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Senate Judiciary Committee approves Florida bill that bans texting while driving

By on April 8th, 2013 | Last updated: April 9, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Florida is one of five states without texting restrictions for drivers. The Senate’s current bill makes the use of wireless communication devices behind the weheel a secondary offense, with emergency and GPS navigation use exceptions.

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In the News: attempted murder charge, Internet cafe ban, Bright Futures changes, Taliban attack

By on April 3rd, 2013 | Last updated: April 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Florida to ban Internet cafes – Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott plan to ban Internet cafes and senior arcades that use gift cards as prizes. The ban is a response to an investigation into the Allied Veterans of the […]

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Alachua County recognized for highest 2011 recycling rate in the state

By on April 2nd, 2013 | Last updated: April 2, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Alachua County had the highest recycling rate in the state in 2011 for the second straight year, a recent report says.

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Florida residents present views on Affordable Care Act and Medicaid to house panel

By on January 15th, 2013 | Last updated: January 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

The Florida Legislature meets to discuss The Affordable Healthcare Act, its affects on residents and the potential increase in the number of residents who are eligible for Medicaid benefits.

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Judge rules on Scott’s prison health care privatization plan, sends to Legislature

By and on December 5th, 2012 | Last updated: December 5, 2012 at 10:43 am

John Cooper, a Tallahassee circuit court judge, ruled Tuesday that a plan for prison privatization must be approved by a full Legislature, rather than just a panel. Gov. Rick Scott plans to appeal the decision.

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Agriculture experience influences Florida Senate candidate Wilton Simpson

By on November 5th, 2012 | Last updated: November 6, 2012 at 7:39 am

Unopposed Florida Senate District 18 candidate, Wilton Simpson, said agriculture will be a top priority during his two-year term. Simpson is the president of Pasco County Farm Bureau’s board of directors and has been a member of the Florida Farm Bureau since the late 1970s.

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In the News: Florida Amendment 4, Bogus letters, Charter schools, Foreign policy debate, TSA theft

By on October 23rd, 2012 | Last updated: October 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

Not many are familiar with page-long Amendment 4 – Florida voters will decide on Amendment 4, a state constitutional amendment opponents say could shift a greater property tax burden to existing homeowners. Supporter say first-time homebuyers, businesses and snowbirds would […]

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Advocates question Florida Legislature’s decision to decline health care funding

By on October 15th, 2012 | Last updated: February 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Child health advocates are questioning the Florida Legislature’s decision earlier this year to get rid of funding that could potentially reduce the number of children being abused.

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In the News: Bravo indicted, New Florida license plates, Florida identity theft, Florida child-abuse-reporting law, Less religious affiliation in U.S., North Korean missiles

By on October 9th, 2012 | Last updated: October 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

Bravo indicted for murder in Aguilar case – Pedro A. Bravo, 18, has been indicted on the charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the disappearance of Christian Aguilar, 18, a student at the University of Florida. Aguilar has been missing […]

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In the News: FBI reward, presidential debate, American Airlines, Facebook share, illegal immigrant, Florida justices

By on October 3rd, 2012 | Last updated: October 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

FBI offers $50,000 reward for terrorism suspect Ahmad Abousamra, alleged co-conspirator with Tarek Mehanna – The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of terrorism suspect Ahmad Abousamra, who once lived in Mansfield, Mass., and […]

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