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Kathryn Varn / Photo via WUFT's live Spencer blog

University of Florida students arose Thursday to a campus outwardly expressing messages of love against the backdrop of a heavily armed law enforcement presence and the specter of a divisive mid-afternoon speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer.

Former Jacksonville Lawmaker Jim Tullis Honored On Day Of His Funeral

Oct 19, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Thursday to honor former state Rep. Jim Tullis, a Jacksonville Republican who died Saturday.

Lexie Miller / WUFT

Supporters of Richard Spencer, the firebrand white nationalist whose upcoming appearance at the University of Florida sparked a state of emergency, say he's not a racist.

The Florida Senate

State Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, is sponsoring a measure that would allow Florida residents to petition a judge for a protective order against a family member who owns a gun, if that person is proven to be a danger to themselves or others.

Florida Department of Motor Vehicles

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is rolling out its next generation Driver License and ID cards.

Protesters Demand Change Ahead Of Spencer's UF Visit

Oct 17, 2017

Protesters with the group “No Nazis At UF ” are demanding that university officials change the banned items list for white nationalist Richard Spencer’s event Thursday.

Wikimedia Commons

The commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Tuesday authorities are prepared to handle people who commit or encourage violence when a white-nationalist leader speaks Thursday at the University of Florida.

White nationalist Richard Spencer
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Governor Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency in Alachua County in advance of white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech on Thursday at the University Florida.


Florida Gas Prices Drop After Storm Spike

Oct 16, 2017
Jenn Durfey / Flickr

Gasoline prices in Florida have fallen seven cents during the past week and 25 cents over the past month, after hurricanes Harvey and Irma drove up costs at the pump.

Florida State Parks

Three Florida parks in the Keys opened to the public Friday for the first time since Hurricane Irma, as the state looks at overall storm damage to its parks topping $55 million.

Kayla Davis

Although election day is still more than a year away, the 2018 State Attorney’s face in Florida is already in high gear when it comes to fundraising.

Hurricanes Leave Uncertainly In Florida Schools Enrollment

Oct 12, 2017
Carlos Giusti / Associated Press

The impact of hurricanes may be a complicating factor as lawmakers try to figure out how many students are in Florida's public schools this year and how many might show up next year.

Nursing Homes Can Seek Variances From Generator Rules

Oct 12, 2017
Westwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
NICK TOMECEK / NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS VIA AP

Shortly before attorneys for the state prepared to defend emergency regulations calling for nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have generators that can power air-conditioning systems, Gov. Rick Scott's administration Thursday released a new emergency rule that lays out a variance process for facilities that cannot comply with the requirements.

House Panel Backs Red-Light Camera Repeal In Florida

Oct 11, 2017
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The House is on a fast track to try to repeal Florida's red-light camera law, with the Appropriations Committee on Tuesday voting to back elimination of the devices by July 1, 2021.

U.S. Supreme Court Wades Into The Florida And Georgia Water War

Oct 10, 2017
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The legal fight between Florida and Georgia over water flow into the Apalachicola River will move before the full U.S. Supreme Court.

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