Non-binary Florida teacher falls victim to “Don’t Say Gay” expansion law, fired for using ‘Mx.’ title

A physics teacher at Florida Virtual School was fired last month for using a gender-neutral title in class.
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New initiative sends free banned books to Floridians

Florida is one of the top states in the nation for book bans in schools. One organization is sending banned books to Floridians for free.
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New College of Florida trustees approve $1.3 million/year contract for controversial president Richard Corcoran

New College of Florida President Richard Corcoran is set to earn up to $1.3 million per year in salary and benefits in a five-year contract.
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New College of Florida’s business plan is “not financially viable” according to a UF business school professor

UF business faculty: A business plan outlining sweeping changes at New College of Florida is “not financially viable” in its current state.
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The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Thursday, July 20th, 2023

Skyway fishing pier has new rules for anglers The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved new rules on Wed. for the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. The rules are aimed at protecting thousands of...
City of Tampa storm sewer drain cover. By Seán Kinane/WMNF News

Tampa urges residents to keep fat, oil, grease, and wet wipes out of drains

Listen: This hurricane season, the City of Tampa is urging residents to keep leftover fat, oil, grease, and especially wet wipes out of the drain. At a wastewater plant in Tampa, a technician removes a...
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Petition to protect endangered Rice’s whale draws mixed reactions

A petition is seeking to protect of one the most endangered whales in the world by creating restrictions near Florida’s west-coast ports.

Hillsborough County takes action to improve water quality in neglected community after push from advocates

A low-income community next to the University of South Florida has long suffered from a lack of clean water. 

Researchers work to protect a popular Florida river before the spring break season

Spring break season is approaching. That’s a time when Florida’s fragile rivers can get damaged from overuse. Local and state partners want to minimize environmental damage to a popular Hernando County destination. The Weeki Wachee...

Red tide reported off Pinellas, Manatee & Sarasota Counties outside of typical season

Red Tide is currently back in several Tampa Bay area coastal counties. But it’s outside of the typical season.
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Red tide still lingers from Pinellas to Sarasota

Red Tide has remained in Southwest Florida as of Wednesday and reports of fish kills likely caused by red tide.
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Update on threats to Florida’s freshwater springs

The Florida Springs Council won an appeal and will get a Department of Administrative Hearing on a controversial bottled water permit.

PURE or “Toilet to Tap”? What’s Going in Tampa’s Drinking Water?

The Mayor calls it "PURE." The Tampa City Council calls it "Toilet To Tap." It is the plan to mix highly treated wastewater with the City's drinking water by 2032. Environmentalists and neighborhood activists strongly...
Florida springs and fresh water

Court allows a hearing on a water permit for a company linked to Nestlé

The Florida Springs Council will get a hearing to challenge a permit for a Nestlé-linked company to pipe water to a bottling plant.
Hillsborough River (cropped)

Why have environmentalists and community leaders turned against Tampa’s plan to recycle treated wastewater?

Environmentalists & community leaders wanted to work with Tampa on options for reusing wastewater. But now they oppose the mayor's PURE plan.
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Should Florida have a right to clean water in its constitution?

Some activists in Florida are trying to pass an amendment to the state constitution that would protect the right to clean water.

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