State News

Last week, the new President of Colombia, Iván Duque, swore in his vice president, Marta Lucía Ramírez.

She is Colombia’s first female vice president.

The national debate over 3D printed guns has reached Broward County. Starting Monday, Broward County's Library system suspended use of all 3D printers at its facilities, citing the need for extra caution and weapon concerns. 


A fatal shooting in Clearwater last month revived the debate over Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law after Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri cited the law as his reason for not charging the shooter, 48-year-old Michael Drejka.

Drejka, who is white, shot an unarmed black man, 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton, in a confrontation over a disabled parking spot.

Tallahassee's yearly Walk to End Alzheimer's is coming up in October. In advance of that event a supportive fundraiser was happening at a Midtown bar Saturday night (8/11).

Two days before the start of the new class year, Tallahassee's yearly Back to School Outreach was helping more than a thousand students get ready on Saturday.

Updated 8/14 at 9:42 a.m.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune is reporting State House candidate Melissa Howard admitted Monday that she lied about having a degree from Ohio's Miami University.  She then apologized and declared she intends to stay in a race that has drawn national attention after it came out she was displaying a fake diploma and had gone to great lengths to deceive people about her college credentials.

Some 34,000 Leon County Students headed back to school Monday and with a new school year comes changes, mostly related to school safety.

The Leon County Classroom Teachers Association is backing three people for school board races including two newcombers.

Some will vote by mail. Some will vote early. Some will go old-school and vote on the actual election day. Some won’t vote at all.

But slightly more than 13 million Floridians are registered to vote in advance of the Aug. 28 primary elections, according to new figures posted online by the state Division of Elections. Democrats outnumber Republicans, but just barely, as both parties gear up for a fierce battle in November for a U.S. Senate seat and the governor’s office.

The application process has begun for a new state scholarship designed to help kids who are struggling with reading.

Passed into law this spring as part of a larger education bill, the scholarships will give $500 to students who score below the Level 3 passing grade on the state's third and fourth-grade reading exam.

Putnam, DeSantis Campaign Against Obamacare

Aug 13, 2018
JOHN RAOUX / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The two main Republican candidates battling for Florida governor have a simple message when it comes to health care: Just say no to Obamacare.

Florida Democratic Governor Candidates Push For Expanded Health Coverage

Aug 13, 2018
Sam Bogle

Reflecting the same fault lines that have emerged nationally, Florida’s Democratic and Republican candidates for governor are deeply split over whether the state should take a more direct role in providing health care.

Some will vote by mail. Some will vote early. Some will go old-school and vote on the actual Election Day. Some won’t vote at all.

But slightly more than 13 million Floridians are registered to vote in advance of the Aug. 28 primary elections, according to new figures posted online by the state Division of Elections. Democrats outnumber Republicans, but just barely, as both parties gear up for a fierce battle in November for a U.S. Senate seat and the governor’s office.

While some observers of Florida’s water woes see an obvious correlation between Lake Okeechobee releases and the worst red tide outbreak in modern memory, scientists are trying to pinpoint the cause through research.

While you may already be familiar with the palm disease lethal yellowing, which first turned up in Florida in Sarasota and Manatee Counties about a decade ago, scientists are starting to spread the word about another disease impacting palm trees, mostly natives, called lethal bronzing.

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