Category Archives: Florida

DCF, Senators Eye Ways To Bolster Child Protection

By on October 9th, 2015 | Last updated: October 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

A total of 369 child deaths have been called in to the state abuse hotline so far in 2015. That means Florida is on track to have roughly as many child deaths this year as it did before passing a sweeping child-welfare reform law in 2014.

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Open-Carry Gun Bill Bangs Into Business Concerns

By on October 7th, 2015 | Last updated: October 7, 2015 at 11:14 am

Several lawmakers in both parties and an influential business group expressed concerns about the potential impact of the proposal on private property rights.

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Florida Ranked 47th In Sexual Health, Could Be Due To Educational Lack

By on October 6th, 2015 | Last updated: October 6, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Florida ranked 47th in the United States for sexual health by the State by State Safer Sex Index. Melissa St. Onge, communications manager for Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, said she was not surprised to hear Florida ranked so low on the survey, and that sexual health conversations should start at home and continue with education in class.

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Survey: Floridians Oppose Guns On Campus

By on October 6th, 2015 | Last updated: October 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

Almost three-quarters of Floridians — 73 percent — oppose allowing students with concealed-weapons permits to carry guns on campus.

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Judge Refuses to Stop Florida Black Bear Hunt

By on October 2nd, 2015 | Last updated: October 2, 2015 at 10:13 am

A Leon County judged ruled that Florida’s first black bear hunt in 21 years will indeed happen. The ruling says that a state wildlife agency was within its right to schedule the hunt.

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Florida’s Senators Consider Removing Confederate Flag From State Senate Seal

By on October 2nd, 2015 | Last updated: October 2, 2015 at 7:39 am

The Senate Rules Committee will meet Oct. 8 to begin re-examining the current emblem of the chamber. Under Senate rules, the seal includes “a fan of the five flags which have flown over Florida” — those of the United States, Confederate States of America, France, Great Britain and Spain.

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Spike in Newberry Water Bills Stirs Concern in Residents

By on September 28th, 2015 | Last updated: September 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm

According to the “Citizens of Newberry Forum” on Facebook, water bills are all the rage as residents are unhappy with their unusually high bills. Serving about 1,675 customers, Newberry City Manager Mike New says it is nothing out of the ordinary compared to previous years.

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Campus Gun Bills Advance In House And Senate

By on September 16th, 2015 | Last updated: September 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 16, 2015………. A proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to pack heat while hitting the books on college and university campuses notched it first two successes Wednesday. The legislation (SB 68 and HB 4001), […]

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Florida Marriage Licenses Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

By on September 15th, 2015 | Last updated: September 29, 2015 at 8:32 pm

On Monday, Florida’s marriage licenses and certificate applications recognized gay marriage by changing the terms “bride” and “groom” to the gender-neutral term “spouse.” While this is another victory for the LGBT community, they still face unresolved issues regarding other legal documents, such as birth certificates.

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Laurel Wilt Disease Poses Threat To Avocados

By on September 15th, 2015 | Last updated: September 15, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Fruit flies and Laurel Wilt Disease present a threat to the production of Florida avocados in Miami-Dade County.

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