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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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A "body farm" where researchers can study how corpses decompose will open next week in the Tampa Bay area with the burial of four donated bodies.

Officials from Pasco County and the University of South Florida attended a dedication ceremony Friday for the Adam Kennedy Forensics Field, a three and a half acre patch of land on the grounds of the Pasco Sheriff's detention facility in Land O' Lakes, just north of Tampa.

CRC Watchdogs Blast Draft Rules

May 17, 2017

Advocacy groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Women Voters are sounding the alarm as the powerful Constitution Revision Commission adopts its own rules and procedures.

Advocates are blasting draft rules they say would allow secret meetings and give the chair dictatorial power. 

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The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that red tied may have contributed to the deaths of 70 pelicans in St. Petersburg early this year. The Times cites an FWC investigation that says a toxin from red tide was found in some of the dead birds.

Nutrients found in fertilizers and human and animal waste are believed to feed the algae blooms that cause red tide outbreaks.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appointing a high-ranking aide and top spokeswoman as his next chief of staff.

A growing number of groups are calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to veto a sweeping education bill that was put together in the waning hours of this year's legislative session.

Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Jacksonville Tuesday to celebrate the grand opening of a new aluminum bottle plant on the Westside.


While lawmakers weigh whether to call a special session for medical marijuana, dispensaries are pushing ahead.  One grower is preparing to open its first retail outlet.

The Constitution Revision Commission is one of five ways Florida can amend the state constitution, but it only happens once every 20 years.

Key West has long prided itself on its all-welcome ethos and has an official city motto of "One Human Family."

Tuesday, the City Commission approved a resolution affirming those values and vowing that all city services would remain accessible to all residents "regardless of immigration status." The resolution also stated that the city would not investigate or help investigate immigration status unless it was required to by state or federal law.

Orlando leads in "Nuisance Gator" Complaints in Florida

May 17, 2017

Orlando topped the number of nuisance alligator complaints last year, according to data from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program.

Across Florida, 12,772 nuisance gator complaints came in leading to the death of more than 8,000 gators in 2016. That’s a higher number than the previous five years but not unprecedented. More than 230 nuisance gator complaints were made in Orlando. Ron Ziemba traps gators for FWC in Osceola County and thinks he may know why Orlando topped the list.

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