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City Of Jacksonville Spends Hundreds Of Thousands On Lawsuit Against Duval Schools

The fight over putting a half-cent sales tax referendum for school maintenance on the ballot and what it would say has cost more than $200,000 so far. And that’s just what the city has paid for its legal counsel. But we still don’t know how much the school district could be billed by its outside legal advisers — if they’re even billed at all.

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Palm Coast Republican Sen. Travis Hutson is co-sponsoring a bill to ban the import and export of shark fins.  The proposal made it through a Senate committee unanimously on Tuesday, over the objections of several commercial fishermen who spoke at the meeting.

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City Councilman Aaron Bowman plans to file legislation this week requesting $300,000 in next year’s city budget to establish a permanent chief resilience officer position in Jacksonville.

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A security guard at Highlands Middle School on the Northside who is charged with child abuse involving a student told an investigator that he “had not received enough training” to deal with the situation, according to a police report.

Amateur Cycling National Championship Coming To Clay County This Summer

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Clay County will serve as host for the USA Cycling Road Amateur National Championships this summer.

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Pinellas County Courts

A 30-year-old St. Augustine man is being held in Pinellas County after being arrested for allegedly burglarizing the home of pop star Taylor Swift’s dad’s home in January.

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Florida lawmakers want to clarify the rights parents have in schools. The Parents' Bill of Rights allows parents to object to school materials based on religion, morals, and more.

While Iowa and New Hampshire have captured most of the attention of the Democratic nominees for president, Florida is lurking in the background as one of the biggest prizes of all.

Elizabeth Warren's campaign started canvassing two weeks ago, and volunteers with Michael Bloomberg opened an Orlando field office in early February and another one in Tampa this past Saturday.

Florida Lawmakers Weigh Whether To Ban Discrimination In Organ Transplants

Feb 17, 2020
Florida Senator Aaron Bean.
Sam Thomas / Fresh Take Florida

Florida's Legislature is moving toward ensuring new protections for disabled people who may need organ transplants, part of a national trend among states.

UF To Professors: Stop Ordering Sick Students To Be Tested For Coronavirus

Feb 17, 2020
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University of Florida via Twitter

Florida’s flagship university is warning its professors to stop requiring students who may be visibly sick to leave class and be tested for the new coronavirus.

Why Are Californians Asking About Florida Cow Poop? It's All About Climate Change

Feb 14, 2020

A California company has arrived in Florida for a kind of reverse gold rush, but it's not seeking precious metal -- it wants manure.

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NPR News

When the icy wind blows off the Spokane River, the temperature can routinely plunge below zero on this city's worn streets near downtown and the I-90 freeway. Trying to survive without shelter out here is almost impossible.

Just ask Mariah Hodges.

"The first night I came here I was almost frozen to the sidewalk," Hodges says.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is rising in the polls among Democrats, but questions about his electability against President Trump persist because he self-identifies as a democratic socialist.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll backs up the idea that the label could hurt him.

Cross the treeless, frozen tundra of southwest Alaska, over ice-covered lakes and ponds near the Bering Sea, and you'll find the first community in the U.S. counted for the 2020 census.

Three days before the Nevada caucuses, six Democratic candidates will face off in a debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

The televised debate comes on the heels of a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll that shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading nationally, with 31% support among Democratic-leaning voters.

Trailing Sanders in second in the survey is billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with 19% backing.

He isn't on the ballot in Nevada's caucuses, but billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be on the national debate stage for the first time with five other Democratic candidates Wednesday night during the debate in Las Vegas. He qualified after surging in the polls.

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