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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a a one sentence ruling announcing, in fact, that it couldn't make a decision on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The action, signed in 2014, would have granted temporary legal status and work permits to as many as 4 million parents of U.S. citizens who entered the U.S. illegally prior to 2010. For those millions waiting and hoping the court would rule in favor of the executive action, what happens now?

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The early Sunday morning mass shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub is a story everyone is trying to understand. Violence on this scale, concentrated in one place and perpetrated against private citizens, is difficult to comprehend.But it’s a tragic story that also calls upon our deep-seated nature to confront, figure out and learn from.

This week's Florida Roundup tried to shed some light on key questions that linger in the aftermath of what has been described as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. 

After one more debate among the Republican contenders for president, the postgame conversation was once again dominated by Donald Trump's behavior.

But for once, it was about his good behavior. He did not shout or fulminate, nor did he pout or belittle his opponents or joust with the moderators.

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Consistently, voters say the economy is one of the top issues in the race for the White House. It ranks higher than any social issue, gun rights or immigration. If Florida voters are anything like voters elsewhere, it’s the economy that is the big issue as early voting in the state's presidential preference primary begins.

Florida's highest court on Tuesday will hear a case that may determine the fate of some 390 people on the state's death row. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida's system for imposing the death penalty is unconstitutional.

Florida has an execution set for next week. The state's highest court now must decide whether it can go forward.

After changing the GOP debate terms with CNBC and demanding a $5 million charity donation from CNN, presidential candidate Donald Trump’s threats to boycott news network events came to head this week.

The Republican frontrunner decided not to participate in Thursday’s Fox News debate, after the network chose to keep anchor Megyn Kelly on the moderating stage, against Trump’s wishes.

The debate will be the final televised gathering of candidates before the Iowa caucuses on Monday, and it could be a key opportunity for the remaining contenders.

Lawmakers Back Requiring School Recess

Jan 27, 2016

A House education panel Tuesday moved forward with a proposal that would require school districts to provide 100 minutes of recess each week in elementary schools.

Former Florida Governor Bob Graham wants Governor Rick Scott to veto a bill lawmakers say would rescue the state's troubled waterways. Scott is expected to sign the bill tomorrow.

But Graham says the bill would weaken protection of Florida’s water resources.

The former governor joins environment groups opposing the bill and sent Scott a letter detailing his disapproval.

A House committee passed a bill Monday that would ban nearly all abortions in Florida, but even backers of the bill say its chances of passage, or of surviving a court challenge if it became law, likely are slim.

Judge Raises Red Flag About Pot Licenses But Can't Stop Them

Jan 25, 2016

Florida health officials lack the authority to issue final licenses to the state's first medical marijuana businesses, but an administrative law judge can't do anything to stop them, according to an order issued Friday.

Paramedics, EMTs Could Get Public-Records Exemption

Jan 19, 2016

Florida senators this week could approve a bill that would create a public-records exemption for information about paramedics and emergency-medical technicians.

The Senate on Friday took up the bill (SB 320), filed by Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, and could vote on it during a floor session Thursday. The bill would prevent the release of records that include personal information, such as home addresses, telephone numbers and photographs, of current and former paramedics and emergency-medical technicians.

Federal health advisers recommended approval Tuesday for an experimental implant designed to treat patients recovering from heroin and painkiller addiction.

Negron Questions FDLE On Backlog Of Rape Kits

Jan 14, 2016

The powerful chairman of a Senate committee that oversees the criminal-justice budget said Wednesday that Florida's backlog of thousands of untested rape kits is one of his top priorities.

One of the most contentious environmental issues facing state lawmakers in the upcoming session is what to do with Amendment 1. That mandated a large pot of tax money be used to buy and protect environmentally-sensitive land. But just how that money should be used is muddying the political waters.

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