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Bolin’s execution brings relief to some, sadness to others

After 30 years of trials and appeals Oscar Ray Bolin, 53, who was convicted of fatally stabbing and bludgeoning three Tampa Bay area women in 1986, was executed at Florida State Prison in Starke. Relatives and friends of his victims expressed relief at his execution, while death penalty opponents and his attorneys continued to believe that he was innocent.

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Challenges Pile Up Over Pot Licenses

The Florida Department of Health received 13 petitions from nurseries challenging the medical-marijuana licenses that were granted to five nurseries. Loop’s Nursery, Plants of Ruskin, Tornello Landscape, Redlands Nursery, Dewar's, and McCrory's Sunny Hill Nursery on Monday joined three other nurseries that filed petitions late last week challenging the awarded licenses. The nurseries filed the petitions because they believe the department did not allow them to defend their presentations before the licenses were awarded.

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