Tag Archives: Florida

Thousands Sign Petition Against Profiting From Paynes Prairie

By on September 1st, 2015 | Last updated: September 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

A petition launched by an environmentalist to stop possible cattle grazing and tree growing in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park has more than 10,000 signatures. The environmentalist, Shirley Lasseter, started the petition in response to a proposal by the DEP secretary to allow such for-profit uses to help pay for the parks.

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Medical Marijuana Supporters Renew Legalization Efforts With New Petition

By on August 14th, 2015 | Last updated: August 14, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Supporters of medical marijuana legalization went to court houses all over Florida on Friday in an effort to acquire the signatures needed to put the issue on the 2016 ballot. They need a total of 683,149 signatures, according to Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, an organization dedicated to legalizing medical marijuana.

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Two People Dead In Weirsdale Plane Crash

By on August 12th, 2015 | Last updated: August 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Two people are dead after a single-engine aircraft crashed in Weirsdale, Fla. today. Marion County officials conducted early investigations before handing over to the FAA and NTSB.

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Parents Use Social Media To Share Experiences With Health Providers

By on August 8th, 2015 | Last updated: August 7, 2015 at 2:59 pm

After accusations of a Jacksonville dentist’s mistreatment of patients, some parents have turned to Facebook to voice concerns about dentists who will not allow them to accompany their child during procedures. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports there are no set policies mandating access during treatment.

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Back To School Tax Holiday Extended

By on August 7th, 2015 | Last updated: August 7, 2015 at 6:08 pm

This year’s sales tax holiday, which begins on Friday, has been extended to 10-days. Eligible items include clothing priced under $100, school supplies $15 or less per item and personal computers on the first $750 of sale prices.

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Local Transgender People Struggle for Acceptance

By on August 4th, 2015 | Last updated: August 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Tara Lee is a 67-year-old Gainesville resident and a transgender woman who transitioned from male to female 14 years ago. Lee is just one of the many individuals in the local transgender community struggling to find acceptance.

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Dunnellon Resident Hosts Fishing Television Show

By on August 4th, 2015 | Last updated: August 4, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Jimmy Nelson, a resident of Dunnellon, Florida, grew up with an affinity for water and fishing. After his job as a real estate agent was affected by the 2006 housing market decline, Nelson began his journey of turning his fishing hobby into a television career.

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Flooding Forces Dixie County Residents From Homes

By on August 2nd, 2015 | Last updated: August 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Dixie County residents are being pushed out of their homes as flood waters rise after heavy rain in the past 24 hours. About 45 homes and 30 roads have been affected throughout the county.

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Tallahassee Homeless Ordinance Creates Conversation In Gainesville

By on July 31st, 2015 | Last updated: July 31, 2015 at 2:50 pm

A potential ordinance in Tallahassee, which would strictly limit the presence of homeless people in public places, was discussed Friday. Some Gainesville officials are advocating for a more collaborative way to address the issue.

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Florida Leads Country In Boating Accidents, Deaths

By on July 30th, 2015 | Last updated: July 31, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Florida had 577 boating accidents in 2014 and 67 boating deaths, leading the country in both categories. With the large number of boats registered in Florida, some people advocate for stricter boating laws.

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