2:27 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Florida Adds Jobs in March As Unemployment Increases Slightly

The state’s employment numbers for March were released today. The data indicates a continued trend in private sector job growth even as Florida’s unemployment rate increased slightly. 

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CD 19 Race
12:57 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Meet the Candidates In The GOP Special Election Primary To Fill Trey Radel's Seat

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On April 22nd, Southwest Floridians will elect a Republican nominee in a contentious special congressional election. The primary will likely decide this solidly Republican area’s next member of Congress representing district 19, which includes portions of Lee and Collier Counties. 

Congressional district 19 was vacated earlier this year by Trey Radel, who plead guilty to cocaine possession late last year.

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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
4:51 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

4th Anniversary of BP Oil Spill Marked

David White, director of the Gulf of Mexico Restoration Campaign for the National Wildlife Federation
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The wind- and wave-whipped St. Petersburg waterfront formed the backdrop for what amounted to a plea for more research into how marine life in the Gulf has been affected by the spill - and how to prevent it from happening again.

Congressman David Jolly was joined by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and David White with the National Wildlife Federation. White says a report published this week by his group traces oil from to the spill in every level of the food chain, from tiny plankton to whales. He says oil has been found in the embryos of white pelicans in Minnesota, where they nest after spending their winters n the Gulf.

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1:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Fish and Wildlife Commission to Crack Down on Lionfish

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The state Commission in charge of managing Florida’s fish has pushed forward new rules for one animal that swims the South Florida seas. And it may excite some exotic fishermen. The lionfish is a funky looking red and white striped fish. Its fins fan out like a mane—hence the name. But the real image you should conjure up is one of a big bully, a bully that’s hurting native fish.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working to take steps to kick that bully out of the neighborhood. It’s approved a rough draft of rules that would ban the import of the fish into the state. Amanda Nalley is a representative for the Commission

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Criminal Justice
12:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State Lawmakers Consider Bill to Compensate Wrongfully Convicted Arcadia Man

Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a former Arcadia man to receive compensation for the more than two decades he spent in prison after he was wrongly convicted of murder.

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