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The Florida Legislature is out to protect its citizens’ phone lines from unwanted calls, texts and voicemails. Gov. Rick Scott has signed two bills that crack down on robocall solicitation. Both go into effect July 1.

The Florida Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo is pushing the envelope for students interested in STEM subjects.

“Whereas STEM is very straight sense, science, technology, engineering, and math, STEMIE takes it that next step further,” says Tracy Zuluaga, Executive Director of Bright Young Minds Coalition. STEMIE adds emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship on to the traditional STEM curriculum.

An event at Biscayne National Park this weekend celebrates water -- and storytellers who want to make a splash.

As part of its 50th anniversary, the park is hosting a storytelling contest. Before a live audience and a panel of judges, participants will tell short, real-life stories that include water -- sparkling or still, salty or fresh.

The event is open to the public and will take place 7 p.m. Saturday outside the park's Dante Fascell Visitors Center, 9700 SW 328th St. in Homestead.

The Tallahassee City Commission is crafting a new funding source for its affordable housing directives. The city will begin steering one-time revenues toward a housing fund.

Agriculture officials are warning Floridians to use caution due to significantly heightened wildfire risk. Dangerous conditions are present statewide.

Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency is expanding its boundaries to include the area South of Monroe Street.

Roofing Scam Moving Through Bay County

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The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a potential scam involving roof work. Residents should be on the lookout.

From Educator Henry Louis Gates Jr’s popular PBS series “Finding Your Roots” to the fascination with African heritage ignited by the blockbuster film “Black Panther,” everyone is interested in where they came from and how their personal history figures into that of America and the world.  To explore these issues are: Dr. Anthony Dixon, assistant professor and archivist at Bethune Cookman University; Bill Lowman, author, speaker, HBCU advocate and African history proponent.

Immigrant rights attorneys are urging a major bus company to stop letting federal agents on board to conduct immigration sweeps.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s affiliates in 10 states sent a letter Wednesday to officials for the Greyhound bus company asking them to deny agents permission to board without a warrant or on the U.S. border.

The Southwest Florida-based band Suwannee Swing Saloon transforms WGCU’s studio into a western swing revival with a live performance of the dynamic string band’s mix of western swing, classic country, blues and jazz tunes.  The group recently made their debut at the Marco Island Center for the Arts and performs at Point Ybel Brewing Company in Fort Myers tonight (March 22) at 7:00 p.m.   We’ll hear from band members Hunter Dahlen, Kathryn Fox, Jonathan Ingram and Robert Kissinger.

Ignited by the deadly shooting in Parkland, tens of thousands of Tampa Bay area teenagers plan to demonstrate for gun reform on Saturday. Beyond making a statement, many of the students hope to register and mobilize young people to vote.

That’s the main message behind Tampa’s demonstration, which takes place at 10 a.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, said organizer Brooke Shapiro.

Parkland parents showed their outrage Wednesday night at a packed, and emotional, city commission meeting, after a series of security scares at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

“My fears have increased 100 percent this week with the increased activity by trespassers, weapons being brought on campus,” said Elyse Claprood, whose daughter attends Stoneman Douglas High. “We can’t live in this bubble anymore in this city.”


Tallahassee commissioners have approved the sale of the city’s old waterworks buildings. The lot will go to North American Properties--the only developer that submitted a bid. Some public commenters pushed against the sale—raising concerns about how NAP has handled other developments, such as the new housing project currently underway near Cascades Park. But Commissioner Curtis Richardson said the city is lucky to work with NAP.

The Lee County School District and the Lee County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that schools in the county will have bolstered security by the time students return from Spring Break. This comes less than two weeks after Gov. Rick Scott signed the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act”  and a day after a Maryland school shooting. 

Florida voters will not get to weigh in on proposals creating universal background checks or a ban on assault weapons. Other proposals mirrored the new gun safety law approved by Governor Rick Scott. Those included raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 to buy any gun. Roberto Martinez championed that proposal.