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Photo: NWF report highlights the continued damage to 14 species living in the Gulf of Mexico from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. Graphic courtesy National Wildlife Federation.

TAMPA, Fla. - Today Floridians join the rest of the country in celebrating Earth Day, but it's no picnic for the wildlife living along Florida's Gulf Coast and still feeling the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill from four years ago. A report released this month by the National Wildlife Federati...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A Global Day of Action on Military Spending is highlighting the need for better federal investment in communities. Graphic courtesy of the National Priorities Project.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As they put their tax returns in the mail today, some Floridians will join other people across the world for a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. According to Mary Zerkel, co-coordinator of the Wage Peace campaign for the American Friends Service Committee, 57 percent of ...Read More

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Photo: Kenneth Young was sentenced to four life sentences for a series of armed robberies he committed when he was 14, under the direction of an adult. Courtesy:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today the Florida Senate is scheduled to consider a bill that would bring the state in compliance after two Supreme Court decisions determined the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. It's too little, too late for inmates such as Kenneth Young, who was s...Read More

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PHOTO: Research finds most people look to curtailing water use rather than improving efficiency of their habits and appliances as the best method to conserve water. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - There appears to be some confusion about, when it comes to water conservation, as a new survey finds many people underestimate how much water they use in their daily activities. According to study author Shahzeen Attari, an assistant professor at Indiana University, most people b...Read More

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PHOTO: In a 5-4 decision this week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the limit on what a donor can give to all candidates in a single election cycle. Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a singl...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report compares how children are progressing on key milestones by state, across racial and ethnic groups. It says in Florida, children of all races need more support to thrive. Photo courtesy Kids Count.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In just four years, children of color are expected to outpace the number of white children in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation asks if those children will be prepared to succeed in their classrooms and beyond...Read More

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PHOTO: Today is the last chance for public comments regarding "Lolita's" release, after performing for more than 40 years at the Miami Seaquarium. Photo courtesy Animal Welfare Institute.

MIAMI – Lolita is a captive whale at the Miami Seaquarium who has been performing tricks for 43 years – and she could get a shot at retirement. Today is the last day the U.S. Government takes public comments on the matter. Lolita was captured off the Pacific coast of Washington in 19...Read More

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PHOTO: Wetland areas around Florida, such as cypress domes in the Florida Everglades, will see greater protection if the rules are put in place. Courtesy: Miguel Leyva

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For more than a decade, 20 million wetland acres and 2 million miles of streams – including many in Florida – were left unprotected, despite the federal Clean Water Act. Experts say the gap in coverage was the unintended result of two U.S. Supreme Court decisi...Read More

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