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Florida State University's Alpha Tau Omega fraternity held a unique fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 29. They turned a Tallahassee street into a giant water slide in memory of one of their own, brother and mentor Skip Smith, who succumbed to cancer last year.

Saturday morning, Sept. 29 dawned clear and comfortable. That was ideal weather for a volunteer cleanup of Lake Jackson's shoreline.

Three Orlando police officers shot dead an emergency room patient who they say was claiming to have a firearm. They later learned the man was unarmed.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters that officers responded to reports of an issue in the ER at Orlando Regional Medical Center at about 6 a.m. Monday.

The white male, who Mina said was approximately 35 years old, came to the hospital that morning for an unspecified medical issue.


The number of kids in Florida who need foster families is growing at an alarming rate, with a nearly 40% increase in the number of children who have been removed from their parents compared to five years ago. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, the rise is mostly due to higher rates of drug use, and the ongoing opioid epidemic. Children in Out-of-Home care are kids who have been removed from their parents or primary caregivers and placed by the state with friends or relatives, in group homes, residential treatment facilities, or foster care families. Right now in Florida there are more than 24,000 children in Out-of-Home care -- that’s nearly 7,00 more kids than five years ago.

The state's newest school voucher program is ramping up.

Beginning Monday Oct. 1, Floridians purchasing a new car will now have the option to designate up to $105 of the vehicle's sales tax to fund what's called Hope Scholarships.  The money generated from the new car sales tax program will help fund scholarships for students who are being bullied at school.

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer has vowed to put up more than $5 million to help elect Democrats in Florida. Steyer founded the progressive group NextGen America

More than 1,500 people gathered for the Actions For Change festival in Parkland’s Pine Trails Park Sunday night, where celebrities and performers like  Alyssa Milano and Skip Marley rallied people to register to vote.

Drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School performed songs from their soon-to-be-released album. One is a nod to the clear backpacks they had to carry right after the shooting - It's called 'Transparent':

A crowd of people gathered at Little Havana’s Ball & Chain nightclub on Friday, sweating under the gaze of a stage that looks like a giant hollowed out pineapple, as drafts of mojito mint freshened the night air. The event was in support of Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida. But for many speakers and attendees, the event’s location was also important in terms of counter-messaging.

8pm ANGLE OF ATTACK - History - A two part documentary exploring the development of naval aviation in the United States.  

End Common Core. Pay new teachers $50,000 a year.

These education platforms are likely to be politically effective for the major party gubernatorial candidates — Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, respectively. But actually implementing them would be more complicated than voters might glean from candidates' stump speeches.

Marty Balin, a patron of the 1960s “San Francisco Sound” both as founder and lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane and co-owner of the club where the Airplane and other bands performed, has died. He was 76.

Balin died Thursday in Tampa,  on the way to the hospital, spokesman Ryan Romenesko said. The cause of death was not immediately available.

Balin, who underwent emergency heart surgery in 2016, sued a New York hospital earlier this year, saying a tracheotomy he had at the time paralyzed a vocal cord and caused other damage.

Capital Report: 09-28-2018

Sep 28, 2018

Child advocates are pushing for changes in the way Florida law treats kids in welfare and the state’s juvenile justice system. Lynn Hatter reports the Children’s Campaign of Florida rolled out varying proposals Friday.

Voters will decide whether to place victims’ rights in the Florida Constitution this November. Advocates say it’s necessary to give victims a voice in the criminal justice process. But opponents argue these rights already exist under Florida law. Shawn Mulcahy reports.

Voters will decide whether to place victims’ rights in the Florida Constitution this November.

Advocates say it’s necessary to give victims a voice in the criminal justice process. But opponents argue these rights already exist under Florida law. 

A bird that migrates more than 9,000 miles from the Arctic to the southern tip of South America, is encountering problems when it stops over in the Tampa Bay area.

UCF's Improper Spending Triggers Scrutiny At Florida's Other Universities

Sep 28, 2018
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Following the revelation that the University of Central Florida improperly used operating funds to construct a campus building, the Florida Board of Governors is asking all universities to review projects built over the last decade and report on how they were funded.

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