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News stories impacting Florida.

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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.

Executive Office of the President of the United States / Wikimedia Commons

A Senate Republican on Tuesday proposed a measure that would create a President Ronald Reagan specialty license plate.

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A ban on professional sports franchises building or renovating stadiums on publicly owned land is ready to go to the full Florida House, after speeding through only one committee in advance of the 2018 legislative session.

Florida Opens Doors For Puerto Rican Students

Oct 9, 2017
University of North Florida

Florida is waiving rules and regulations to let public schools and higher-education institutions admit students from Puerto Rico on an emergency basis, after the island was battered by Hurricane Maria, Gov. Rick Scott has announced.

Floridastorms.org

Twenty-nine counties along the Gulf Coast and in North Florida were put under a state of emergency Thursday, as Florida prepares to feel impacts from Tropical Storm Nate, which was moving across northeastern Nicaragua.

Gov. Rick Scott said he issued the broad emergency declaration because the path of the storm remains unknown.

Still, parts of Florida, particularly in the western Panhandle and the Big Bend region, should brace for high winds, rains, storm surges and the potential for tornadoes over the weekend.

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