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News stories that impact the state of Florida.

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Floridians who can't afford a lawyer, but aren't poor enough to qualify for free legal aid, might soon have a new tool to help them prepare for their day in court.

A Florida Supreme Court commission is developing an internet portal to connect middle class people with attorneys.


TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University won't have to pay damages to a gun-rights group for incorrect information about firearms published in a 2015 football "game day" guide.

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida citrus growers could save more than $11 million in taxes they pay on boxes of oranges and grapefruit under a proposed Department of Citrus budget that would trim jobs to meet the demands of a troubled industry.

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TALLAHASSEE — A Miami-Dade County judge ruled Monday that a state law allowing the death penalty to be imposed without a unanimous jury decision is unconstitutional, adding to the challenges facing Florida's capital punishment structure.

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TALLAHASSEE — Suicide rates are rising for children and young adults, both nationally and statewide — and Florida policymakers are trying to reverse the trend.

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TALLAHASSEE — The impasse over Florida's next insurance commissioner ended Friday.

Remaining in-house, Gov. Rick Scott and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater — in their third attempt to reach a joint recommendation on the high-profile job — agreed to promote Deputy Commissioner David Altmaier to become the state's top insurance regulator.

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TALLAHASSEE — Donald Trump didn't misrepresent his role in a beachfront project in Fort Lauderdale that went bust in 2009, a Florida appeals court has ruled.

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Fifty-five years in prison is not the same as a life sentence, a Florida appeals court ruled Monday. The sentence was handed down to a 16-year-old Jacksonville boy for attempted murder.


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Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is urging the Navy to make Florida home for a new squadron of unmanned drones.

Jacksonville is one of three sites currently in the running.

Two of the three sites being considered for the new squadron of unmanned aerial surveillance drones are in Florida — Naval Air Station Key West and Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville. NASA Flight Facility in Virginia is also being considered.

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TALLAHASSEE — Individuals who are voluntarily being questioned by authorities have to be told when a lawyer is present, the Florida Supreme Court decided on Thursday.

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TALLAHASSEE — A key federal health agency on Tuesday notified Florida and other states that they may not ban Medicaid funding for family-planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions.

That likely blocks a controversial provision of a new Florida abortion law (HB 1411) signed last month by Gov. Rick Scott.

Florida Senate

TALLAHASSEE — In what could be one of the state's most hotly contested congressional primary battles, state Sen. Greg Evers said Monday he is running for an open Northwest Florida seat being vacated by veteran U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller.

Florida wildlife officials have unveiled a pilot program in the Florida Panhandle as part of their latest lionfish removal efforts.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hearing from thousands of Floridians who don’t want the West Indian manatee down-listed from endangered to threatened.

The news is constantly changing about the Zika virus. Federal funding and prevention efforts have been a huge part of the discussion this week. And, with Florida leading the nation with close to 90 cases of the mosquito-borne disease, the state’s congressional leaders say it’s even more crucial that something is done.

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