Jim Saunders - News Service of Florida

Jim Saunders is the Executive Editor of The News Service Of Florida.

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Loop's Nursery

A longtime Jacksonville nursery has received approval for a coveted medical-marijuana license, as state health officials continue carrying out a new law that resolved key issues about the rapidly emerging cannabis industry.

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JEA

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light on Monday asked state regulators to give approval by Dec. 1 of a plan to shut down a jointly owned coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville.

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TALLAHASSEE — Rejecting arguments by Second Amendment supporters, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a longstanding state ban on people openly carrying firearms in public.

Orange Park Medical Center

As Gov. Rick Scott seeks to eliminate a cap on the number of trauma centers in the state, an administrative law judge has ruled that the Florida Department of Health improperly allowed a Clay County hospital to open a trauma center last year.

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In a victory for business groups, an administrative law judge Friday ruled that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection overstepped its authority in proposing new requirements for notifying the public when pollution occurs.

The department proposed the notification requirements after high-profile pollution incidents involving a sinkhole at a phosphate plant in Polk County and sewage discharges into Tampa Bay.

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TALLAHASSEE — Amid a tangle of legal issues, Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday signaled support for allowing slot machines in counties where voters have approved expanded gambling.

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State regulators Tuesday unanimously approved a settlement agreement that includes $811 million in base-rate increases for customers of Florida Power & Light, with $400 million slated to take effect Jan. 1.

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Update (12/05):   The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said Nov. 29 it is appealing a circuit judge's ruling that would block a 14.5 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates. The office filed a notice of appeal, a move that is expected to allow the rate increase to take effect Dec. 1 as originally planned.

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Rejecting self-defense arguments in a case that drew national attention, an appeals court Thursday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a man who fatally shot a teen in the parking lot of a Jacksonville convenience store.

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TALLAHASSEE — The Florida High School Athletic Association is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a decision that prevented two Christian schools from using a loudspeaker for a prayer before a football championship game.

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