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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The civil rights group Dream Defenders is expected to present a petition at the Capitol to Gov. Rick Scott.

Dream Defenders Stand Their Ground At United Nations

Sep 26, 2013
Chabeli Herrera / WUFT News

The Dream Defenders are taking their message to the floor of the United Nations.

The group, which is against Florida’s “stand your ground” law and formed in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, submitted an eight-page shadow report Friday to the U.N. Human Rights Committee answering questions the committee raised as to whether stand your ground violates the United States’ civil rights obligations.

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Swisher lay offs in Jacksonville: Cigar maker Swisher International will lay off 250 employees in Jacksonville as it moves manufacturing operations to the Dominican Republic.

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Khan meets with Scott: Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan met with Governor Rick Scott in Tallahassee last night to discuss economic development.

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Florida’s juvenile justice system has been at the forefront of discussions around the state lately, with a push to reform laws affecting residents under 18.

The issue received a lot of media attention when the  Dream Defenders decided to camp out at the state capitol in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict.

WJCT First Read : Friday, August 16, 2013

Aug 16, 2013

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Erin forms in Atlantic, wet weather expected this weekend: The fifth storm of this hurricane season, Tropical Storm Erin, was named yesterday. Another system will likely drench the Gulf Coast and much of north-central Florida through the weekend.

GOP State Legislators Reject Call For Special Session On "Stand Your Ground"

Aug 15, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Lawmakers won't be back at the Capitol for a session until March after all.

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Since July 16, a group of protestors has occupied the area of the Florida State Capitol outside Governor Rick Scott’s office. Ever since the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, they’ve been camped out-- calling for changes to the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

House's Weatherford Calls For 'Stand Your Ground' Law Review, But Change Unlikely

Aug 4, 2013

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford says he’s open to a legislative panel reviewing the state’s Stand Your Ground Law. Weatherford’s comments came in an editorial for the Tampa Tribune.

House Speaker Will Weatherford has said he does not support a repeal of the state’s Stand Your Ground Law, but says he will direct a legislative committee to consider whether the law should be tweaked.