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Sarasota County Delays Ban On Recreational Marijuana

The Sarasota County Commission has rejected a preemptive ban on recreational marijuana because of an error found in the ordinance.

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No Longer Daily, White House Press Briefings Fade As Trump Does The Talking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCL1ZG53tEU Press secretary Sarah Sanders last walked up to the lectern in the White House press briefing room on Oct. 3 after a 23-day drought. Before that, there had been an 18-day stretch with no briefing. Early in the Trump administration, the regular White House press briefings were must-see TV, getting big ratings for the sparring between press secretary and press. In recent months, though, the briefings have shrunk away to the point at which calling them...

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As of Wednesday, young undocumented immigrants in Southwest Florida who want to stay here legally can apply for a temporary reprieve from deportation. 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications Wednesday under the new deferred action policy. 

There are more than 140,000 DREAM Act students in the state of Florida that can apply for deferred action.

And close to 50 thousand in Miami-Dade county.

Jose Luis Marantes is co-founder of Students Working For Equal Rights -- or SWER

He says it is risky for undocumented students to share their information with the federal government.

"But I will tell you one thing. When rights are given to someone. Imagine the amount of power and energy that's taken to win those rights. Watch out what happens if when you try to take those rights away.There's no stopping us."

Is your backyard citrus tree failing?  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has developed a new iPhone app that can that can probably help you identify the culprit.  Rebecca Blue is the USDA’s undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs which developed the free “Save Our Citrus” app.

GOP Convention Marchers Promote "Peaceful" Event

Aug 16, 2012

A massive protest bringing together thousands of people from around the country is planned for the streets of downtown Tampa during the first day of the Republican National Convention. A group of organizers met today, and Steve Newborn reports they promise the event will be peaceful.

The National Harmful Algal Bloom Committee has elected Barbara Kirkpatrick, a senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, as co-chair.

Kirkpatrick, a leading researcher on the effects of red tide on the human respiratory system, will chair the committee alongside Raphael Kudela, a professor of ocean sciences at UC Santa Cruz. 

The Nature Conservancy

After a record 17-foot Burmese python carrying 87 eggs was caught in Everglades National Park Monday the Nature Conservancy reminds residents and visitors it has a 24-hour response team in ten counties including Collier, Hendry and Glades.

If you see a sun-bathing python or any other invasive species, like Nile monitors, take a photo and call I-888-IveGot1 to report your sighting to the Python Patrol.

State elections officials will re-start an effort to check the voter rolls against lists of possible non-citizens before Election Day in November. 

Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Tuesday the state will have a new list that will be better than the last one. 

That's because the state is expecting to use the federal Homeland Security SAVE database.

Gas prices are on their way up again.

The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices shows that gas has increased nationwide by 18 cents over the last two weeks-- that's the biggest jump so far this year.

That same trend can be seen in Florida. However Jessica Brady with Triple A says Florida is not as bad off as California or some states in the midwest...

"The average price of gas per gallon in West Palm Beach is $3.76, it's $3.74 in Miami and $3.73 in Fort Lauderdale. Each of those are up 10 cents from last week and 35 cents from month ago."

 

Citizens property insurance is in the process of making some unprecedented changes.

It is aggressively trying to reduce its exposure to risk. The state-backed insurer wants to cut in half the number of policies it has to about 750-thousand.

Miami Herald Political reporter Toluse Olorunnipa has been following the story. He says what's different this time around is that in the past state lawmakers have handled most of the major changes to Citizens.

Here's the above-the-fold headline on Sunday's Miami Herald: "Ryan could hurt Romney in Florida."

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