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Micheal Hirsh

State Attorney’s Office Charges Punta Gorda Officer and Chief in Death of Woman

State Attorney Steve Russell says the Punta Gorda Police officer who shot and killed a woman during a demonstration for citizens last August has been charged with manslaughter with a firearm . That charge against suspended police officer Lee Coel is a first degree felony. And Punta Gorda police chief Tom Lewis has been charged with Culpable Negligence in that case. That charge is a second degree misdemeanor. The shooting took place outside the city’s public safety complex last August. The...

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Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Clean Up As Deadline Looms

In North Dakota, authorities set Wednesday as the deadline for the dwindling number of protesters against the Dakota Access pipeline to clean up and go home. At the main protest camp, a massive cleanup effort has been underway. Semi trucks have been hauling debris out of camp and people here are piling garbage into bags. "It looks like a trash pile. But it's getting picked up and every spot is starting to look better and better as we work together," Dotty Agard of the Standing Rock Sioux...

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Micheal Hirsh

State Attorney Steve Russell says the Punta Gorda Police officer who shot and killed a woman during a demonstration for citizens last August has been charged with manslaughter with a firearm. That charge against suspended police officer Lee Coel is a first degree felony. And Punta Gorda police chief Tom Lewis has been charged with Culpable Negligence in that case. That charge is a second degree misdemeanor.

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The Fort Myers Police Department is outfitting all its uniformed patrol officers and sergeants with new body camera and taser technology.  Police Chief Derrick Diggs said the decision makes the FMPD one of the few in Florida to outfit all uniformed officers.

Gun Safety Activists to Florida Legislature: Reject Gun Bills

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Dozens of gun safety advocates gathered at the Florida Capitol Tuesday to pressure state lawmakers to reject a raft of bills loosening gun restrictions. 

The Florida House appears ready to take its incentives fight with Governor Rick Scott into the legislative session.

A pair of bills backed by the Innocence Project have passed their first committee hearing.

The Florida Department of Health is working to implement Amendment 2 as soon as possible. But public hearings have been contentious across the state. The raucous meetings were standing room only, with crowds cheering and booing.


Florida Power and Light announced Monday that it plans to build eight solar generators by early 2018. The plants will increase the company's solar capacity to nearly 1000 megawatts. 

Florida parents could see cheaper diapers through legislation being considered by lawmakers. The measure by Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, exempts diapers and incontinence products from sales tax.

Torrie Jasuwan, founder of BabyCycle Diaper Bank in Saint Petersburg, said one in three Florida moms can’t afford diapers. She says not having clean diapers can result in staph and urinary tract infections.

Students Rally To Make FSU Sanctuary Campus

Feb 21, 2017

Students for a Democratic Society want to ensure immigrants are welcome at Florida State University. Although not officially a sanctuary city, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum pushed back on President Trump’s executive order. But SDS secretary Cea Moline says more protections are needed, and there is a lack of trust.

Florida’s high court is giving the green light for death penalty prosecutions to proceed as statutory fixes near passage in the Legislature.

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