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As the race for the Florida governor's mansion heads into the home stretch, a new AARP survey finds Florida's senior voting bloc looking for straight answers about health care and financial security. Photo credit: Michael Studard.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With the Florida primary one week from today, Governor Rick Scott has a slight lead over Democratic opponent Charlie Crist, according to a survey released Tuesday by AARP Florida. Of the likely voters polled in the survey, one in five reported they may still change their minds. ...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts like Peggy Caruso, ...Read More

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PHOTO: Florida Power & Light's voluntary program would fund small solar projects in the state. Florida ranks third in the country for solar potential, but 12th for solar capacity installed. Photo courtesy: Stephanie Carson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The state's largest energy provider – Florida Power & Light – got the OK this week to ask customers for a $9 donation to fund solar installations in the state. While the plan, approved by the state's Public Service Commission (PSC), sounds like a step towards ...Read More

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PHOTO: Actor and comedian Robin Williams reportedly took his own life on Monday. A memorial has sprung up outside the house in Boulder CO where parts of his show Mork and Mindy was filmed. Photo credit: David Crandall

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As details emerge about the reported suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday, family members and friends acknowledge he was suffering from a long battle with depression. Many Florida families suffer the same anguish, and suicide is the ninth leading cause of death ...Read More

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PHOTO: A doctor says going back to school can cause headaches for some children, with an estimated 10 percent of school-aged children experiencing them periodically. Photo credit: Ignas Kukenys/Wikimedia Commons

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Going back to school after summer break can be a literal headache for some Florida children. Dr. Nick DeBlasio, a pediatrician with the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, says about 10 percent of school-aged children and more than 15 percent of teens experience perio...Read More

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PHOTO: In some parts of the country, food banks have gone mobile to make sure they reach people who need assistance. A new report from the Center for Rural Affairs says in rural areas, where charitable options are scarce, higher percentages of households receive SNAP benefits than in urban areas. Photo courtesy CareOregon.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high. But a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. Jon Bailey, director of rural public policy...Read More

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GRAPHIC: How happy are you, and how much does that matter to you? New research ranks three Florida cities among the "happiest" in the country. Graphic courtesy Flying Tiger Site, Wikimedia Commons

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Are Floridians happy? Yes, at least when compared with people in other parts of the country, researchers say. A working paper from researchers using data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System lists the happ...Read More

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PHOTO: Some say it's the perfect match, older adults with older pets needing foster homes. Photo courtesy Senior Pet Connections

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For a rising number of aging Floridians as they enter retirement and go through other major life changes, it isn't a time to slow down but a chance to seek out meaning. That includes finding ways to give back and make a difference. One way that they can do so that is often overl...Read More

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