Florida GOP Chair Christian Ziegler, husband of Moms For Liberty cofounder, accused of sexual battery by alleged menage a trois lover

Christian Ziegler, Florida’s GOP chairman and husband of Sarasota County School Board member and Moms of Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler, is under criminal investigation after...
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A decade after Rick Scott refused $1.25 billion from feds, a Florida lawmaker proposes $50 million for private passenger rail between Tampa and Orlando

Florida lawmakers are championing hundreds of projects including $50 million for Brightline to extend rail from Orlando to Tampa.
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Here comes the Sun: Talking pro women’s soccer in Tampa Bay

The new professional women’s soccer team has a name - Tampa Bay Sun FC-will kick off its inaugural season in August 2024.
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Responding to Food Insecurity in Florida with Gulf Coast JFCS

It’s Thanksgiving time and our thoughts turn to food and those who may not have it. Our friends from Gulf Coast JFCS joined us to...
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Get answers about open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace

Information how navigators can help you choose the Obamacare plan that’s best for you and if you are eligible for financial assistance.
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Backers say the Florida Supreme Court should OK an abortion rights initiative

Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment fired back at Florida's Attorney General Ashley Moody who wants the measure blocked from the 2024 ballot.
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Are Florida’s children getting enough food during the coronavirus pandemic?

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources A new report looks at student access to healthy meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s from Trust for America’s Health and studies food insecurity among Florida children,...
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Pinellas Schools prepare for in-person classes and online options

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources On Tuesday, Florida confirmed 132 deaths due to COVID-19, a one-day record for the state. The Pinellas County School Board seems to be moving full steam ahead...
Florida sets record for daily coronavirus cases in US

Teacher-led rally Tuesday: return to schools only when it’s safe

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Florida shattered the record for the most new cases of coronavirus in one day with more than 15,200 recorded Sunday. That’s more than any other state, including...
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Students and parents, expect changes to AP exams due to coronavirus

Here is a link to many coronavirus resources Among the many changes for students this year, as the coronavirus pandemic has moved all classes online, are major changes to testing for Advanced Placement courses. Typically,...
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Hillsborough school board member criticizes Florida education bill

Many school districts in Florida oppose an education bill and the public school budget passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott; they say the education budget is only going up by...

Teachers’ union opposes Florida Legislature’s school safety & guns bill

The Florida Legislature’s is voting this week on what’s being described as a school safety bill. There’s a lot of gun legislation in there as well. The Florida Senate discussed the school safety legislation Monday...

Pasco teachers rally to protest Florida education bill

A major education bill unanimously passed the Florida Senate Education Committee Tuesday, after a few changes from the version that passed the state House; about  125 teachers and their supporters from Pasco, Hernando Pinellas and...

Teachers and supporters protest outside Sarasota County Schools

Hundreds of teachers and their supporters rallied outside Sarasota County Schools offices Tuesday afternoon; they’re not happy with the latest offer from the school district. On Wednesday, WMNF News interviewed the executive director of the...
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Hillsborough teachers not impressed with bonus offer

Teachers in Hillsborough County are still in labor negotiations with the school district, including for promised pay raises. To find out where things stand after what the teachers consider a weak proposal this week, WMNF...

Teachers, students & allies want better deal for teachers

On MidPoint our guests talk about public schools, the pay and working conditions of teachers, and students who walked out of class to support teachers. Hillsborough County public school teachers and their supporters plan to...

Why Polk County school board joined lawsuit against HB 7069

Several school districts in Florida have joined a legal challenge against a new law that would siphon money away from public schools and send it to charter schools and other alternatives; one of the counties...
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Students from Puerto Rico enrolling in Tampa Bay schools

Since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico dozens of students have moved to Florida from the American commonwealth and enrolled in public schools here; Pinellas County Schools says as of Tuesday, it had “27 students who registered...

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