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Friday 04/07/2017
Thanks and Farewell

Multiple Community Groups, Elected Officials and many friends laud Robert Epling as he moves forward to retirement

Updated: April 14, 2017 - 11:07 am
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Thursday 03/02/2017
Student Testing Debate Continues in Legislature

   The testing wars have returned to Tallahassee.

Updated: April 07, 2017 - 10:34 am
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Friday 02/17/2017
Curbelo Reintroduces FILET Act to Combat Lionfish

Washington, D.C. –

Updated: February 17, 2017 - 10:38 am
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Tuesday 12/27/2016
Cough Medicine Law Takes Effect with New Year

A statewide prohibition on people under 18 buying certain over-the-counter cough suppressants is one of three new laws that will hit the books with the arrival of the New Year.

Posted: December 27, 2016
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Wednesday 12/21/2016
Gun Proposals Could Have Better Shot in Senate

A measure that would expand how and where Florida's more than 1.67 million concealed-weapons license holders can carry handguns may have an easier path through the Senate in 2017 than in the past.

Updated: December 28, 2016 - 4:54 pm
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Judge Won't Reconsider Tribe Gambling Ruling

A federal judge has flatly refused a request from Gov. Rick Scott's administration to reconsider a ruling that Florida violated a gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe.

Updated: December 28, 2016 - 4:54 pm
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Friday 10/14/2016
War Against Screwworm Underway

A week after declaring a state of emergency in Monroe County, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam reiterated the serious threat New World Screwworm posed to animals at the animal screening checkpoint on mile marker 106.

Updated: October 14, 2016 - 5:59 pm
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Thursday 09/15/2016
Judge Blasts Health Officials Over Pot Scorecards

TALLAHASSEE, FL (THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA) -- Saying they did not follow their own rules, an administrative law judge scalded state health officials for the method used to grant highly coveted medical-marijuana licenses to nurseries last fall.

Updated: September 15, 2016 - 3:49 pm
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Thursday 09/01/2016
Supreme Court rules against doctor in patient suicide

TALLAHASSEE — Nearly eight years after a Sarasota County woman committed suicide, the Florida Supreme Court said Thursday her husband can pursue a lawsuit against a physician about care provided before her death. Justices unanimously ruled that the case should go to trial, upholding a 2014 decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeal. The ruling was a victory for the husband of Jacqueline Granicz, a 55-year-old woman who had a history of depression and hanged herself in a garage in October 2008. The husband, Robert Granicz, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging that Jacqueline Granicz’s primary-care physician, Joseph Chirillo, breached a “duty of care” resulting in the suicide, the ruling said. A circuit judge ruled in favor of Chirillo on a motion for summary judgment, finding that the doctor “did not have a duty to prevent the unforeseeable suicide,” the Supreme Court ruling said.But the appeals court and the Supreme Court disagreed with the circuit judge on the duty of care. “The decedent in this case was an outpatient of Dr. Chirillo’s. Therefore, under Florida law, there was no duty to prevent her suicide,” said the ruling, written by Justice Peggy Quince and joined fully by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and James E.C. Perry. “However, the nonexistence of one specific type of duty does not mean that Dr. Chirillo owed the decedent no duty at all. ... Although the inpatient duty to prevent suicide does not apply here, there still existed a statutory duty ... to treat the decedent in accordance with the standard of care. We find that the Second District (Court of Appeal) properly evaluated the ... case based on the statutory duty owed to the decedent and also properly classified the foreseeability of the decedent’s suicide as a matter of fact for the jury to decide in determining proximate cause.” Justices Charles Canady and Ricky Polston agreed with the result but did not sign on to the opinion, which sent the case back to circuit court with instructions to move forward with a trial. Jacqueline Granicz called the doctor’s office on Oct. 8, 2008, reporting that she was under mental strain, crying easily and having gastrointestinal problems, the ruling said. After learning about the call from an assistant, Chirillo decided to change Granicz’s antidepressant medication and refer her to a gastroenterologist. The doctor’s office called Granicz and told her she could pick up samples of the medication and a prescription but did not schedule an appointment with the doctor. Granicz picked up the items but was found dead the next day.

Updated: September 01, 2016 - 2:28 pm
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Thursday 08/25/2016
Calkins interview: Trump said he will call Speaker Ryan on Zika funding

TAMPA, Fla. (WWSB) - ABC7's Alan Cohn asked presidential candidate Donald Trump, during his stop in Tampa, about pressing for Zika virus funding and more.

Updated: August 25, 2016 - 12:00 pm
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Friday 06/03/2016
SDNL on Politics: Joe Garcia Seeks to Reclaim his Seat

Joe Garcia is back on the trail. If one has attended any community event in South Dade these past couple of months, there was a fairly good chance of spotting the former congressman.

Updated: June 03, 2016 - 11:44 am
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Thursday 06/02/2016
Getting prepared for hurricane season with Calkins Media

On Wednesday night, ABC 7 meteorologists and a team of experts got together for the 2016 edition of "Surviving a Hurricane."

Updated: June 03, 2016 - 10:34 am
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Thursday 05/19/2016
ACLU urges Scott, Bondi to follow feds on transgender issue

The ACLU issued a letter Thursday calling on Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi to reject arguments from social conservatives who say the state should ignore federal guidance on the treatment of transgender students.

Posted: May 19, 2016
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Friday 05/13/2016
Million-dollar bids shown for gun that killed Trayvon Martin

Bidding in an online auction for the pistol former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin had gone well into the millions of dollars by Friday morning, though it was unclear if they were serious bids.

Updated: May 13, 2016 - 3:50 pm
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Tuesday 05/10/2016
Poll: Clinton, Trump 'too close to call' in Florida

The Quinnipiac University poll, released Tuesday, showed Clinton at 43 percent in Florida and Trump at 42 percent.

Updated: May 11, 2016 - 11:32 am
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Scott: Federal plan needed to combat Zika

Florida has 102 documented cases of Zika -- the most of any state.

Updated: May 12, 2016 - 1:45 pm
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Friday 05/06/2016
Florida Senate Holds FPL Hearing in Homestead

With the issue of the Turkey Point Cooling Canals raising the temperature of discussion in Miami-Dade and beyond about public health and the environment, the Florida Senate held a joint commission hearing last week to find answers.

Updated: May 06, 2016 - 11:16 am
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Tuesday 04/12/2016
Florida Power & Light christens natural gas-fueled plant

Florida Power & Light commissioned a natural gas-fueled power plant at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

Updated: April 12, 2016 - 12:07 pm
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Tuesday 03/15/2016
Scott approves 'pastor protection' bill

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed a controversial bill aimed at protecting clergy members from performing same-sex marriages against their religious beliefs.

Updated: March 15, 2016 - 10:58 am
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Wednesday 03/09/2016
First sexually transmitted case of Zika virus confirmed in Florida

In response, Gov. Scott has asked the CDC to host a conference call with Florida healthcare workers to go over how Zika is spread, its symptoms, treatments and proper precautions. 

Posted: March 09, 2016
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