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News stories impacting Florida.

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Gasoline hit the highest price seen in 3 years last week, according to AAA, with the average price shooting up 46 cents in Florida as compared to August 22. 

Hurricane Maria's Maximum Sustained Winds Increase to 125 mph Monday Afternoon

Sep 18, 2017
FLORIDA STORMS

Hurricane Maria had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph Monday at 2 p.m., according to the National Hurricane Center.

Jacksonville flooding
Robert Torbert

A key economist offered a sobering message Friday to state lawmakers: Forget having extra cash for next year's budget.

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The Florida Education Association teachers union has filed a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that the state's controversial “Best and Brightest” bonus program discriminates against older teachers and minorities.

Ponte Vedra home damaged
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Florida has preliminarily outlined more than $273 million in Hurricane Irma costs for federal reimbursement, with the money primarily used for storm preparation and debris removal.

Irma May Extend Her Destructive Reach To Florida's Next State Budget

Sep 14, 2017
Jacksonville flooding
Robert Torbert

A long-range financial report, which will be reviewed Friday by the Joint Legislative Budget Commission, shows lawmakers working with only a projected $52 million surplus as they craft the 2018-19 budget early next year. It's a fiscal pittance in an overall $82 billion budget.

White nationalist Richard Spencer
Wikimedia Commons

After rejecting a request by white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus and being threatened with a federal lawsuit, the University of Florida has set a tentative Oct. 19 date for an appearance by the “alt-right” leader.

View of Interstate-75
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Hurricane Irma evacuees trying to return home can breathe a little easier.

The Florida Department of Transportation said Thursday the state will not have to close a portion of Interstate 75 in Alachua County, as Santa Fe River flooding has started to recede.

“As of this morning, FDOT engineers and state meteorologists do not believe that the Santa Fe River will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe,” a news release from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Florida Governor Rick Scott said in Middleburg Wednesday that there is a chance Interstate-75 could be shut down in Alachua County if the Santa Fe River keeps rapidly rising. 

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Shawn Carpenter via Flickr

Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has activated another 3,000 National Guard members to help with shelter operations and evacuations as Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida.

Scott was in Jacksonville Thursday meeting with city officials about storm prep.    


House of Representatives

A former Daytona Beach state representative is facing up to 180 years in prison for using campaign funds personally.

Democrat Dwayne Taylor was convicted Thursday on nine counts of wire fraud.

man giving blood
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Blood donations are urgently needed as Hurricane Harvey is causing catastrophic flooding in Texas.

Asay mug shot
Florida Department of Corrections

After spending nearly three decades on Death Row, convicted murderer Mark James Asay was executed Thursday evening, the state's first inmate to be put to death in more than 19 months and the first execution under a lethal injection procedure never used before in Florida or any other state.

Bethune
Bethune-Cookman University

Amid a national debate about monuments and statues, a South Florida lawmaker renewed his push Monday for a likeness of Mary McLeod Bethune — an educator and civil-rights activist who founded what is now known as Bethune-Cookman University — to represent Florida in the U.S. Capitol.

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