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Bill would lead to exemptions from jury duty

A Central Florida lawmaker filed a proposal Friday that would lead to some people being permanently excused from jury duty if they have mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities or other conditions that make them incapable of caring for themselves.

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Minimum wage increase proposed in House

A House Democrat filed a bill Friday that calls for increasing the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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Erika track shifts west; Gov. Scott decares

11 A.M. UPDATE: Tropical Storm Erika continues to spin at 50 mph in the eastern Caribbean as the track shifts even more to the west. Forecast to come ashore in southwest south Florida on Monday, Gov. Rick Scott declares a state of emergency.


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Ebron to appear in court for escape plan

The man who is considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of 21-month-old Lonzie Barton will appear before a judge Friday on new charges, after police said he was planning to escape from jail.

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Savannah State University killed in shooting

Authorities are investigating after a shooting at Savannah State University killed a student and prompted a lockdown at the Georgia school Thursday night.

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Murder suspect manhunt ends in Virginia

The manhunt for a man suspected of killing his estranged wife and another woman in a home in the World Golf Village area ended Thursday, during a traffic stop outside St. Johns County, police said. 

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Woman hurt after tree falls on car dies

Police have identified a 57-year-old woman who suffered life-threatening injuries after a tree landed on her car Thursday, causing a crash.

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State leaders urged to prioritize early childhood

The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet voted Thursday to send a letter to state leaders, urging them to prioritize early-childhood education, intervention and other services for "the first 1,000 days" from pregnancy to age 3.

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Senate unveils last-ditch Congressional map

A key state senator floated a last-ditch effort Thursday to strike a compromise with the House on new congressional districts, while voting-rights groups that challenged the current congressional map called for the Florida Supreme Court to take…

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Proposal would restore felons' voting rights

A South Florida Democrat on Thursday proposed a constitutional amendment aimed at automatically restoring the voting rights of many convicted felons.

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Staying safe during hurricane evacuations

Departments across Florida are prepping for a possible hurricane hitting Florida, including the Florida Department of Transportation who has a plan together in case evacuations become necessary.

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