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Scrap Metal Legislation Hurting Recycling Centers

Posted: 07/06/2012 - A new state law may significantly reduce scrap metal theft by better regulating sales. But the new guidelines also create a new set of challenges for small communities and recycling businesses.

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Debate: Should Ex-Felons Voting Rights be Restored?

Posted: 07/03/2012 - In Florida, convicted felons aren't allowed to vote for at least seven years after they've completed their sentence. Even then, they have to apply to have their voting rights restored, and there's no guarantee they'll succeed. It's one of the nation's most restrictive post-release policies, and critics say it may be endangering public safety.

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Rick Scott Says 'No' to Implementing Federal Health Care Law

Updated: 07/02/2012 - Despite the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the federal health care reform law, Florida Governor Rick Scott says he won't be implementing it, at least for now. He's holding out hope the law will be repealed before January 2014. That's when states will be legally bound to follow it. It's a hope that almost completely depends on a republican victory in November.

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Poll: Obama Leading in Florida

Posted: 06/21/2012 - President Barack Obama holds a small lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney among Florida voters in a new poll.

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George LeMieux Drops Out of Fla. U.S. Senate Race

Posted: 06/20/2012 - One of the candidates in Florida's U.S. Senate race has dropped out. George LeMieux says his hopes of returning to Washington have been dashed by his chief rival's mountain of money and name recognition.

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Another Lawsuit Filed in Fla. Voter Purge

Updated: 06/19/2012 - Another lawsuit has been filed against Florida Governor Rick Scott over his voter purge. This suit accuses the governor of unfairly targeting minority voters.

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Birther Movement Suing to Have President Obama Removed from Fla. Ballot

Posted: 06/18/2012 - It's a question that's dogged President Obama from his very first day in office - was he really born in America? Members of the so-called "birther movement" say he wasn't and have asked a judge in Tallahassee to remove the President from Florida's November ballot.

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New Panel to Decide if Fla. Universities Can Increase Tuition

Posted: 06/11/2012 - Right now, Florida's public universities charge the nation's 45th lowest tuition rate, but many campuses are on track to increase tuition by as much as 15 percent for the upcoming school year. Whether that happens could be up to a new panel.

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The Road to the White House Goes Through Your Living Room

Posted: 06/05/2012 - The final leg of the race to the White House has just begun, and already President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have spent millions on televison ads. The Obama campaign is directing most of its advertising efforts at Florida.

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Hurricane Season Could Send Fla. Insurance Rates Sky High

Posted: 06/04/2012 - Hurricane season can be bad news for homeowners, and one bad storm could cause insurance rates in Florida to skyrocket, but now state officials are making it easier to find out just how high those rates could go.

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Federal Lawmakers Consider Hazing Legislation

Posted: 06/01/2012 - Florida A&M University is at the center of what's being called a hazing epidemic. Now lawmakers are filing legislation to crack down on hazing nationwide. Hazing is already a felony in Florida and those convicted face five years in prison, and federal lawmakers want to go even further.

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Fla. Project Sunburst Drawing Criticism

Posted: 05/28/2012 - 'Project Sunburst' is supposed to shine new light on the dealings of Florida's top officials. It's a new website that lets residents read Governor Scott's emails along with those of his advisers.

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Fla. Lawmakers Want to Release Some Prisoners Early

Posted: 05/28/2012 - Florida has the third-largest prison system in the country with more than 100,000 inmates. That's about double the size from 25 years ago when lawmakers passed a mandate requiring prisoners to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence. Now legislators are rethinking that decision, but Governor Rick Scott will have nothing of it.

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