Gina Jordan

Tallahassee reporter

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Local governments still have most of their powers intact -- despite efforts by lawmakers during the legislative session that ended last week in Tallahassee.

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Governor Rick Scott has declared a Public Health Emergency and directed the state government to act to curb Florida's opioid epidemic. 

Calls are mounting for Gov. Rick Scott to declare of public health emergency in the wake of an estimated 4,000 deaths in Florida last year due to heroin and opioid overdoses.

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Calls are mounting for Gov. Rick Scott to declare of public health emergency in the wake of an estimated 4,000 deaths in Florida last year due to heroin and opioid overdoses.


Other states struggling with the problem - including Maryland, Alaska, and Virginia - have chosen to declare an emergency, enabling the release of additional funds for law enforcement and treatment.

 

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Republicans aren't playing nice in Tallahassee. Insults are flying at news conferences and in social media, but they aren't being hurled at the other side of the aisle. The rhetoric is being waged against fellow Republicans.

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The suspect arrested for the January shootings inside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport had been held just months earlier on a mental health evaluation in Alaska.

While Governor Rick Scott has said he supports making it harder for mentally ill people to have guns, no such proposal is on the agenda for the coming legislative session.

Michael Auslen in the Herald/Times Tallahassee bureau spoke with WLRN's Gina Jordan about the latest calls for action dealing with mentally ill people and guns. Listen to the interview here: 

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Florida is among the worst states for women living in poverty. A report out this month by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance finds 41.5 percent of single women with children are in poverty in our state.

 

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The Florida Supreme Court will have a vacancy when Justice James E.C. Perry retires Dec. 30. That means Gov. Rick Scott will name a new justice to the seven-member court in the coming weeks.

It’s Scott’s first time appointing a justice to the state’s highest court.

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The Color of Change political action committee (PAC) has launched #VotingWhileBlack, a program to engage black voters in races that may have the strongest impact on their communities.

PAC Director Arisha Hatch says elected officials often pursue black voters then forget about black communities once they take office. So the program is designed to hold politicians accountable for promises made on the campaign trail.

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“Everything went well,” Jesse Scott said with relief as he walked out of his interview at CareerSource Capital Region, an employment and training center in Tallahassee.

“There's a lot of people that live on [the] edge. Many Floridians do base their livelihood on making a 40-hour work week each week,” Scott said. “If something interrupts that, you can fall between the cracks.”

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The middle class has fewer and fewer job opportunities in Florida according to the newest edition of an annual report called “The State of Working Florida.” The study looks at how the jobs available, as well as the pay and benefits they offer, affect prospects for climbing the economic ladder. Researchers studied the years from 2009 to 2014.

You didn't have time to wait for the long list of results last night? Fear not.  The WLRN team has summarized the key takeaways of this primary election for South Florida. 

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In 1947, a 28-year-old baseball player named Jackie Robinson broke the Major League’s color barrier when he signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. That historical document and others will be on display at two Miami Marlins games this week.

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Florida has no shortage of weird and wacky stories that contribute to its reputation as the 'punchline' state.

Tampa Bay Times reporter Craig Pittman has spent decades collecting those stories. He’s made regular use of the #OhFlorida hashtag on Twitter for years thanks to a seemingly endless supply of bizarre news fodder. Now he’s compiled many of his favorites into a book. "Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country" is in bookstores now.

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#BlackLivesMatter was born three years ago after the murder trial of George Zimmerman, the man who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was found not guilty.

Similar hashtags are competing for prominence, such as #AllLivesMatter.

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