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Debate Turns Emotional Over Dozier Memorial

A state task force began an emotional debate Wednesday about how to commemorate the victims of abuse and brutality at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys and what to do with the unidentified remains of youths who died at the shuttered reform school. The nine-member panel, which held its first meeting in Marianna, near the site of the 1,400-acre Dozier property in Jackson County, has been directed by the Legislature to develop recommendations by Oct. 1 on the creation of a memorial to honor the victims of the reform school, which operated from 1900 to 2011, as well as designating a permanent burial site for victims whose bodies were unidentified or unclaimed. Detzner said

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More Than 100,000 Already Cast Primary Ballots

Slightly more than 100,000 people had already voted in the Aug. 30 primaries as of Wednesday, according to the state Division of Elections website. Of those who have returned vote-by-mail ballots, 46,730 are Republicans, 38,917 are Democrats and 11,750 are without party affiliation. An additional 2,658 ballots have been returned …

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School Bells Ringing Earlier This Year

Tens of thousands of Florida school children will return to their classrooms next week as districts take advantage of a state law that allows schools to start as early as Aug. 10. Forty of the 67 public school districts are opening Wednesday under a 2015 law that decoupled the school …

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