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Southwest Floridians React To Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Last week, in an unprecedented and historic move, President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said he wants to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This upends a long-held global agreement of not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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U.S. Army Green Berets Accused From Within Of Lowering Standards

The Army's Green Berets have gained a reputation over the decades for their toughness and fighting skills. They served with local forces in Vietnam, and in recent years, they've deployed repeatedly to Iraq and Afghanistan. The list of their deployments continues to grow: Niger. Somalia. Yemen. Syria. Philippines. Now a fight appears to be growing inside the Green Beret community. An anonymous and scathing 12-page letter that begins — "Our Regiment has a cancer, and it is destroying the SF ...

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The cold front that moved through Florida this past weekend brought a light dusting of snow in some portions of the western Panhandle and even some light frost in Southwest Florida, but the cooler temperatures left Florida agriculture operations relatively unscathed. 

First responders run towards crashes, emergencies and catastrophes, not away from them. And for some, their experiences are leading to post traumatic stress disorder. But in Florida, first responders who develop PTSD on the job don’t get compensated, unless they have a physical injury as well. Now there are efforts at the statehouse to change that. A note to listeners, the following story includes frank discussion of death and suicide.

Three of Florida’s gubernatorial hopefuls got into a social media spat Thursday over immigration. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and House Speaker Richard Corcoran exchanged words over sanctuary city policies.

The official start to the 2018 legislative session is about a month away, and already, some high profile gun bills appear to be dead. Discussion surrounding the proposals not only pit Republicans against one another, it’s led to sparring between gun rights groups as well.

A new law allows any Florida resident to question what's being taught in the state's public schools.

A handful of complaints have been filed in school districts across the state since the law took effect in July. Previously, challenges to curriculum and instructional material could only be made by parents.

Florida is one of only three states that allows prosecutors to have the only say if a juvenile suspect is tried as an adult.

It’s So Cold Outside That It Snowed In Florida

Dec 11, 2017

Usually the words “snow” and “Florida” don’t go together.

But a cold front over the weekend has proved that rule wrong for shivering Floridians, bringing in a dusting of snow across the western Panhandle late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

As temperatures dipped into the low 30s, some areas of the Sunshine State including Escambia County saw up to two inches of snow, NorthEscambia.com reported on Twitter. The news site posted a photo of a ‘Welcome to Florida’ sign covered in light snow.

Democrats Seek Vote On Expanding Medicaid In Florida

Dec 8, 2017

Two Democratic lawmakers are calling for voters to decide next year whether Florida should expand the Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Property Tax Money Could Be Key In Education Budget

Dec 8, 2017

Education Commissioner Pam Stewart told a Senate budget panel Thursday that funding would be “woefully short” next year if lawmakers do not use an increase in property tax collections to support schools.

State Health Insurance Could Add Water Management Districts

Dec 8, 2017

State group health-insurance benefits, including prescription drug benefits, could be made available to Florida's five water-management districts under a measure approved Thursday by a Senate panel.

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