State News

The 8th annual Fort Myers Film Festival kicks off next week. The five-day festival features independent films in a broad range of genres, including the premiere showing of the rock documentary “Melody Makers,” about the rise and fall of the world’s first influential music publication, and a new documentary about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of its theatrical release later this year.

A month after the mass shooting at a Parkland high school, students across the nation planned to walk out of class in solidarity with victims and survivors, but at one Lee County school, students were unsure whether or not they could join the movement.

The clock is now ticking on Gov. Rick Scott to act on his final state budget.

Sniffles and Sneezes Spreading Over Florida

Mar 15, 2018

You may have noticed a yellow film on your car and outdoor furniture recently.  February's warmer weather has led to an early spring, and with the budding trees and colorful azaleas comes plenty of pollen.  

Dr. Mercedes Pernice, a board certified Allergist at SIMED says the season has started early, "We had a very cold stretch of winter, followed by early warmth this spring. This increases plant pollination."

Man Who Claimed He Buried Natalee Holloway Fatally Stabbed

Mar 15, 2018

A man who once claimed he helped bury the remains of a missing Alabama girl in Aruba has died after police say he was stabbed during a foiled kidnapping in North Port.

No more computer models or projections. Finally – concrete data.

A scientific paper published in February may pave the way for a new conversation about rising sea levels using data instead of projections.

A U.S. Navy jet crashed on approach to the Naval Air Station Key West airfield at Boca Chica Key Wednesday afternoon, killing both aviators.

The F/A-18F Super Hornet was on final approach to the runway at the airfield. The crew, based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia, was in Key West on a training mission.

Rescue crews found the pilot and weapons system officer in the water about a mile east of the runway and took them to Lower Keys Medical Center. They were both declared dead, according to a statement from the Navy.

Robert Avossa surprised the Palm Beach County School Board and the community early last month when he announced he would leave the helm of the school district after two and a half years for a new career in publishing.

FGCU Students Join National School Walkout Movement

Mar 14, 2018

Students across the nation walked out to protest gun violence in solidarity with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday morning, including some on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University.

All across the country, students walked out of their schools to advocate for gun control and to commemorate the 17 lives lost in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting one month ago today/Wednesday.  At a high school in Venice, Fla.,  students had support from school administrators and the Sarasota County school district.

After a lengthy battle with school administrators, University of South Florida adjunct faculty -- part-time employees who are paid on a per class basis -- have voted to form a union.

A wild fire burning about 4-miles southwest of Tallahassee is about 60-percent contained. Regan McCarthy reports Florida Forest Service officials are warning motorists to use caution when driving in smoky areas.

Superintendents from around the state are petitioning Gov. Rick Scott to hold a special session to address what they feel is a paltry increase to K-12 schools’ per-student funding.

Guests for Sundial Tuesday, March 13 2018:

Scott Zucker , vice president of Audubon Everglades, called in from a Palm Beach County Commission meeting to discuss efforts to preserve the 37 areas of natural land in the county. He spoke about how he is asking lawmakers to set aside the necessary funding to maintain the areas and prevent them from being developed. 

The Florida attorney who was instrumental in crafting the state’s current hazing law more than a decade ago now has his sights set on making hazing deaths punishable as a felony in all 50 states.