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Feds are still weighing whether to appeal a ruling on wetlands permitting in Florida

A U.S. district judge ruled that the federal government improperly shifted permitting authority to Florida for projects that affect wetlands.
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An appeals court will consider Florida’s pronouns law in September

A federal appeals court will hear arguments over a 2023 Florida law to restrict educators’ use of personal pronouns and titles in schools.
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Citizens Property Insurance adds policies before the storm season

Florida's Citizens Property Insurance Corp. added nearly 5,000 policies last week,

Three defendants plead not guilty as pro-Palestine activists rally outside Tampa courthouse

Listen: 3 of the 13 defendants arrested during a protest at the University of South Florida pled not guilty Monday. Pro-Palestine activists gathered outside of a Tampa courthouse during their arraignments. About 25 people waved...
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Gulfport raises the LGBTQ Pride flag; a Florida bill that died this year would have outlawed that

The city of Gulfport, Florida raised the Pride flag over its public library. A bill that died in the state Legislature would have outlawed it.
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Get your hurricane disaster kit ready for this season

This hurricane season is forecast to be one of the busiest yet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts above-normal hurricane activity for the Atlantic season which spans June 1 – Nov. 30. State officials...

Here are some boat safety tips that are important to remember, especially in Florida

The National Safe Boating Council wants to remind boaters to brush up on their boat safety skills and prepare for boating season.
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Largo Democrat Dawn Douglas will run against State Rep. Berny Jacques, R-Seminole

Dawn Douglas opened a campaign account to run against Berny Jacques in Pinellas County’s House District 59.
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Conservation groups urge EPA to set limits on toxic algal blooms

Listen: Five conservation organizations petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency Thursday to set limits on algae bloom toxins. The blooms threaten the health of Floridians and wildlife. Jason Totoiu is the senior attorney with the Center...
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Florida teachers union reacts to state’s Board of Education meeting

The state’s largest teacher’s union said the Florida Board of Education blames teachers for what’s wrong with public schools.  Andrew Spar is president of the Florida Education Association. He spoke in a Zoom webinar following...

The Scoop: Fri. May 31st, 2024 Tampa Bay and Florida headlines by WMNF

Former President Donald Trump has been convicted on 34 counts of falsifying business records, and Florida deals with an abundance of pythons.
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Floridians react to the Trump guilty verdict: outrage and praise

Florida Republicans attacked the conviction of former President Trump, while Democrats said the verdict showed nobody is above the law.

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