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First DCA Hears Arguments About Abortion Waiting Period

Florida is pushing ahead with new restrictions for the state’s abortion providers while earlier restrictions are locked up in court. A 24-hour waiting period approved last year came before the First District Court of Appeals Tuesday.
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What The N.H. Primary Results Mean For Clinton, Kasich

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders are celebrating victories in the New Hampshire primary.Here & Now’s political strategists Angela Rye and Paris Dennard join hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson to analyze the results, including what they mean for the second-place finishers, Hillary Clinton and John Kasich.Clinton pulled in 38 percent, compared to Sanders 60 percent, and Kasich won 16 percent, compared to Trumps 35 percent.Guests Angela Rye, Here & Now political analyst, who...
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Six Lee County mayors met Wednesday to talk about solutions to water discharges flowing into the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee.

The South Florida Water Management District back pumped water into the lake in late January to avoid local flooding. That water eventually went into the river.

It was one of several topics covered in the meeting.

The mayors are worried about water quality and the local tourism-based economy.

A bill allowing children to attend any public school of their choosing, regardless of the district, continues moving in the Florida legislature. But lawmakers got hung up on an amendment to the bill regarding how enrollment preferences are given to businesses or people who donate land.

Lawmakers At Odds Over Death Penalty Reforms

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In its Hurst versus Florida ruling, the US Supreme Court found Florida’s death penalty sentencing scheme unconstitutional. Now it’s up to the Florida Legislature to fix this system, but the question is how.

Despite early indications the Florida Legislature was ready to move forward with civil rights protections for the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community, the measure appears finished.  Three times the Senate Judiciary committee attempted to secure a favorable vote for the proposal. 

Florida is pushing ahead with new restrictions for the state’s abortion providers while earlier restrictions are locked up in court.  A 24-hour waiting period approved last year came before the First District Court of Appeals Tuesday.

The so called Pastor Protection Act is moving forward in the Florida Senate while it awaits a hearing on the House floor. And while some are pushing against the legislation saying it unfairly targets the state’s same sex community, others are pushing to expand it.

A coalition of voting rights groups is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL5).  

After School Programs Anticipate Changes in Funding

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  Long-standing after-school programs in Florida that help thousands of at-risk kids with homework, mentoring and gang prevention could face significant changes in how state funding is distributed to th

Advice to Florida's recent film school graduates: if you want to make a living, pack up and move to another state.

Lawmakers are a step closer to approving a gambling compact made between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The House Regulatory Affairs Committee Tuesday advanced the compact that would expand gambling for the Seminole Tribe and for casinos in South Florida. The deal, which needs approval from the Legislature, guarantees the Seminole Tribe would pay $3 billion to the state over the next seven years.

The committee also passed an amendment proposed by Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami. It would shift future approval of gambling expansion to voters statewide.

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