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AAUP sanctions New College of Florida after politically motivated “egregious and extensive violations”

AAUP, a major American academic association made up of faculty and other professionals, has voted to sanction New College of Florida.
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Gov. DeSantis sends more Florida Highway Patrol and National Guardsmen to southern border

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida Highway Patrol and National Guardsman are heading to the southern border.
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The Florida Legislature passes a bill banning children 15 and under from having some social media accounts

The Florida bill would require platforms to use age verification before accounts are created, with the verifications also affecting adults.
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The Florida Senate is about to pass a bill to prevent kids from creating some social media accounts

The Florida Senate is ready to pass a high-profile bill that seeks to prevent children under age 16 from creating social media accounts.
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The Florida Legislature could provide reprieves from a controversial 2023 law that requires local elected officials to disclose information about their personal finances.

A bill would exempt mayors and members of local governing boards in communities with 500 people or fewer from the Florida requirement.
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A Florida Panhandle sheriff’s deputy fired shots toward a handcuffed suspect after mistaking an acorn landing for gunfire

The incident was triggered not by an actual threat, but rather by the sound of an acorn hitting an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s patrol car.
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The Scoop: Fri., February 23, 2024 Tampa Bay and Florida headlines by WMNF

Legislature passes ban on kids using some social media A bill that originated in the Florida House has now passed through the State Senate. The bill bars children under 16 from using some social media...
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The Florida Legislature passes a bill banning children 15 and under from having some social media accounts

The Florida bill would require platforms to use age verification before accounts are created, with the verifications also affecting adults.

PETA Challenges Florida Bills Proposing Preemptive Ban on Cell-Cultured Meat

Listen:   In response to proposed bills by Florida lawmakers, PETA strongly criticizes the preemptive ban on cell-cultured meat. PETA, calls for renaming the bills to “Special Interests’ Dirty Habits Retention Act of 2024,” Campaign...

Bill targeting Floridians experiencing homelessness advances in House

Listen: A bill that restricts people experiencing homelessness from sleeping on public property moved forward in the State House Thursday. The bill faced support and pushback for various reasons. The bill is sponsored by Republican...
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It’s time for donations to keep ‘The Skinny’ on-air at WMNF Tampa

The time is now, Tampa Bay. WMNF Tampa’s 2024 Spring Fundraiser is in full-effect. Last year, for our first drive ever, The Skinny hit its goal, and we need listener support once again. If you’re...

The Scoop: Thu., February 22, 2024 Tampa Bay and Florida headlines by WMNF

Gun bills ready for a vote Florida House Judiciary Committee, controlled by Republicans, voted to approve a bill yesterday that would lower the minimum age from 21 to 18 for the purchase of rifles and...
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The Florida Senate is about to pass a bill to prevent kids from creating some social media accounts

The Florida Senate is ready to pass a high-profile bill that seeks to prevent children under age 16 from creating social media accounts.
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The Florida Senate OKs shooting bears in self-defense

A controversial effort to strengthen self-defense arguments for people who shoot bears on their property is headed back to the Florida House.
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Florida lawmakers target ‘community’ IDs

Opponents say the bills would target organizations that issue such cards, which also are used by people who are in the country legally.
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An ‘unborn child’ bill is advancing in the Florida House

Abortion-rights advocates say the proposed changes could put abortion providers and people who help women at risk of being sued.
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Critics say Florida House bill unfairly targets teachers unions

Listen: A bill adding more regulations to unions passed through a state House committee. The bill would make it more difficult for all workers, especially teachers, to join unions. The bill requires union members to...
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A bill to change primary elections in Florida could be dead

A bill that called for holding primary runoff elections is likely doomed for for this year’s Florida legislative session.

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