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Florida Representative Apologizes For Controversial Tweet

A state representative for Florida is apologizing for a tweet that drew criticism over possible racial undertones.


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Lawmakers Tweak Extended Foster Care Law

Lawmakers are working on changes to a two-year-old law that extended foster care in Florida from ages 18 to 21 and sought to give kids more time to prepare for independence.


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Drone Camera Bill Lifts Off In Senate

The Senate has launched a measure that could open airspace for private drone users, while seemingly more-restrictive proposals are ready to go to the House and Senate floors.


Florida Governor Rick Scott attends a road expansion event at the Casa Maiz restaurant as he fields questions from reporters about climate change on March 9, 2015 in Hialeah, Florida. Recent reports indicate that the Florida governor allegedly issued orders for certain state agencies to not to use the term 'climate change' or 'global warming' in any official communications, emails, or reports. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Scott’s Job Chief Lands Senate Backing

Florida Goveror Rick Scott’s new jobs chief was confirmed in the Senate Wednesday, just a day after a committee tabled the confirmation of a top state health official.


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Senate Looks For Police Policies On Body Cameras

A Senate panel approved a bill Tuesday requiring law enforcement agencies to have policies on the proper use of body cameras for officers.


Singer Jimmy Buffett performs a free concert at the San Carlos Institute Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Key West, Fla. Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band put on the concert as part of a contest where fans submitted a songlist they wanted to hear and about 250 tickets were awarded on a lottery basis. The concert was also streamed online and shown on a large screen at Key West's Higgs Beach.  (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Attention Parrotheads: Buffett Is Coming To The Capitol

The Capitol will be getting some special visitors that may involve the sites of Hawaiian shirts and crazy hats.


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24-Hour Wait For Abortions Poised For House Floor

A bill that would make women wait 24-hours before having an abortion is set to be heard on the House floor.


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Court To Hear Arguments In Teacher Evaluation Case

A federal appeals court is expected to hear arguments in the battle on the constitutionality of a system which tied teacher evaluations to student performance in Florida.


LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21:  Alcohol lines shelves in an Off License in Brixton on February 21, 2011 in London, England. Doctors have warned that inadequate regulations on alcohol may cost the lives of around 250,000 people in England and Wales over the next 20 years. A minimum price of 50p per unit is urgently needed, according to leading liver disease specialists.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Publix, Wal-Mart At Odds Over Separating Liquor

An alcohol measure that would allow shoppers to pick up fifths of alcohol in grocery stores passed its first hurdle in the House Wednesday but not without objection from Florida’s largest grocer.


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Justices Halt Execution Amid Questions About Lethal Injection Drug

Florida’s Supreme Court on Tuesday halted the February 26th execution of a convicted killer until the U.S. Supreme Court can rule on a lethal injection drug.