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Photo: Florida is one of three states cited in a new report on Election Day lines and significant waits at polling places. According to the report, Latino and African-American are especially affected. Photo credit: Institute for Southern Studies.

MIAMI - Election season in the Sunshine State is in full swing, with candidates competing for your vote - but it may take longer to cast your ballot depending on where you live. Florida is among the three states named in a national report examining long waits at the polls. According to the report, ...Read More

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PHOTO: Five-year-old Paxton Bloyd is battling a rare form of lymphoma. His mother says more funding is needed for pediatric cancer research. Photo courtesy of Jamie Ennis Bloyd.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Jamie Ennis Bloyd is, as she puts it, a "mom on a mission." Her 5-year-old son Paxton has sporadic-type Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare form of the disease. It's unacceptable, Bloyd said, that less than 4 percent of all cancer research is fo...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the majority of child-safety seats are not installed properly in cars. Free car-seat inspections are being held at sites around Florida as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week. Graphic courtesy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children in the U.S., but it takes more than clicking the seat belt to keep them safe. This is National Child Passenger Safety Week and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while the appropriate car...Read More

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Photo: A study by Physicians for a National Health Program found the U.S. spends almost four times as much on administrative costs as neighboring Canada and significantly more than other countries with single-payer systems. Photo courtesy: Norbert Kaiser

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As debate over health care reform and the Medicaid expansion continues in Florida and the rest of the nation, one solution to the problem of health care costs could lie in how much hospitals spend on nonmedical-related expenses. A study released this week by Physicians fo...Read More

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PHOTO: New research from the Urban Institute reveals a growing disparity between the number of insured parents in states that opted for federal expansion of Medicaid versus those that turned down the federal money. Photo credit: Bart Everson/Wikimedia Commons.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida parents are among those feeling the effects of the state's decision to turn down federal dollars to expand Medicaid. A new report by the Urban Institute examines the impact to the more than 800,000 Floridians who fall into the coverage gap; they don't qualify for publicl...Read More

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PHOTO: Florida farmers who are part of the Conservation Stewardship Program have only a few days left to renew their contracts. Photo courtesy of

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Time is quickly running out for Florida farmers who want to continue receiving federal assistance to improve soil, water, air and habitat on their land. Since the Conservation Stewardship Program was launched five years ago, more than 60-million farm acres nationwide have been en...Read More

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PHOTO: A federal judge has ruled BP showed "gross negligence" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which means the company's fines for violating the Clean Water Act will quadruple. Photo courtesy of

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - BP now stands to pay up to $17 billion in Clean Water Act fines after a judge on Thursday ruled the oil company was "grossly negligent" in its conduct leading up to the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. While the judge's decision did not surprise groups such as the Environmen...Read More

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Photo: The Florida youth vote is expected to have an impact on Florida's gubernatorial race, according to research from Tufts University. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons, public domain

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Who will be Florida's next governor? The answer may lie with the state's youngest voters. Incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist are vying for the seat, and each has won the spot on his party's ticket. New research from a nonpartisan group known as CIRCLE at Tuf...Read More

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