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New law gives thousands of foster care teens big boost in acquiring driver’s privileges

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State legislators voted Thursday unanimously in favor of making a three-year pilot project called “Keys to Independence” — begun in 2014 and intended to aid eligible teens in the state foster care system attain driver’s licenses and overcome associated hurdles — permanent, bringing them on par with their peer group. Autonomy is what most teenagers crave — driving is a key to that freedom and competitive edge. In previous decades, adolescents under the custody of the state of Florida faced…

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2 teens found dead in SUV in Florida garage

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Police in Florida say two teenagers were found dead inside an SUV in a garage. In a news release issued Monday, police officials said a woman found her 17-year-old son with his 14-year-old girlfriend in the family’s garage, which was not attached to their apartment in St. Petersburg. Police say they were in the boy’s 2002 Mitsubishi SUV. The garage door was closed, and the vehicle was running. Investigators say it doesn’t appear to be a case of suicide. St.…

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