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Calling Gov. Rick Scott's likely bid for the U.S. Senate an "open secret" would be a misnomer — there's no secret there, open or otherwise.

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As ABC News reported over the weekend, President Donald Trump’s former Florida campaign chair, Susie Wiles, is connected to a controversial meeting between Trump’s son and a Russian lawyer last summer.

Lanny Wiles is said to have reserved a seat for the Russian lawyer at the House Foreign Affairs Committee last June. Wiles said he saved the seat for Natalia Veselnitskaya to hear a discussion on “U.S. Policy Towards Putin’s Russia.”

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Jacksonville military veterans want more services tailored for female vets. That’s what a group of them told U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL5)  at a town hall Thursday morning.


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Following the sinking of the El Faro cargo ship in October 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued 10 new safety recommendations meant to better inform sailors of impending weather conditions.

The guidelines are being released after two hearings in Jacksonville into the ship’s sinking, which killed all 33 crew members aboard. El Faro set sail from Jacksonville toward Puerto Rico and sank near the Bahamas after losing power and drifting into the path of Hurricane Joaquin.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

LIVE: James Comey To Testify In Senate Hearing On Russia

Jun 7, 2017
Rich Girard

Ousted FBI Director James Comey will testify Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 elections.  

Comey’s testimony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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Democratic North Florida Congressman Al Lawson said he’s hearing public education and healthcare as main concerns from his constituents during a stop in Jacksonville Monday to speak at a Rotary Club meeting.

Lawson also said he’s also looking at issues specific to Jacksonville, including securing funding to deepen the St. Johns River for larger ships.

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Updated at 11 a.m. Tuesday

On the wall behind Jim McCarthy’s desk hangs a large photograph of a skeletonized tree trunk resting on the iconic Boneyard Beach at Big Talbot Island State Park.

“That beach is important,” said McCarthy, president of North Florida Land Trust. Since 2012, the nonprofit organization has preserved most of the over 1,000 acres of privately owned land on the island. The project, which protects migratory birds’ layover spots and diamondback terrapins’ dwellings, is largely financed by a private fund.


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NPR Politics team live blogged from the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gov. Rick Scott said the state needs to market itself and offer business incentives in order to continue growing jobs, but the House has voted to eliminate Florida’s economic development organization and cut marketing dollars.

Scott spoke against the cuts at a roundtable with Northeast Florida city officials and business owners Monday morning at Harbinger, a sign making company on Jacksonville’s southside.


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The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

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TALLAHASSEE — In a sharply worded opinion, an appeals court Tuesday overturned a Leon County judge's 2016 decision that seemed to support the "opt-out" movement that encourages parents to defy standardized testing requirements.

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.

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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.

Shortly after the president concluded, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear delivered the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address.

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