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Florida Legislature Funds Orange 'Grove Graveyard' Removal

The state is spending $4 million to remove abandoned orange groves across Florida. That’s about four times the budget state agriculture officials had in past years for this effort.

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Seeming Presidential At Last, Trump Tries to Balance His Political Elements

Updated at 10:28 a.m. ET Donald Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night was the occasion for his most presidential performance to date, balancing a reprise of his angry campaign themes with a recitation of hopes and dreams for the nation. It was his most successful, if not his first, effort at assuming the public persona and personal demeanor associated with his new office. He stuck to the script on his teleprompter, spoke graciously to individuals in the audience...

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A 70-page audit of the Fort Myers Police Department details a department in crisis.

The audit, prepared by the independent Freeh Group International Solutions, describes a department crippled by a loss of personnel in the last decade, and an understaffed police force that failed to develop "creative solutions to address emerging threats" like growing gang violence. In addition, the audit found allegations of favoritism and retaliation from within the department, leading to declining morale and a lack of qualified leadership.

When crimes like the Pulse nightclub shooting or the shootings at the Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport occur, there are two major responses by law enforcement.

First, there's the immediate, tactical reply. Then there's the forensic investigation.

A center that brings training for those two stages together under one roof is in the works in Pasco County, and University of South Florida researchers are playing a major role.

A 515-mile pipeline is being placed through northern and central Florida. When it's completed, it will supply natural gas from the North and Midwest to power plants throughout the state. And the contruction has attracted protesters and fired up neighbors affected by the project.

More than 100 million gallons of wastewater flowed into Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg when Tropical Storms Colin and Hermine hit last year.

Loosening regulations on who can own guns - and where they can be carried - is a hot topic in the run-up to this spring's legislative session in Tallahassee. The Florida Speaker of the House claims that most mass shootings happen in places where guns aren't allowed. WUSF's Steve Newborn checks out the claim with Amy Hollyfield of PolitiFact Florida.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is making it official with a social media post -- he's running for governor.

Florida’s political and corporate elite are nervously anticipating Monday, when  House Speaker Richard Corcoran has promised to name his picks to the Constitution Revision Commission.

South Florida Republicans voted to block House Democrats’ efforts to force President Trump to release his tax returns last night.

Representative Bill Pascrell, (D-NJ) put forward the resolution to “request the tax return information of Donald J. Trump for tax years 2006 through 2015” for review by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Pascrell argued that information about Trump’s businesses, debts, and creditors is essential to decipher any potential conflicts of interest and ties to Russia that spring from his global real estate and branding empire.

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You might think of syphilis as an archaic sexually transmitted disease. But the number of syphilis cases in Southwest Florida has nearly doubled since 2011. Back then, there were about 4,000 cases. Now, there are nearly 8,000.

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU News

The state is spending $4 million to remove abandoned orange groves across Florida. That’s about four times the budget state agriculture officials had in past years for this effort. 

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