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Immigration and Disney monorail bills go to DeSantis

Dozens of bills from the 2023 legislative session landed on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk Tuesday, including controversial measures about immigration and state oversight of Walt Disney World’s monorail system.
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The ACLU of Florida warns of “egregious” patterns of neglect found at ICE Detention Center

Listen: An investigation at the Baker County Detention Center in Northeast Florida found a dangerous pattern of medical neglect against immigrants. A letter from ACLU Florida is calling for change. The ACLU of Florida’s Deputy...
Labor unions

DeSantis signs law placing restrictions on Florida unions (SB 256); teachers union says it will sue

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that places additional restrictions on public-employee unions, including preventing dues from being deducted from paychecks.
Marijuana. By Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, May 2011.

74 applicants vie for Florida medical cannabis licenses

Seventy-four prospective operators applied for 22 medical marijuana licenses during a five-day application cycle that ended April 28.
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Nearly one million Floridians could lose their health insurance; here are their options

About 900,000 Floridians are at risk of losing their health insurance through Medicaid. Here are their options.

Trial starts over preventing Medicaid coverage for some medical treatments for transgender Floridians

A federal judge heard a challenge to a Florida decision to prevent Medicaid coverage for treatments such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy.
WMNF Daily news digest, called "The Scoop"

The Scoop: WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Tuesday, May 9th, 2023

  Bipartisan bill makes way to governor’s desk Florida’s health insurance program for low-income kids is set to expand through a bipartisan bill heading to the governor’s desk. Democratic Rep. Robin Bartleman’s plan increases KidCare...
New College

Former and current New College faculty share concerns about present, future of institution

Matt Lepinski hadn't planned on resigning from New College of Florida, but during his last Board of Trustees meeting, he couldn’t see a way forward. 
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Florida second in nation for eviction and foreclosure moves

A rise in eviction and foreclosure-related moves have been happening over the past year. Florida is second in the United States with a shocking increase from 2021 to 2022. Data shows that Americans are facing...

Disney revises its lawsuit against Ron DeSantis

Disney revised a federal lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis after he signed a law to overturn controversial development agreements.
Roe v Wade rally after SCOTUS decision

Reproduction rights group launches campaign to ensure constitutional right to abortion

Listen: Reproductive rights supporters launched a new campaign to pass a constitutional amendment in Florida to protect access to abortions. This comes after the governor signed a six-week abortion ban last month. Leaders from the...
Mdou Moctar

Mdou Moctar entrances Orlando crowd at African-infused rock show

Mdou Moctar enthralls Orlando crowd at African-infused rock show.

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