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PHOTO: Environmental groups object to Florida Power and Light's request for public funds to fight Clean Water Act regulations, which the utility says will cost consumers millions of dollars. Photo courtesy of Florida Power and Light

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Power and Light (FPL) will appear before the state's Public Service Commission to ask for Florida tax dollars to fund its efforts to fight an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to close existing loopholes in the Clean Water Act. The utility is as...Read More

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PHOTO: If at least 60 percent of Florida voters give a "yes" to Amendment 2 on Election Day on November 4th, medical marijuana will be legalized in the Sunshine State. Photo credit: United for Care.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Marty Monroe credits medical marijuana for getting her through the toughest moments of cancer. She and other advocates want Florida patients to have the option to use medical marijuana if it's prescribed by their doctor. Amendment 2, on the Nov. 4 ballot, would legalize the use ...Read More

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MIAMI - While the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the medical community scramble to get a handle on the spread of Ebola in the U-S, low-wage workers at Florida's airports are concerned about the risks. Cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers and contract worke...Read More

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PHOTO: Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and the EPA is currently accepting public comments on a proposal the agency says would strengthen protection of streams and wetlands. Photo credit Lou Kellenberger/Florida Wildlife Federation.

TAMPA, Fla. – This Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Before the legislation was put in place, only one-third of the country's waters were deemed safe for fishing and swimming. Now, that number has doubled, and Manley Fuller, president and CEO of the Florida Wildlif...Read More

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PHOTO: In addition to checking the batteries in your smoke detectors, the American Red Cross recommends going over your home escape plan in the event of a fire. Photo credit: S. Carson.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - More than 2,300 people die and nearly 13,000 are injured annually in home fires across the United States. With that statistic in mind, the American Red Cross is kicking off a national campaign this month to reduce deaths and injuries from house fires by as much as 25 percent ove...Read More

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PHOTO: An estimated 27 percent of Americans say they are victims of workplace bullying, but legislation in Florida last year outlining protections for workers and employers didn't make it out of committee. Photo credit: Workplace Bullying Institute

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Bullying is typically considered a schoolyard problem, but millions of American adults say they've been victims of bullying on the job. According to a 2014 national survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute, 27 percent of workers report being bullied by a co-worker or ...Read More

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PHOTO: Hurricane Wilma, the last significant hurricane to hit Florida's coast, struck in October 2005. Image courtesy: NOAA

MIAMI – Florida is in the middle of hurricane season, but you'd never know it by looking at the forecast. With a little more than a month left to go, there have been no immediate threats to the Florida coast. In fact, it's been nine years since the state was hit by a significant storm, but D...Read More

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PHOTO: The "Koch Sisters" are speaking out around the country, like this rally in Washington, D.C. Their notorious last name has given Joyce Koch, left, and Karen Koch an unexpected push into the spotlight as spokeswomen for seniors and middle-class families. Photo courtesy of the Koch Sisters.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - They've become online celebrities for their plain-spoken views about politics and the fact they share the same last name with a couple of guys whose views are polar opposites. The Koch Sisters are the labor movement's down-home answer to the Koch Brothers, billionaires who have b...Read More

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