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Black Farmers Group Shut Down Application Process After Lawmakers Passed Medical Marijuana Law

October 6, 2017 - 10:30am

The Florida Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association closed off applications to new members after the state Legislature passed a law to dole out five new medical marijuana growing licenses -- one of which is poised to go to a black farmer, the group said this week.

Scott Declares State of Emergency in Northern Florida to Prep for Tropical Storm Nate

October 5, 2017 - 3:15pm

Gov. Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency through nearly half of Florida as the state braces for the potential impact of Tropical Storm Nate, which is expected to make landfall in the Gulf Coast this weekend.

State Lawmakers File Bill Restricting Gun Access for 'At-Risk' Floridians

October 5, 2017 - 1:45pm
Audrey Gibson and Lori Berman

Two Democratic lawmakers are filing bills to curb gun violence in the Sunshine State following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 

Carlos Curbelo to Push Bipartisan Ban on Bump Stocks

October 5, 2017 - 1:15pm
Carlos Curbelo

A Florida congressional Republican is leading the charge on a bill to ban “bump stocks” in the wake of a Las Vegas shooting which left 58 people dead and more than 500 injured. 

Florida Suffers $2.5 Billion in Agriculture Losses from Hurricane Irma

October 4, 2017 - 4:45pm

Florida’s agriculture industry suffered $2.5 billion in damages from Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm which ripped through the Sunshine State last month.

Appeals Court Overturns State Board of Education over Indian River Charter Schools

October 4, 2017 - 4:30pm

An appeals court overturned a Florida State Board of Education decision to open up two new charter schools in Indian River County on Wednesday. 

Post-Las Vegas Massacre, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Renew Calls for Gun Control

October 4, 2017 - 2:30pm
Chris King, Andrew Gillum and Gwen Graham

While Florida Republican gubernatorial candidates have remained silent on gun violence since Sunday massacre in Las Vegas, Democrats have wasted no time ramping up their renewed calls for a closer look at legislation to promote gun control across the U.S. 

Democrat Lauren Baer Jumps in Race Against Brian Mast

October 3, 2017 - 4:15pm
Lauren Baer and Brian Mast

Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast has drawn a new Democratic challenger for 2018. South Florida attorney and Democrat Lauren Baer announced she would jump in the race against Mast, an Afghanistan Army veteran, this week.

Trump Praises Federal Response Efforts in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria

October 3, 2017 - 1:15pm
Donald Trump

President Donald Trump made a trip to the American island of Puerto Rico on Tuesday, two weeks after monster storm Hurricane Maria destroyed parts of the island and left millions of people without power.

Florida Declares State of Emergency as State Prepares for Influx of Displaced Puerto Ricans

October 2, 2017 - 11:00am

Gov. Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency in all 67 Florida counties in response to Hurricane Maria on Monday.

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