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PHOTO: Nutritionists recommend including some combination of two fruits and two vegetables in a child's lunchbox, and having them help with the selection and lunch-packing process. Photo courtesy of

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The start of the school year is just weeks away, and while there's no shortage of the latest backpacks and school supply displays at big box department stores, nutrition experts are reminding parents of the importance of what goes into their child's lunchbox. Nutritionist Dr. Ke...Read More

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PHOTO: Florida faces a lawsuit from the Florida Education Association because of its Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Photo by: Jenn Greiving

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A bill signed into law this summer expands Florida's Tax Credit Scholarship program, but the Florida Education Association has sued the state, challenging the voucher program. More than 2,6 million children attend Florida public schools, but only a fraction - 50,000 - take advan...Read More

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PHOTO: Loggerhead sea turtles will be released this weekend at the "Tour de Turtles," with satellite transmitters to track their travels around Florida's coast. Photo courtesy Sea Turtle Conservancy.

VERO BEACH, Fla. - "Let them go, let them go!" Insert the melody from the song from Disney's hit movie, "Frozen." This weekend, Florida's Sea Turtle Conservancy will do just that, as it releases two loggerheads - appropriately named "Anna" and "Elsa" - as part of the group's 2014 "Tour de Turtles m...Read More

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PHOTO: Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., co-chair of the Animal Welfare Caucus in Congress, says the testing of cosmetics on animals is no longer needed, and 50 other members of Congress agree, including several from Florida. Photo courtesy Rep. Moran.

WASHINGTON - Animal testing for cosmetics has long been controversial, but now a group of members of Congress - including four from Florida - want to ban the practice altogether. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is chief sponsor of HR 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act, which would phase out animal testing for c...Read More

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PHOTO: Concerned citizens and conservation groups are attending the three-day meeting of the Florida Public Service Commission in Tallahassee to protest rollbacks in conservation rebates for energy consumers. Photo by: Ivan Penn.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - How much you spend on your power bill for the next 10 years and beyond will depend on the outcome of a meeting by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) this week. Per state law, the PSC meets every five years to establish the state's energy conservation plan, and utility c...Read More

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PHOTO: With demand continuing to rise for gluten-free foods, those with celiac disease are finding many new options. But not all are equal. Some gluten-free products are high in sugars and fats, used to improve taste. Photo credit: Robert Couse Baker/Flickr.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As more food choices labeled 'gluten-free' show up on store shelves across the state, some people are warning that it doesn't automatically mean it's a healthy choice. Mary Waldner, founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, welcomed more options for those who have celiac disease, like he...Read More

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PHOTO: Ocean acidification is eroding coral reefs, like this one in Pacific Panama. Photo credit: Derek Manzello

MIAMI – This weekend, thousands of people will enjoy Florida’s beaches, but many may not realize the saltwater they're swimming in is becoming increasingly acidic. Another unpleasant side effect of global warming, ocean acidification is a steady decrease in the pH levels of ocean water...Read More

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PHOTO: The Florida Legislature said on Tuesday it will not appeal the Leon County Circuit Court ruling overturning district lines drawn in 2012. Photo credit: Jenn Greiving.

TALLAHASEE, Fla. - Florida's Legislature will not repeal last week's court ruling that struck down the state's Congressional map that were drawn in 2012. Last week, a Leon County Circuit Court judge found the current district map unfairly favors Republicans. Lines will be redrawn, but it's still no...Read More

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