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Amendment 6, also known as Marsy’s Law passed Tuesday.  Click here for the results.

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On their November ballots, First Coast voters have up to six judges facing the question: Should they keep their job?

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Amendment 6, known as Marsy’s Law, will let Florida voters decide if a list of victims’ rights should be added to the state’s constitution.

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Lots of millennial-aged Democrats crowded in the University of North Florida’s Boathouse restaurant Tuesday evening to watch the poll numbers.

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Florida Circuit Judge John Cooper has ruled Amendment 8 - which deals with education - is  misleading and is throwing it off voters’ November ballots. 

There has been an arrest in the Clearwater 'stand your ground' case.

The State Attorney's office is charging Micheal Drejka with manslaughter in the death of Markeis McGlockton.

According to a press release, an arrest warrant was issued this Monday morning and Drejka is being booked into the Pinellas County Jail. His bond has been set at $100,000.

Democrat Jeff Greene’s campaign bus pulled up to Jacksonville’s Northwestern Middle School a few weeks ahead of the start of school. The Palm Beach billionaire came to the low-income area to give backpacks to kids.

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Update 4:03 p.m.: This story has been updated to include comments from Airbnb Florida.

Like the protracted legal and legislative battle over supervising ride-hailing smartphone apps like Uber and Lyft, the Jacksonville City Council is again finding itself in the middle of a regulatory Catch-22 that is costing it tax revenue.

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Northeast Florida parents of autistic children and their therapists are calling on state health regulators to speed up Medicaid coverage approvals for a specific therapy.

Applied Behavioral Analysis is widely used to help autistic people control harmful behaviors and learn to communicate better.

But advocates said a recent state-contractor switch is making patients miss treatment.

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Jeff Greene wants Democrats to vote for him in the August primary for Florida governor. Don’t know who he is? Well, he’s hoping that changes and quickly.

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Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has determined several Florida school districts — Duval, Manatee and Polk counties — that were accused of inflating end-of-course civics test numbers by several lawmakers did nothing wrong.

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This week Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced $16 million for projects meant to aid cities with job growth. Of that, Clay County is getting $2.06 million to build a road.

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Update: Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart determined the accused districts did nothing wrong. Read the story here.

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A state appeals court Monday rejected a challenge to the half-cent pension tax that Jacksonville voters approved in 2016.

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Next school year the Duval County School District could employ double the current number of therapists. That’s part of its plan to strengthen mental health services for students under the state’s school safety bill passed after February’s Parkland shooting.

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The Duval County School Board heard from school police Chief Micheal Edwards Tuesday, who is heading up the hiring of 105 school safety assistants to patrol the district’s elementary schools.

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The Florida State Board of Education approved tougher requirements for students who use alternative tests to meet graduation requirements at its meeting Wednesday.

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Republican Gubernatorial candidate and current Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam said back wages that his family was ordered to pay to workers on his family citrus farm were the result of “clerical errors.”

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Florida Governor Rick Scott visited Jacksonville Wednesday for the first time since announcing his run for U.S. Senate.

The Northeast Florida pit stop followed the filing of a complaint accusing him of skirting campaign-finance law.

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UPDATE: The Department of Education had originally recommended the new scores impact next school year’s seniors, but that’s since been amended. If approved, the new concordant  score requirements would start impacting incoming freshmen, who would graduate in 2022 and beyond.

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The Duval County School district says its graduation rate will likely tumble next year if the state Board of Education approves proposed new requirements.

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Duval County students last year scored at the top in several areas on a national test compared with other large, urban districts, according to rankings released this week.

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Middleburg’s Wilkinson Junior High School and the community surrounding it will soon have more health and academic resources thanks to a new strategy announced Wednesday.

State Report: More Women Look To Online Classes To Earn Degrees

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More women than men opt to take only online classes to earn bachelor’s degrees in Florida’s state university system, according to a new report from the system’s Board of Governors.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is outlining next steps for school districts, following his signing this month of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Act.

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Orange Park Medical Center is celebrating a new state law cementing its status as a trauma center. The law settles a long-fought battle over how many trauma centers are allowed to operate in Florida and where.

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Florida arts organizations are saying they feel like losers in this year’s state budget process.

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Duval County is joining other school districts around the state demanding Governor Rick Scott call lawmakers back to Tallahassee to retool the state’s K-12 education budget.

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After weeks of uncertainty, the directors of Florida programs meant to reduce infant mortality are breathing a sigh of relief.

Lawmakers Wednesday agreed to keep their funding the same as last year instead of slashing it by 30 percent, which is what Senate leaders wanted to do.

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Update 1:40 p.m.: Florida budget chiefs have agreed on a proposed spending plan. It's still unclear how Healthy Start Coalitions fared. This is a developing story.

If Florida Senate leaders get their way, a statewide network of prenatal care providers will see an approximately 30 percent funding cut.

Floridians will change their clocks this weekend as Daylight Saving Time arrives Sunday at 2 a.m. But changing the time twice-a-year could become a thing of the past.

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