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Nearly three years after same-sex marriages began in Florida, two Democratic lawmakers have filed proposals to repeal an outdated state law that banned gay marriage.

The gubernatorial field is widening as the state Supreme Court is wrestling with the question of when the eventual winner’s nominating powers take effect.  The court’s next move could have major repercussions for the bench.

Daisy Baez Resigns From State House After Residency Probe

Nov 1, 2017
Tampa Bay Times via Miami Herald

Democrat Daisy Baez, a first-term lawmaker who had been considered a rising star in her party, left the state House on Wednesday as she pleaded guilty to perjury in an investigation about her legal residency.

In a single-sentence letter delivered Wednesday morning to House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Baez wrote that “effective immediately, I am resigning my office.”

Tim Padgett / WLRN News

WLRN's Americas Editor Tim Padgett traveled to Puerto Rico one month after Hurricane Maria hit the island as a powerful category 4 storm, knocking down the electrical grid and destroying most of the infrastructure.

Gualberto107 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s been a month since the deadly shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured hundreds more, and a group of trauma researchers is calling for better attention to the health impacts of firearms.

From banning the death penalty to creating an elected secretary of state, members of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission have filed more than five dozen proposals to change the state Constitution.

South Florida Nursery Gets Marijuana License

Nov 1, 2017

After a failed attempt at removing the judge from the case, state health officials have agreed to grant a coveted medical-marijuana license to Keith St. Germain Nursery Farms, a Homestead-based grower.

Nadege Green / WLRN

In a nondescript  West Palm beach strip mall is a small office; on the door, it reads Mothers Against Murderers Association.

Also known as MAMA, the nonprofit is a meeting space for families who have lost loved ones to gun violence in Palm Beach County.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

More than a million cubic yards of debris has been hauled out of the Florida Keys since Hurricane Irma — but there’s still enough wreckage along the sides of the roads to make trick-or-treating a scary prospect in some neighborhoods. And not in a good way.

So Monroe County came up with an alternative: Two debris-free trick-or-treat parties at county parks, one in Bay Point in the Lower Keys and one in Key Largo.

Odalis Garcia / WLRN

State Rep. David Richardson of Miami Beach, who is running for Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's seat as U.S. representative for Florida's 27th Congressional District, held a Dreamer Dinner at David’s Cafe in Miami Beach to discuss immigration reform with Dreamers and their families.

“We need immigrants in this country. We depend on a growing base in our population. We depend on younger people to make our economy successful,” said Richardson said at the event on Sunday.

Key Deer Poacher To Serve Federal Time

Oct 31, 2017
FWC

One of two men caught illegally poaching three endangered Key deer was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months in federal custody. The other received supervised release for a year.

U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez handed down the sentences to Eric Damas Acosta, 18, who received the prison term plus two years of supervised release after he gets out; and Tumani Anthony Young, 23, who received 12 months of supervised release with electronic monitoring. They were in federal court on Simonton Street in Key West.

City of Key West

Local governments in the Keys are challenging residents to document the especially high tides of autumn with a "king tide photo challenge."

High tides from Nov. 3-7 are expected to reach more than 2 feet above sea level, according to a press release from the city of Key West. Winds are expected to push the tides even higher along the northeast sides of the Keys.

"Building a photographic library of current flood conditions due to natural events, like high tides, is an important step to addressing the most vulnerable areas," according to the city's press release.

Bryan Cereijo / Miami Herald

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of South Florida lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday that provides a path to permanent residency for thousands of foreign citizens who participate in a temporary program that allows them to work and live in the United States.

Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo introduced the Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees with Established Residency Act, which provides a pathway to permanent legal status for certain Haitians, Nicaraguans, Salvadorans and Hondurans who arrived in the United States before Jan. 13, 2011.

FAU Study Finds 6% Of Adolescents Bully Themselves Online

Oct 31, 2017
Flickr/Eddie~S

Parents: Have your kids been cyberbullied? If so, have you considered they might be the ones posting mean comments about themselves?

A new Florida Atlantic University study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found about about 6 percent of adolescents have engaged in “digital self-harm.”

Boys were more likely than girls to post or share mean things about themselves on social media. And LGBT kids were three times as likely than their peers to “self-troll.”

The 2018 annual open-enrollment period for coverage on the health insurance marketplaces starts Wednesday. But if you don't take care of lingering issues from your past coverage, they may come back to haunt you.

Unpaid premiums

A new rule will allow some insurers to require you to pay any back premiums you owe for the 12 months prior to the effective date of your new coverage.

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