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Florida: Pot Strain Likely Available Later This Year

By on May 27th, 2015 | Last updated: May 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Florida officials predict a strain of marijuana, known as Charlotte’s Web, will be available for medical purposes later this year. The Department of Health released a statement that said they are moving quickly to allow access to it.

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Scott Signs Bills On Carrying Guns, Bolstering Child Protection

By on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Gov. Rick Scott signed 44 bills into law Thursday. Among those bills is a provision to allow gun owners to carry their weapons in the case of emergency evacuation as well as a bill to expand the child-protection law.

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Miami, Orlando Schools Ditch Styrofoam Trays

By on May 25th, 2015 | Last updated: May 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Miami and Orlando school districts will remove Styrofoam trays from school cafeterias and will replace them with compostable plates. The change within the districts is part of an effort to enact environmentally conscious changes in larger school districts.

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Marion County Board Member Removed After Facebook Post

By on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Marcel “Butch” Verrando, an appointee to the Industrial Development Authority, has been removed from the board after a racially-charged Facebook post. Verrando was removed after a regularly scheduled meeting on May 19.

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Breaking News: Feds Say Florida Could Get $1B For Low Income Pool

By on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm

A key Florida health care program will likely receive an extra $1B from the federal government this budget year. The new amount offered for the Low Income Pool would enable Florida to retain Medicaid investment.

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Florida Tourism Reaches A Peak

By on May 18th, 2015 | Last updated: May 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Tourism in Florida is at an all-time high. The amount of visitors in the first quarter of 2015 is up 6 percent from the previous year.

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Police: Man Told Officers ‘Go Ahead And Kill Me’ In Shootout

By on May 18th, 2015 | Last updated: May 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm

An 18-year-old man was shot and killed by St. Petersburg officers after he shot a man and then shot an officer in the leg. Austin Goodner had previously been arrested for aggravated battery.

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Florida Governor Signs Growler Bill

By on May 15th, 2015 | Last updated: May 18, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Gov. Scott has signed a bill into law that will allow the sale of 64 ounce refillable bill containers known as growlers. This makes Florida the 48th state to allow this size growler to be sold.

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Florida Gov. Grudgingly Oks Online Voter Registration

By on May 15th, 2015 | Last updated: May 15, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that mandates online registration in October 2017. Scott said in a letter that he was signing the bill with “hesitation.”

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Lawmakers Pass Bill To Aid Craft Brewers, End Growler War

By on April 24th, 2015 | Last updated: April 24, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Senate Bill 186 could end a long war between craft brewers and big beverage distributors over regulation of beer sales. The bill lifts the problematic requirement that craft breweries operate as tourist attractions and allows the breweries to sell beer in the popular 64-ounce, refillable “growler.”

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