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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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GRAPHIC: A new report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows Florida and other states doing a better job of helping kids access nutritious food while school is out for the summer, but it also says more can be done. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For thousands of Florida children, the joy of summer vacation may be overshadowed by the pangs of hunger. Statewide, about 174,000 kids received summer meals in 2013, according to a new summer nutrition status report by the Food Research and Action Center. But compare it to the 1...Read More

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PHOTO: It's the most common form of cancer in the country, but the risk of skin cancer can be greatly reduced with simple protections that include sunscreen. Photo credit: Robert Neff/Flickr

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Doctors warn that Floridians soaking up the sun should take steps to protect themselves from skin cancer, the most common form of cancer. Dr. Wei-Wei Huang is a dermatologist who said many people still think of skin cancer as a mere inconvenience requiring simple removal, which i...Read More

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Photo: The Deepwater Horizon spill was visible from NASA satellites in May, 2010. Courtesy: NASA

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The federal government is considering a proposal to open up new areas of the Gulf of Mexico to natural gas and oil production. The proposed areas include a section near the Florida coast, and another closer to the Alabama border. Raleigh Hoke, communications director for the Gu...Read More

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