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Amid Crackdowns on Homeless People Living Outside, Group Appeals Food Sharing Case

Food Not Bombs is appealing the latest ruling in a case that challenged restrictions on sharing food with the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Arrests of 6-Year-Olds Show the Perils of Putting Police in Elementary Schools

COMMENTARY | About one-third of America's elementary schools have a school police officer on hand. Do these officers make schools safer, or are they turning primary schools into mini police precincts?

The Slow Process of Post-Hurricane Housing Recovery

In communities hit by recent storms, government leaders have undertaken initiatives to try to speed up federal temporary housing help for residents.

The Toxic Algae That's Taking Over The Country's Waters

Blue-green algae blooms have been reported in dozens of states and municipalities, shutting beaches and putting people and animals at risk.

The Hidden Challenges in Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The Orlando Police Department ended its pilot program involving facial recognition technology this month, saying the agency was unable to devote the necessary resources to the program.

How College Towns Could Benefit More From Throngs of Student Volunteers

In college towns, student volunteers may make up a disproportionate percentage of the total volunteers.

Becoming the Lionfish King

The state of Florida encourages divers to remove an invasive species of fish from its waters in an annual challenge, naming the winner the Lionfish King (or Queen).

Florida Is The Latest Republican-Led State To Adopt Clean Needle Exchanges

Needle exchanges have been legal in many other states for decades, but Southern, Republican-led states like Florida have only recently started to adopt this public health intervention.

Panama City, Florida Hosts ‘Charrette Week’ to Engage Residents in City Redesign

Eight months after Hurricane Michael destroyed a significant portion of the area, the city manager of Panama City says leaders are looking to residents for ideas on what to prioritize as they rebuild.

How Rural Areas Like Florida’s Panhandle Can Become More Hurricane-Ready

COMMENTARY | Better preparation can help make communities more resilient in the face of major disasters.

Florida Moves to Allow Teachers to Carry Guns

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Baltimore mayor resigns … New election machines in North Dakota … Marijuana lounges become legal in Las Vegas.

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Mueller Findings Raise Election Hacking Fears in States

Major breaches into state and local election systems worry election officials.

Feds Have More Information About Russian Hacking They Could Tell Florida, U.S. Senator Confirms

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Reorganization at the National Governors Association ... States consider bills that limit vaccine exemptions … Fire department looks into ‘bike medics’ as new emergency response option.

Many Officers Hired by New Police Departments After Misconduct Probes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Developments in local and federal investigations into officials across the country … A bill banning sanctuary cities passes the Florida House … Federal judge says it is legal to sell fireworks on tribal land.

Abandoning a Dog During a Hurricane Would Become Illegal Under State Proposal

A Florida bill proposes possible jail time or fines for leaving a dog tethered outside in a storm.

Florida Supreme Court to Weigh Government Liability in Parkland Shooting

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alabama tornados and fatalities ... A Kentucky city is creating a registry of convicted animal abusers ... Closures of "board-and-care" homes in California.

Florida Lawmakers Look to Make Ex-Felons Pay Fines Before They Can Vote

The legislation comes months after voters overwhelmingly approved a measure restoring the voting rights of people convicted of felonies who have completed their sentences.

Some Sunscreens May Kill Corals. Should They Be Banned?

Some scientists say there’s not enough data to limit sunscreen that may be harmful to corals.

Ron DeSantis Is Showing the GOP a Different Path Forward

COMMENTARY | As Trump continues to fixate on a border wall, the new governor of Florida is choosing to focus on more substantive issues.