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Critics Blast Florida House Plan Creating Conditions For Ex-Felons To Vote

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Grieco speaks at the Capitol
News Service of Florida

Felons would have to clear up any financial obligations, including court costs, fees and fines, before having their voting rights restored, under a House proposal castigated by critics Tuesday as a modern take on Jim Crow-era poll taxes designed to keep black voters from participating in elections.

Several controversial measures related to education are moving forward in Florida’s House and Senate.

Historians and local old-timers say that once, Tampa Bay was overflowing with delicious oysters.

And that some rivers, like the Manatee River, were once so full of mullet that they roiled the water and their noise would keep nearby residents awake at night.

The lack of widespread public transit in the Tampa Bay area is no secret. Talks of  how, when, where, and what kind of transportation options to fund have been lengthy, and largely unproductive at the state and county levels, leaving individual cities to fend for themselves.

In Washington D.C. though, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is hopeful they can secure federal funding for improving transit infrastructure. The association met with representatives of Congress this week to discuss the federal government’s role.

Harvard University has been working with eight school districts across the country, one of them Palm Beach County Schools, to reduce the level of absenteeism in classrooms. The university’s Proving Ground Program is part of the Center for Education Policy and Research, is trying to find the best practices to lower absenteeism rates in schools through fliers, emails, texts, and robocalls.

Lake Okeechobee may be a natural feature of the Florida landscape, but politics also come into play when it comes to it.

The tourism-marketing agency Visit Florida would only be funded for three months, while Enterprise Florida wouldn’t get any state money as part of a budget proposal released Tuesday by a House panel for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Tuesday was Coding Day at the capitol as part of an initiative to promote computer science education.

Students, some in elementary school, are lined up at computers getting ready to show off their work to state leaders.

“We need more computer scientists. We need more data scientists, and in the state of Florida alone there are 8,000 computing jobs open, not necessarily all for computer scientists," says Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President of Philanthropies for Microsoft. "Some of them are for individuals who might have a philosophy degree or a poetry degree and take a one-year certificate class.”

Tonight on the steps of the Historic Capitol, a group of Florida State University students and the Islamic Center of Tallahassee are holding a solidarity event and vigil for the 50 victims of the Christchurch Massacre.

Mote Magazine from Mote Marine Laboratory boasts about Southwest Florida’s “sea-green delicacy” called sea purslane. Dr. Kevan Main, a senior scientist at the laboratory in Sarasota, developed a new “Sea Purslane Cookbook” in effort to help locals enjoy the sea-dwelling vegetable. Dr. Main also wants to encourage farmers to cultivate it. She is excited to see the exciting potential of sea purslane. Dr. Main joins us to tell us more about sea purslane, and discuss the details of her new cookbook.

Robert Macomber, a Pine Island-based maritime author, is the mind behind the character Peter Wake, a fictional American Naval Officer. In Macomber newest novel, “Honoring the Enemy,” the reader follows Naval Officer Peter Wake’s experiences in 1898 when American sailors, Marines, and soldiers landed in eastern Cuba and fought their way to victory against daunting odds, changing the world forever.

“Honoring the Enemy” is Macomber’s 14th novel in his award-winning “Honor Series” of historical naval thrillers. He joins us in the studio today to discuss the details of his newest novel.

Lady Noles Get 5th Seed In NCAA Tournament

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The NCAA Women's basketball bracket is set and the Lady Noles are the 5th seed.

This is the women’s 14th time in the last 15 years making it to the NCAA basketball tournament, after winning 23 of their 31 games.

The tournament starts Friday when they face Bucknell Bison at 4pm.

The men's team is the number 4 seed in their tournament. They are scheduled to take on No. 14 seeded Vermont for their opening game Thursday at 2.

Alejandrea Quitero - Beating Bias

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March 10, 2019  Alejandrea Quitero did not take advanage of a perceived bias.


Nearly 100 homeless dogs - most of them recent rescues from a South Georgia puppy mill - were vying for new homes on Saturday, March 16. The mass animal adoption event called "Paws for a Cause" took place at Proctor's Subaru on Capital Circle.

Tallahassee is being rated as one of the South’s Best cities, according to the lifestyle magazine Southern Living. It’s the first time the city has gotten the nod.

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