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Jul 25, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (NSF)—After weeks under fire following the deaths of four children, David Wilkins on July 18 abruptly resigned as secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Jul 25, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (NSF)—The state’s voucher-like system that allows students to attend private schools experienced record enrollment growth in the 2012-13 school year, according to a state report, and a spokesman said the program expects to add even more students for the upcoming year.
Jul 3, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (NSF)—Like most Americans, Floridians kept a watchful eye on the U.S. Supreme Court over the last week, as the justices issued closely-divided and contentious decisions on the Voting Rights Act and gay marriage. But the impacts in Florida varied widely from those in other parts of the country.
May 9, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – Horse barrel racing shouldn’t have been approved by a state agency for wagering in Florida, an administrative law judge ruled May 6.
May 9, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – Attorney General Pam Bondi is enlisting private businesses to help combat human trafficking, in both the sex and labor industries.
Apr 10, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (NSF/FBW) – With no fanfare, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill (HB 155) today that would prohibit the electronic games used at Internet cafés and likely shut down the industry that critics have likened to “storefront casinos.”
Apr 9, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – It’s Children’s Week at the Capitol, marked by thousands of colorful hand cut-outs hanging down the open floors of the rotunda. The man behind the yearly spectacle – Ted Granger, executive director of the United Way of Florida – is gearing up for a make-or-break week on bills that could help kids.

“Florida’s children today are struggling,” he said. “We’re still coming out of the Great Recession. We’re in a moribund economy.”
Apr 3, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (NSF) -- Legislation that would shutter Internet gambling cafés and possibly senior arcades passed the Senate Rules Committee unanimously Tuesday, and the sponsor said he would push for a vote by the full Senate as soon as Thursday.
Apr 2, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – A Senate committee on Monday narrowly approved a bill to set up a statewide domestic partner registry to grant unmarried couples certain protections and benefits typically granted only to married people.
Mar 26, 2013
TALLAHASSEE (NSF/FBW) – Gov. Rick Scott wants a detailed report from state university system Chancellor Frank Brogan regarding an incident in which Florida Atlantic University student Ryan Rotela claimed he was suspended from class for refusing to stomp on a piece of paper bearing the word “Jesus.”
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