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News applicable to or from somewhere across the Florida peninsula, beyond WUFT’s core north central Florida coverage area.

Florida Farmers Grow Hops Plants For Craft Beers

The demand for craft beer is at an all-time high, and Florida farmers are jumping into the business. By growing hops crops, plants that are heavily used in the making of craft beers with distinct flavors, Florida farmers can sell them to local brewers and make a profit out of this …

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Judge Blasts Health Officials Over Pot Scorecards

Saying they did not follow their own rules, an administrative law judge scalded state health officials for the method used to grant highly coveted medical-marijuana licenses to nurseries last fall. Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham also made clear that he intends to recommend that the Department of Health issue …

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Last Hospitalized Orlando Pulse Shooting Survivor Discharged

Officials at an Orlando, Florida, hospital say the only survivor of the Pulse nightclub massacre who was still hospitalized has been released. Orlando Health announced on its verified Twitter account Tuesday afternoon that all 35 victims who had been hospitalized at Orlando Regional Medical Center have now been discharged. The …

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Suicidal Man Shot by Florida Sheriff’s Deputy

Sheriff’s officials in Florida say a deputy fatally shot a suicidal man who refused to follow orders during a brief confrontation in a backyard near Orlando. The shooting happened Wednesday night after deputies stopped a man for driving recklessly. Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson said in a news release …

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Council Ousts DeBary Mayor Over City Charter Violations

Councilmembers in a small, central Florida city voted to oust their mayor after finding him guilty of eight counts of violating the city’s charter. The 4-0 vote to boot Clint Johnson came late Wednesday in DeBary, which is north of Orlando. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Vice Mayor Lita Handy-Peters will …

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