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DHS Extends TPS for Haitians for Six Months

Federal officials announced plans Monday to extend Temporary Protected Status for the more than 58,000 Haitian nationals that have come to the U.S. in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that hit the island nation in 2010.

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Trump's Budget Proposal Slashes Social Spending

The Trump administration budget proposal out Tuesday calls for sharp cuts to programs that provide food stamps, Social Security disability payments, student loan subsidies, crop insurance and state highway funding, as the White House seeks to cut taxes and balance the budget over the next decade. NPRs Danielle Kurtzleben ( @titonka ) joins Here & Now s Robin Young to discuss what lawmakers are saying about the plan. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Disney Bets On 'Avatar' Theme Park

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Eight years after “Avatar” came out, Disney is hoping the film’s success will translate to a new theme park. Pandora — The World of Avatar opens later this week near Orlando, Florida.

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When a child dies, it affects a whole community. That's why every other month, people from hospitals, law enforcement and health departments review cases of criminal or accidental deaths of kids. It's called the Child Death Review. Monday, the group focused on accidental deaths in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties, because it says those deaths go up as school gets out for summer. 

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Federal officials announced plans Monday to extend Temporary Protected Status for the more than 58,000 Haitian nationals that have come to the U.S. in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that hit the island nation in 2010.

The Supreme Court has left in place a lower court ruling that said imposing a death sentence in Florida requires a unanimous jury.

The justices on Monday turned away an appeal from Florida officials seeking to overturn the ruling last year from the state’s highest court.

The Florida Supreme Court had struck down a newly enacted law allowing a defendant to be sentenced to death as long as 10 out of 12 jurors recommend it. That ruling concluded that Timothy Lee Hurst — convicted of a 1998 murder at a Pensacola Popeye’s restaurant— deserves a new sentencing hearing.

Ricardo Rosselló became Governor of Puerto Rico in January at the age of just 37 – and he inherited a disaster.

Florida's Rural Lands Program Could Run Short Of Cash

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Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet could spend about $8.5 million next week to conserve thousands of acres of land owned for decades by two ranching families.

Such deals have become a widely used strategy in recent years to protect land from development.

But the program that would pay for the deals in Okeechobee and Highlands counties --- known as the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program --- could be out of money by 2018, even with funds carried over from the current year's budget.

Gov. Rick Scott has about 10 days to sign legislation appropriating money to counties hit by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A settlement deal gives the state about $2 billion over several years.

This week could mark the beginning of the end for a long-running restriction on liquor sales.  Florida Governor Rick Scott has until Wednesday to take action on a measure allowing stores to sell groceries and liquor under the same roof.

A bill aimed at codifying students’ religious expression is awaiting a signature from Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Hurricane Andrew caused close to $100 million dollars in property damage in the Miami-Dade County school district alone. Roofs were gone, books were soaked, whole schools had to be leveled and rebuilt. But, says Michael Fox, Director of Risk Management for the district, the damage was almost completely covered. “Whatever was not insured, we received grants from the Department of Education to supplement whatever the loss was.”

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