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Marijuana law challenged over black farmer license

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A lawsuit filed Friday challenges the constitutionality of part of a new state law that requires a coveted medical-marijuana license to go to a black farmer.

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Jimmy Patronis will decide on 2018 run in ‘next 30 days’

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Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has told his hometown television station he will decide “in the next 30 days” whether to run for a full term in 2018. Patronis, a former state representative, stepped down from the Public Service Commission (PSC) when Gov. Rick Scott appointed him two months ago to serve the remainder of former CFO Jeff Atwater‘s second term. Atwater left early to become the CFO of Florida Atlantic University.

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Bill Clinton to address Florida educators, three rallies in Florida

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Former President Bill Clinton will address the Florida Education Association’s conference in Orlando Friday and then go on a bus tour to rallies in Jacksonville, Panama City and Pensacola, the Hillary For America campaign announced Wednesday. Clinton’s two-day, four-city swing on behalf of his wife Hillary Clinton‘s Democratic presidential bid begins Monday morning with an address to the teachers union’s delegate assembly Friday morning. The event is closed to the public. From there he’ll be riding a bus to Jacksonville for…

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Hillary Clinton to make two stops in South Florida Friday

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Hillary Clinton will make campaign appearances Friday in St. Lucie and Broward Counties, the Clinton campaign announced Sunday. Specific details on where and when the events will be held have not yet been announced. While the Democratic nominee campaign in South Florida Friday, her other half, former President Bill Clinton, will be all over North Florida, making appearances. Both Clintons will be in the Sunshine State through the end of the work week. The campaign announced earlier that Bill Clinton would visit Panama…

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FSU names Randy Hanna interim Dean of College of Applied Studies at Panama City campus

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Randy Hanna, the former chancellor of the Florida College System, has been named interim dean of Florida State University’s Panama City campus and the College of Applied Studies. Hanna, who has a law degree from FSU and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, will replace Carol Edwards, who is joining the faculty of the FSU College of Fine Arts, on Aug. 1. Hanna, who currently serves as a research faculty member at FSU’s Learning Systems Institute, was appointed by Sally…

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Bill Nelson wants limits on drones around airports

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is meeting with Florida’s airport directors as part of a push to garner support for new technology that could protect airports and other sensitive areas from drones. Nelson was in Orlando on Friday meeting with airport directors from Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Clearwater and Panama City. Nelson is hoping to insert a measure into legislation that would help airports install technologies that could thwart unwanted drones. The technologies would be able to shut down drones…

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Florida commemorates Veterans Day with online World War II exhibit

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With Veterans Day falling in the middle of the week, it can be hard peel away and recognize how large an influence veterans have had on Florida. The Florida Department of State this week announced the release of a new webpage chronicling the World War II era in Florida, complete with pictures, articles and even video of how the Sunshine State and its residents contributed to the war effort. Florida deployed nearly 250,000 soldiers during the war, and more than…

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