approach to challenge it.…