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Frustrated Police, Black Leaders Seek Answers After Shootings

In the aftermath of fatal attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., black leaders say Florida — which has a long and ugly history of racism — has reached a race-relations crossroads. Meanwhile, one sheriff says the African-American community needs to "mature" as law enforcement officials seek to keep a lid on the violence that has erupted in other states.

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Polk Elementary Teacher Is Florida Teacher Of Year

A Polk County math teacher has been chosen as Florida’s 2017 teacher of the year. Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that Highlands Grove Elementary School teacher Jessica Solano was selected from among five finalists. Solano will receive a $20,000 award funded by the state Department of Education and the Macy’s …

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High Profile Developer Backs Medical Marijuana Operation

Panhandle developer Jay Odom is bankrolling a Northeast Florida operation licensed by health officials to grow, process and distribute non-euphoric marijuana products, a lawyer for Chestnut Hill Tree Farm confirmed Wednesday. Odom was sentenced to six months in prison three years ago after pleading guilty in a 2007 scheme to funnel $23,000 in campaign contributions through employees or their family members to a presidential candidate.

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Florida’s Orange Crop Drops 16 Percent

Florida's citrus season will produce enough oranges to fill 81.5 million 90-pound boxes this year, down nearly 16 percent from the prior season. A major cause for the decrease in oranges has been citrus greening, a disease that is deadly to the crop.

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Ruling Could Take Wind Out Of Florida DUI Fight

A U.S. Supreme Court decision might short-circuit a battle about the constitutionality of a Florida law that leads to criminal charges for some drunken-driving suspects who refuse to take breath tests. The Florida Supreme Court is scheduled Sept. 1 to hear arguments in a Volusia County case challenging the law. But Attorney General Pam Bondi's office filed a motion Monday contending that the arguments should be called off because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month in a Minnesota case.

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