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USDA Lowers Forecast for Florida Oranges and Grapefruits

May 10, 2019 - 12:45pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its latest look at orange production on Friday, lowering the forecast at the state and national levels. 

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) lowered the forecast of total oranges 3 percent and the Florida all orange forecast 5 percent from last month. 

Everglades Forever Act's Anniversary: More than $2 Billion Invested in 25 Years

May 3, 2019 - 7:30pm
The Florida Everglades

Friday marked the 25th anniversary of a groundbreaking environmental law known as the Everglades Forever Act, one of the most significant in the history of the nation, let alone the state of Florida. The act has governed the restoration of water quality in Florida's Everglades since Lawton Chiles was governor in 1994.

Landmark Justice Reform Package on Its Way to the Governor

May 3, 2019 - 1:00pm

With the House vote Friday, the Florida Legislature has passed its most expansive justice reform bill in 20 years, an initiative led by the state's crime surivors, many of whom rallied in Tallahassee this session to call for change.  

Robert Rooks, vice president of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, said of HB 7125,  what makes the legislation so "exciting" is that "major provisions of the package were championed by Florida crime survivors from across the state in their #SurvivorsSpeak Justice Reform Agenda.”

South Florida Looks East as Wet, Windy Low Pressure System Approaches

May 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is giving an area of low pressure currently producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the Bahamas and moving toward Florida a 20 percent chance of developing into the first tropical storm of the year.

It's likely to take at least five days for that to happen, according to the NHC. The forecast, first hurricane season outlook of the year, is coming a full month before June 1, when daily tropical storm advisories begin.

Florida Cabinet: Past Time for Congress to Produce Hurricane Relief

April 26, 2019 - 7:00am

Elected officials at the state level and legislators from North Florida called on Congress to pass a relief effort for people impacted by Hurricane Michael which slammed into the Panhandle and the Big Bend back in October.   

At a media event in Tallahassee on Thursday, members of the Florida Cabinet called for federal action. Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recategorized Hurricane Michael as a category 5 storm, moving it up from a category 4 storm. 

AARP Names Florida as an Age-Friendly State

April 24, 2019 - 12:00pm

Florida has become the fourth state to join the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. 

Senate Says 'Yes' to Implementing Stoneman Douglas Commission Recommendations

April 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 7030, which implements the legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, including the ability of eligible teachers who volunteer to carry guns. 

Blame Ocean Circulation for Severity of Red Tide, USF Study Claims

April 20, 2019 - 7:30am
USF's autonomous underwater glider

Red tide off Florida is virtually gone now, showing up at near-undetectable levels. Nevertheless, at the University of South Florida, serious work on Karenia brevis, the harmful algae that causes red tide, is ongoing and producing studies of some significance.

Ron DeSantis: Unemployment Rate in Florida Remained 3.5 Percent in March

April 19, 2019 - 11:15am

On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that in March the state unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent, the same as it was in February. The national unemployment rate stood at 3.8 percent in March. 

DeSantis noted more than 200,000 private sector jobs had been created in Florida over the past year. He took over in January from Gov. Rick Scott. 

Glades Leaders Rally to #SlowTheFlow from the North, Restore Lake 'O', Protect Coastal Estuaries

April 17, 2019 - 4:30pm
Pro angler Scott Martin

Earlier Wednesday elected officials, business owners, and North Florida college students originally from the Glades communities gathered in Waller Park at the Florida Capitol to voice their support for state funding to expedite plans north of Lake Okeechobee to “slow the flow” of untreated water flowing into Lake Okeechobee and impacting coastal estuaries.

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