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Online Privacy Bill Expected To Reach Florida Governor

A Republican state lawmaker wants to give Florida residents the option to hand off their digital assets if they die, or if they are not capable of handling them anymore. The Senate bill, designed to protect Floridians’ digital identity, passed the full Senate recently. And the House will likely take it up next week. This legislation is expected to make it to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.
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After Nearly 4 Months, Porter Ranch Gas Leak Is Temporarily Plugged

A natural gas leak that has poured methane gas into the air since October has been "temporarily controlled," according to a utility company in Southern California. Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in an upscale section of the San Fernando Valley."Many residents of the Porter Ranch community complained of headaches, nosebleeds and other symptoms," Danielle Karson tells our Newscast unit from Los Angeles. "State regulators need to inspect the broken pipe before cement i...
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El Niño Has Peaked, So Now What?

Feb 12, 2016
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We learned this week that winter isn’t over. Neither are the influences from a near-record El Niño. In their monthly discussion, NOAA said Thursday that the El Niño “will likely weaken and transition to a neutral phase by late spring or early summer”.

The damage, per se, has been done. Record rains and eight tornadoes hit south Florida over a span of two weeks in January. This was followed by a cold snap that sent temperatures below freezing multiple mornings in a row across north Florida. 

The race for president is starting to heat up in the Tampa Bay area.  Donald Trump is coming to the University of South Florida Sun Dome tonight.

Several thousand people are expected to be at the 10,000-seat USF Sun Dome to see Donald Trump, who is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m.  A group of student protesters say they're planning to make their voices heard, as well, outside the event. It's his only scheduled Florida appearance, since Trump will be off to South Carolina to stump before next week's primary there.

AG Loretta Lynch in Miami

Feb 12, 2016
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Attorney General Loretta Lynch is in Miami as part of a nationwide community policing tour.

Part of her visit is to highlight what’s working here with community and police relationships.

At a youth townhall at Booker T Washington High School, she spoke with student Peace Ambassadors - a program at Miami Dade Public schools where student leaders address violence and other social issues.

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A Republican state lawmaker wants to give Florida residents the option to hand off their digital assets if they die, or if they are not capable of handling them anymore. The Senate bill, designed to protect Floridians’ digital identity, passed the full Senate recently. And the House will likely take it up next week. This legislation is expected to make it to Governor Rick Scott’s desk.

FPL Breaks Ground on Three Solar Power Plants

Feb 12, 2016
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Florida Power and Light broke ground on three new solar power plants Thursday. The ceremony was held on the future site of the FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center. The other sites include FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County and the FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center in Charlotte County. The three new, community-sized solar plants will be among the largest in the Eastern United States. FPL will install more than one million solar panels within these large-scale solar energy centers.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling on the US Army Corps of Engineers to push more excess water south toward the Everglades.  The action is aimed at alleviating pressure on coastal estuaries and the Everglades' wildlife after the winter's record rainfall.

It’s been a rainy winter and excess water at Lake Okeechobee had been pushed east and west into delicate estuaries. When that was done back in 2013, it caused toxic algae blooms. But if the Corp of Engineers follow the governor’s request for Lake Okeechobee and other places, the water will flow south toward the Everglades.

Central Florida Shelters Add Beds During Cold Front

Feb 12, 2016

Central Florida’s homeless shelters are preparing extra beds for tonight as a cold front passes through the area. The front is expected to bring lows below 40 degrees.

Lawmakers are moving forward with a measure aimed at helping ensure more people’s votes are counted.

The Florida Senate’s Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee has cleared a number of bills related to juvenile justice reform. One proposal changes how and when juveniles can be charged as adults.

Hundreds of Muslims gathered in the Florida Capitol Thursday, to lobby and engage in the political process. The event is part of an annual Muslim day of advocacy, but this year is different: it’ s an election year.

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