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TALLAHASSEE — To the extent that any legislative session is remembered, the 2017 edition might be remembered as much for what lawmakers didn't do as for what they did.

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A former Duval County School Board member and current state representative is co-sponsoring legislation that some school board members and the superintendent oppose.

Jacksonville Rep. Jason Fischer’s “Schools-of-Hope” bill would encourage private charter companies to replace struggling neighborhood schools.

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Federal Communications commissioners came to Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic Thursday to discuss telemedicine.

The discussion touched on ways to expand telehealth in rural areas that lack access to reliable Internet.

The biggest roadblock to telemedicine in Florida has more to do with political will than technology.


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Jacksonville’s historically-black college, Edward Waters may soon have a police academy.

The Florida Legislature has approved nearly $2 million dollars to start the program.

If the academy is funded, Edward Waters College plans to allow students to take criminal justice and forensic science classes, while simultaneously attending police academy.

Edward Waters Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Wanda Willis says she can see many students taking advantage of the program.

After abruptly adjourning three days early, the Florida House and Senate have tentatively agreed to a special session in June to hash out lingering budget issues. But will the two chambers be able to resolve their lingering dispute on health care funding? We speak with Marty Fiorentino, principal at the Jacksonville government relations firm The Fiorentino Group.

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