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Florida Awaits Approval Of Bactericides To Combat Citrus Greening

Florida’s “brand” and $10-billion economic driver, the citrus industry, could be headed for collapse if stop-gap measures aren’t found to slow citrus greening, said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.“What we don’t want to see is this catastrophic collapse of a 300,000 acre industry where you have fire sale real estate prices and you end up with a sprawl,” Putnam said.
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U.N. Condemns North Korea Rocket Launch

The United Nations Security Council say it will impose new sanctions on North Korea after its launch of a long-range rocket. Sundays action follows a fourth nuclear test a few weeks ago, and the two acts violate existing sanctions.Here & Nows Robin Young checks in with our security analyst Jim Walsh on what this means.Guest Jim Walsh, Here & Now security analyst and research associate at the MIT Security Studies Program. He tweets @DrJimWalshMIT. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit src=...
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At a time when Governor Rick Scott is begging businesses to come to Florida, some Republicans want to shut down a $70 million-dollar-a -year Florida corporation that cranks out everything from custom office furniture to false teeth. 

A bill allowing all sexual abuse victims to avoid going physically to court to give their testimony during a trial has passed its first Senate panel. But, not without some concerns.

Rubio Responds To Climate Change Issue

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – The issue of climate change seems to have followed Florida Sen.  Marco Rubio outside of his home state.

As the New Hampshire primary approaches, Rubio has made several appearances around the granite state. 

Like many parents of high school juniors, I'm getting anxious about upcoming college applications and what it'll take to get in, such as doing well on the SAT. Adding to the uncertainty is the fact that the College Board, creator of the SAT,  is debuting a new test in March and these are the first changes in more than a decade.

Gun confiscations at Tampa International Airport security checkpoints have been rising, and if the numbers stay high, the airport could become among the top three in the nation for firearms seizures.

Media outlets report that last year, Transportation Security Administration officers discovered 49 guns on passengers or in their carry-on luggage at the Tampa airport.

Legislation on the move in the Florida Legislature could ban the use of red-light cameras and the millions in revenue they generate for local governments.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, would outlaw the ticketing cameras starting in 2019.

At a Senate Transportation Committee meeting, Brandes said the program only serves to line the pockets of local governments.

Florida’s “brand” and $10-billion economic driver, the citrus industry, could be headed for collapse if stop-gap measures aren’t found to slow citrus greening, said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

“What we don’t want to see is this catastrophic collapse of a 300,000 acre industry where you have fire sale real estate prices and you end up with a sprawl,” Putnam said.

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  The Florida House passed a bill Wednesday that would fine local governments and law enforcement agencies that do not fully comply with federal immigration authorities.  However a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida finds that at least 30 counties in the state do limit their compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to prevent themselves from violating peoples’ constitutional rights. 

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Small towns around Lake Okeechobee have been feeling the effects of record rainfall.

The Vice Mayor of  Belle Glade in Palm Beach County urged water managers to keep her residents’ safety in mind Thursday.

A  bill to prevent discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity will have its first state Senate hearing Monday, Feb. 8. It’s called “The Florida Competitive Workforce Act." Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth actually keep tabs on Florida companies that are not inclusive.

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