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Kate Payne via WFSU

A measure that would double the amount Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend on the state's most-prominent land preservation program has been easily approved during its first Senate committee.

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Florida could be moving closer to stockpiling fuel for future hurricanes or other disasters.

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Oranges imported to Florida --- primarily from Brazil and Mexico --- are projected to surpass what is grown in the hurricane-damaged Sunshine State this season.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers embarked Tuesday on a road that has resulted in a dead end in the past: getting the House and Senate to make texting while driving a “primary” traffic offense in Florida.

Brittany Clark / flgov.com

Gov. Rick Scott is expanding the state's new “no bonuses” mantra.

WUFT

White nationalist Richard Spencer brought his “alt-right” movement to the University of Florida Thursday, calling America a “white country,” but his message was drowned out.

Kathryn Varn / Photo via WUFT's live Spencer blog

University of Florida students arose Thursday to a campus outwardly expressing messages of love against the backdrop of a heavily armed law enforcement presence and the specter of a divisive mid-afternoon speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer.

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The commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Tuesday authorities are prepared to handle people who commit or encourage violence when a white-nationalist leader speaks Thursday at the University of Florida.

Florida State Parks

Three Florida parks in the Keys opened to the public Friday for the first time since Hurricane Irma, as the state looks at overall storm damage to its parks topping $55 million.

Kayla Davis

Although election day is still more than a year away, the 2018 State Attorney’s face in Florida is already in high gear when it comes to fundraising.

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A ban on professional sports franchises building or renovating stadiums on publicly owned land is ready to go to the full Florida House, after speeding through only one committee in advance of the 2018 legislative session.

Floridastorms.org

Twenty-nine counties along the Gulf Coast and in North Florida were put under a state of emergency Thursday, as Florida prepares to feel impacts from Tropical Storm Nate, which was moving across northeastern Nicaragua.

Gov. Rick Scott said he issued the broad emergency declaration because the path of the storm remains unknown.

Still, parts of Florida, particularly in the western Panhandle and the Big Bend region, should brace for high winds, rains, storm surges and the potential for tornadoes over the weekend.

Twenty-nine counties along the Gulf Coast and in North Florida were put under a state of emergency Thursday, as Florida prepares to feel impacts from Tropical Storm Nate, which was moving across northeastern Nicaragua.

Jesse Romimora / flgov.com

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in Florida in anticipation of ripples from the growing humanitarian crisis in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

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The Florida Public Service Commission approved plans Monday to close a jointly owned coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville, with supporters saying the move will cut carbon-dioxide emissions and reduce some customer costs.

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