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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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Bill Passed To Let Child Rape Victims Record Attackers

By on April 24th, 2015 | Last updated: April 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm

The Florida Legislature is sending Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would let children who are victims or potential victims of rape and other violent acts secretly record their attackers. The bill applies to victims who are under the age of 18.

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Abortion Waiting Period Bill Goes To Florida Governor

By on April 24th, 2015 | Last updated: April 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm

A bill to require a 24-hour waiting period for abortions is headed to Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. The Senate voted 26-13 for the measure Friday after about an hour of debate.

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Waived Fees Help Drivers Save Money On Traffic Citations

By on April 21st, 2015 | Last updated: April 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm

As an effort to help traffic violators pay off citations, Clerks in the state of Florida initiated the money saving opportunity Operation Green Light. On Saturday, Alachua County hosted the promotion to waive fees to help residents cut the cost on paying off their citations.

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UF Students Welcome Bill Proposing Tax-Free Textbooks

By on April 13th, 2015 | Last updated: April 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm

A new law in Florida could help students save money on expensive textbooks. The bill looks to eliminate the sales tax from textbooks to give students a break on the hundreds they already spend on required texts.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Issues Report on Hate Groups

By on April 9th, 2015 | Last updated: April 9, 2015 at 5:26 pm

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports there are currently 784 hate groups nationwide. Florida’s 50 hate groups ranks second in the nation, with California topping the list with 57 different groups.

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