State News

Florida voters will have a chance to ban vaping in restaurants and other businesses, prohibit oil drilling in state waters, create a list of crime victims' rights and give free state university tuition to the spouses and children of first responders who die on the job.

Dead seabirds are washing ashore in Brevard County, and no one knows why.  The northern gannet lives primarily at sea.

Tracy Frampton of the Florida Wildlife Hospital says nearly 100 have been brought in dead or dying since March. Seven have been released.

On Wednesday, Cuba may have a new president, elected by the National Assembly. (The election session had been scheduled to start Thursday, but the government moved it up a day.)

“Election” is a relative term here – Cuba is a communist state – but something does set it apart.

This week on Florida Matters we're talking about bird-watching in the Tampa Bay area and the people who make it their hobby  or life passion.

8pm DEATH IN PARADISE - Crime Drama - Detective Inspector Richard Poole hates sun, sea and sand, so he is less than pleased when he finds himself assigned to the island paradise of Saint-Marie in the Caribbean.

When Coral Springs police officer Gil Monzon arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School minutes after a gunman unleashed a massacre that killed 17, he says he found two Broward County sheriff's deputies in the parking lot.

WLRN was awarded three second-place National Headliner Awards for its 2017 news coverage in the categories of social media, feature reporting for radio and radio documentary. 

The people behind the Wynwood Yard—the restaurant and culture incubator in Miami’s arts district—are making a bet: selling good, healthy food near a hospital will be good for business.

This week, Wynwood Yard founder Della Heiman and business partner Ken Lyon open Jackson Hall at the Civica Center in Miami’s health district.

Since holding two town hall meetings last week, the steering committee in charge of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund is moving along quickly in the process to get money to people affected by February's mass shooting in Parkland.

But people who still want to give input in how those funds should be dispersed have one more chance to do so at a meeting in Coral Springs on Tuesday.


Miami Beach is re-examining its plans for flooding and sea-level rise.

A team of engineers, analysts and other experts is visiting the city this week to give feedback on sea-level adaptation projects and stormwater management. The team will be evaluating the city's community outreach and communication, as well as its public infrastructure investments and tidal flooding mitigation strategies.

The St. Petersburg Pier will undergo a name change and reconstruction over the course of the next year and the city is thinking about accepting bids for naming rights, according to the Business Observer.

President Donald Trump visited South Florida Monday and heard Cuban-American business owners heap praise on him for his $1.5 trillion tax cut package.

What began as an art supply source for teachers and families is now a creative space for kids. Carly Sinnadurai welcoming visitors to the rebirth of The Sharing Tree at the Centre of Tallahassee yesterday (Sunday, April 15).

Five men who were facing trial in the death of Florida State University fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey have accepted plea deals that will see them take a misdemeanor hazing charge. 

Former Leon County Commissioner Bob Rackleff paid his more-than-$14,000 filing fee to officially enter the race for congress this (Monday, April 16) morning.