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Suncoast Extension Arrives at TDC: Chamber Director Looking for 'Money' for Study – Sort Of

Last hours of the Deepwater HorizonIs Florida Protected from Offshore Drilling?

County 5 Honor Florida State Trooper George A. "Andy" Brown, III: Killed in the Line of Duty

Governor Declares State of Emergency, Urges Floridians to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian

Lead graphic: Hepatitis A is serious busines. Blackboard written over and over again, "I must wash my hands."Hepatitis A: FL Dept of Health Elevates Hep-A from an Advisory to Public Health Emergency

Pre-Filed 2020 Florida Legislation Decriminalizes Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

Assualt RifleDeSantis Administration Argues to Block "Assault Weapon Ban" 2020 Const. Amdt.

Photo of an iron fist with Commissioner Tim Murphy's face in the fistNo Questions Allowed: Commissioner Tim Murphy Suspends Rules for Florida Gateway College Brass

Tips: Preparing Youngsters for School

Photo of Florida Panther with copy: Proposed federal law has bipartisan support in house. Would help protect endangered Florida wildlifeNew Bill Could Help Protect Florida's At-Risk Wildlife

Suncoast Expansion Nixed by the Next Generation After NCFRPC Executive Com. Nixes Discussion

FL Attorney General Launches "No Scam" App – Price Gougers Can Be Reported in Real Time

Texting While Driving: Enforcement Begins Today on Florida's New Law

Florida's 'Forgotten Coast' Really Forgotten

Lake City Finally Admits to Cyber Ransom, FL League of Cities to Pay Approx $474,000

A Decade After the Deepwater Horizon Spill, Deep Sea Corals Win Protection

Photo of house with foreclosure sign in front. Headline of photo reads, Nationwide foreclosures down - florida upForeclosures Down Nationwide, But Not In Florida

FGC President Lawrence Barrett eats in the cateteria off clean plates, but doesn't think the kitchen help should earn a living wage. Neither does the governor's board. Addittional copy reads: No raises for these folks. Food service: dishwasher $8.25, chashier $9.00, cook $10.50FGC $22 mil Budget Presentation a Bust: Staff Gets Raises - Kitchen Workers Get 'Zero-Zip-Nada'

Florida Gateway College Mystery. Who is in chargeFlorida Gateway College President Off to Alaska – Who Is In Charge? Nobody's Talking

Photo: Lake Okeechobee. Copy: Lake Okeechobee - green slime on the way, feds suedLake Okeechobee: Toxic Algae Blooming, Feds Sued

Image: St Augistine National Cemetary; copy: Representative James Grant, Republican Tampa: "A direct democracy is for other places - not Florida."Citizen Initiative Advocates Lobby Governor To Veto 'Anti-Democratic' Citizen Petition Bill

left: Donovan Preedon; right: Austin BagbyChampions of Science Add Value to Florida Gateway College Board Meeting

Photo of board workshopFGC Budget Prelude: May 14 Workshop Was In Good Measure Unintelligible, Budget: $21,805,664

Ocean Beach, FL with hurricane rolling inDisaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 31 through June 6: What You Need to Know

Florida Cabinet Meets in Jerusalem

flattened globe showing route between Florida & IsraelFL-Israel: Trade Between Sunshine State & Jewish State Booming

SB 7068 - Toll Road Bill, A Hot Topic at Planning Council: Opposition is Out of the Gate Early

Without Medicaid Expansion Florida Lags in Maternal Health

Photo of turnpike traffic at night. Copy reads: Governor signs toll road bill. FL Chamber thrilled, Sierra Club FL declares warOpponents of FL Turnpike Bill Vow 'War on Toll Roads to Nowhere'

jumping sturgeonSturgeon Returning to the Suwannee & Jumping

picture of shadow computer hacker of digital background and flattened world globe with the words across image: Florida HackedTwo Florida Counties Hacked Before 2016 Election: State Agents Knew It

turnpike at night with headline: Florida's toll road plan on Gov's desk: hotbed of contentionFor Whom the FL Road Bill Tolls: Gov Pressured to Veto/Sign Turnpike Plan

FL Elections Officials Puzzled by 11th Hour Petition Changes in House Bill 5

Lake City Assistant City Manager: City on the Move, Position to be Advertised Shortly

North Florida Blooms With Color

ICE agent arresting someoneNew ICE Warrant Program Seeks to Expand Local Role Enforcing Immigration Policy

Florida adopts 9.1 billion dollar budgetFL Legislature Concludes Session With Sat. Adoption of $91.1 Billion Budget

From trusts to the general fund - Florida Legislators balance the budget: image of money floating downFlorida Legislature Budget Balancing: In Trusts Do They Trust

classroom blackboard: floirda school vouchers, headed back to the florida supremesFlorida OKs Publicly Subsidized School Voucher Plan: Defies 2006 FL Supreme Court Ruling

Florida's Parental Consent Abortion Bill Stalls

ballot iniatives: republicans tightening up the rulesFlorida House OK's Restrictions on Petition Gathering for Ballot Measures

FL state flag with  copy: no sanctuary cities here, but just in caseFL House Adopts DeSantis-Sanctioned 'Sanctuary City' Bill

FL Senate OK's 'Guardian' Expansion, Likely Ensuring Adoption of Armed Teachers

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

Amending Florida's Constitution - Under AttackCitizen Constitutional Initiatives Under Attack by Florida Legislature

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