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Florida Gov't in the Sunshine Under AttackMore Secrecy Than Sunshine: Lawmakers Push for Exemptions to Public Records/Open Meeting Laws

Federal Off-Shore Drilling Plan May Include Waters off the Florida Coast

Financial Impact Conference: Proposed FL minimum-wage hike won’t reduce Medicaid rolls

Florida Finding a Few More Families for Young Foster Kids

"Tools of the Devil," FL Bill Banning Red-Light Cameras Yellow-Flagged

Census Prep Begins Targeting Underserved Areas

FL Senate Tpk Building Bill Gains House  On-Ramp: Small Cnty Road Funding to Take Hit

Florida Voters Restored Ex-Felon's Voting Rights, But Did They Mean to Include a 'Poll Tax'?

Florida Bills Allowing Armed Volunteers, Teachers Advanced Last Week

Suwannee-River-graphicNorth FL's "Red Tide" - Sewage Floating South From GA into the Suwannee River in N. Florida

moneySubcommittee Chairs Axe Visit FL & Enterprise FL, Fund Gov's Environmental Projects

spiny lobster under a rockFWC, Office of Statewide Prosecutor Charge 3 for Exploiting S. FL  Spiny Lobster: Multiple Felonies

Graphic showing a Werner "We Keep America Moving" tractor-trailerEcon Dev: Werner Enterprises, a Billion Dollar Co. Coming to I-10 – US441 with New Facility

FL Exceeds "Million Pollinator Garden Challenge" Goal

image of bat with copy: it's bat maternity seasonBat Maternity Season Begins April 15

Bible StudyFL House Subcommittee OK's 'Study of Bible' Bill Despite Fears of Evangelizing

Hindus Urge Florida Legislators to Include Vedas in FL House "Study of the Bible Bill"

Columbia County, trial horse for FSA's percent based budgeting scheme exterminated. Sheriff Mark Hunter gave it his best shot.Sheriff Mark Hunter's Percent Based Budgeting Deal with the County 5 – Officially Exterminated

Tim Murphy sitting at table, gesturingCounty Economic Development Advisory Board  Murphy Looking for Regional Summit

DeSantis on Education: Senate School Choice Proposals May End Honeymoon With Democrats

Florida bill: 'Recreationalize' marijuana to dodge labyrinth of litigation, regulation

Florida State Parks Foundation, St Andrews ParkSenator Rob Bradley: First Florida State Parks Champion of the Year

Some 2017 Congressional Art Competition winners2019 Congressional High School Art Competition Entries Accepted Through April 29

Middle & Lower Suw River Task Force On Tap In LC: Fighting Pollution From Valdosta, GA

Governor Ron DeSantisDeSantis Rescinds 169 More of Scott’s Midnight Appointments: Total Nixed - 214

Area students at FPL solar farmFPL Officially Unveils Columbia County's First Solar Power Plant

Senate Subcommittee OKs Proposal to Dissolve All Local Business Regulations

Confederate soldiers with headline: Funding Battle Continued at FGCOlustee Battle Festival: Funding Battle Continued at Florida Gateway College – Next Action Unclear

Foster-Care Placement Instability
Some Children: up to 35 homes in 2 years

MIAMI - The goal for the thousands of children in Florida's foster care program is to find forever homes. But a new tracking system developed at the University of Miami shows the dream for many children is short-lived. 

Denisha Moody and Atterria CrayFlorida Gateway College Celebrates Black History Month

I-75 U.S. 90 interchangeHotel Owners Complain About Homeless Under the I-75 at U.S. 90 – FDOT to Step In

Columbia County, County JailComprehensive 'Florida First Step Act' Could Supplant Many Already-Filed Justice Reform Bills

St Leo Univ Named as Top 10 Military Friendly School - Ranked 7th in Nation

Battle of Olustee Festival:  Revisionist History Where Black Lives Didn't & Still Don't Matter

North Florida leaders agree to find a solution to pollutionNorth FL Leaders To Reach Out to Valdosta to Find a Solution to Raw Sewage Spills Floating Into N FL

Gov DeSantis Tilts FL Supreme Court to the Right

The Lake City Reporter: Keeping the Olustee Myth Alive – A New Twist on Letters to the Editor

Sen Bradley & Rep Brannan Came to Columbia Cnty, Everyday Citizens Voiced Their Concerns

Columbia County Legislative Delegation Hearing Today at 1PM: You can make your voice heard

Melissa Olin: 3d Circuit's Newest Judge
A Woman Who is Ready for the Hard Work Ahead

FL Gateway Col Bd Unanimously Votes to End Support for Olustee Battle Festival

Dist 10's Brannon Sworn In -  Dist Sec Hartley Appears Before the Cnty 5