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Following two weeks of nationwide gun violence on school campuses, guns are becoming part of the conversation in Florida, too -- but in the form of legislation. 


This week, a bill was filed in Tallahassee to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns in public.  


Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis recommended Friday that the Florida Supreme Court adopt a set of congressional districts proposed by voting-rights organizations.

The ruling is a blow to the state House and Senate, which argued that maps drawn by lawmakers and aides would better comply with Florida's anti-gerrymandering "Fair Districts" standards.

'Global bleaching event' threatens corals around the world

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A quarter of the world’s marine species depend on coral reefs for habitat. A half-billion people rely on them for their livelihoods or sustenance.

Researchers say we’re now in the midst of the third global coral bleaching event in less than 20 years. And that by the time it’s all played out, the world may have lost another 5 percent of its corals, with a murky future ahead for the rest.

How One Family Is Bringing Steel Pan Back

Oct 8, 2015
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Henry Potter was a 10-year-old in the Virgin Islands when he was first captivated by a noise from a churchyard.

“I’m like, ‘What is that ting ting ting?’ so I looked in and I saw kids playing and I watched them. The next day I went back. And probably about the third day, the guy who was in charge of the band, he asked me, ‘Do you wanna play?’ I’m like scared but I said yes. He said, “Well no problem, you can come, you can come and learn to play,’” Potter says.

Gulf Shrimpers Lose Money Due to Imports

Oct 8, 2015

The price shrimpers are getting per pound for Gulf shrimp significantly dropped this summer, despite more shrimp being harvested in the Gulf of Mexico since 2006. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports about 20 million pounds of shrimp was harvested from the Gulf in August, roughly 10 percent above the previous 13-year historical-average for the month.

The Florida Senate will likely jettison the Confederate battle flag from the chamber's official seal.

The Senate Rules Committee on Thursday voted unanimously to revise the Senate seal that now contains the battle flag along with four others that have flown in Florida. The entire Senate will vote on the change during the annual session that starts in January.

The Confederate flag would be replaced with the Florida state flag.


Palm Beach County is one vote closer to handing out fines for carrying small amounts of marijuana and marijuana accessories.

The county approved a preliminary reading of a law that would let police officers issue civil citations carrying a $100 fine—instead of criminal charges—for possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.

If it passes, the civil citation option would be available in unincorporated Palm Beach County. Municipalities within the county would still have to opt in. West Palm Beach has already passed a rule allowing for the civil citations.


WLRN’s Journey to the Macy’s Parade TV documentary took the Best Content Production award at the National Educational Telecommunications Association Awards Monday, earning a “perfect score” from judges.

Team members Mia Laurenzo, Jamie March and Alan Tomlinson were honored with the award in the Television Documentary Category at the NETA annual awards ceremony, held in Tampa.

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio vowed Tuesday to cap the number of regulations government can impose on businesses, particularly "on-demand" startups like Uber and Airbnb that he considers models for a changing national economy.

Speaking in New York City to tech enthusiasts, Rubio praised the "disruptive" companies but said such businesses and the people who work for them are unfairly burdened by a meddlesome and "out of touch" government.

State Change Could Help Patients Get Pain Medications

Oct 8, 2015

Reacting to pleas from desperate patients unable to get pain medications, the Florida Board of Pharmacy on Wednesday approved a rule change aimed at training pharmacists to change their mindset about prescriptions for controlled substances.