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Rail route doesn't include Tampa Video included

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More than three years after Florida turned down federal money to build a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando, a new rail project is in the works and causing controversy. The All Aboard Florida rail would run from Miami, up the east coast of Florida and over to Orlando. More>>

Florida to legalize low THC medical marijuana

Florida to legalize low THC medical marijuana Florida to legalize low THC medical marijuana
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Low grade medical marijuana will soon be legal in Florida. Lawmakers waited until the final day of their session to send the bill legalizing low THC cannabis for the treatment of seizures, muscle spasms, and cancer. More>>

Few Tampa Bay nurseries qualified to grow medical marijuana

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Only growers that have been doing business in Florida for 30 continuous years may apply to grow medical marijuana.
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Lt. Gov. says Scott has 'huge heart'

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Now campaigning to keep the job he started a little more than six months ago, Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera says he doesn’t feel pressure to deliver Florida's Hispanic vote in the upcoming election.
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Taddeo says she 'always admired' Crist Video included

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Annette Taddeo says that first call was a surprise.
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New jobs on tap for Pinellas as loss looms Video included

File Photo: Gov. Rick Scott File Photo: Gov. Rick Scott
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Gov. Rick Scott is expected to take part in an event marking the expansion at GE Energy Management in Clearwater.The expansion will create about 250 jobs, according to a news release from the governor's office.Gov. Scott often attends events connected to job creation, an issue he has made central to his administration and his re-election campaign. More>>

Jameis Winston’s theft of crab legs, incident report woes

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The incident report filled out by deputies regarding Jameis Winston’s theft of crab legs doesn’t paint the picture of a forgetful shopper. An LCSO report seems to say the quarterback was evading defenders off the field. More>>

Crist ahead in new WFLA poll on governor's race Video included

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Democrat Charlie Crist jumped to a six-point lead over Gov. Rick Scott in a new News Channel 8 gubernatorial race poll released today. Crist, the former governor running to reclaim his old job, is ahead 46-40, giving Crist the biggest margin registered in the poll since it launched this spring. More>>

Florida Health Dept. concerned about immigrant children

A handful of young people are detained for crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas. A handful of young people are detained for crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration expressed concern in a letter Friday about reports that the federal government planned to send unaccompanied immigrant children from the Southwest border to Miami this weekend, seeming to be unaware that it is a regular practice and asking for any health information the government had for the minors. More>>

Crist picks local chair of Dems as running mate

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Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist chose Miami-Dade County Democratic Party Chairwoman Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his running mate Thursday, a pick that could help him ease any doubts among the important South Florida party base that his political conversion is for real More>>

Rick Scott for Florida Campaign Announces “Veterans For Scott” Coalition

Governor Scott has worked to expand education and employment opportunities for veterans and has been a national leader in calling for accountability regarding issues plaguing VA hospitals across the country. Governor Scott has worked to expand education and employment opportunities for veterans and has been a national leader in calling for accountability regarding issues plaguing VA hospitals across the country.
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Pulling on support from veterans, Gov. Rick Scott announced a new coalition as part of his re-election campaign on Monday.The "Veterans for Scott" coalition is made up of 58 veterans, government elected officials and veteran activists, according to a press release from the Scott campaign. More>>

Rick Scott leads Charlie Crist in WFLA-TV's governor's race poll

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In a tight gubernatorial race, Gov. Rick Scott pulled slightly ahead in a News Channel 8 poll.It's the first time the survey shows Scott ahead of Democrat Charlie Crist since the poll launched in mid-April.The survey shows Scott, a Republican, with 42 percent compared with 40 percent for Crist, the former governor running for his old job. More>>

WFLA Poll: Rick Scott widens lead in gubernatorial race

Scott takes 45 percent in the survey, compared with 43 percent for Democrat and former governor Charlie Crist. Scott takes 45 percent in the survey, compared with 43 percent for Democrat and former governor Charlie Crist.
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Gov. Rick Scott widened his lead in a tight gubernatorial race, according to a News Channel 8 poll released today. More>>

Crist NASCAR racecar causes controversy in gov. campaign

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A racecar that displays the name of former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is at the center of a campaign controversy. The car, number 98 and scheduled to race in the Coke Zero 400, has “Charlie Crist for Governor” on the front. Crist, now a Democrat, is running for his old job.The display is the result of a donation, not an expenditure by the Crist campaign – an arrangement that’s drawing criticism from Republicans.A complaint with the Florida Elections Commission points to the car as an example ... More>>

State attorney: former Lakeland PD chief's claim of extortion 'nonsense' Video included

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"I think that for whatever reason she wants to blame everything that's occurred in her life maybe on someone else," said State Attorney Jerry Hill.
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Search warrant now required before police can search your smart phone Video included

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The U.S. Supreme Court moved to protect your privacy in this digital world, but it could make it more difficult for law enforcement to catch criminals. More>>

Crist retakes lead over Scott in WFLA TV governor's race poll Video included

Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Rick Scott. Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Rick Scott.
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Democrat Charlie Crist is back with a four-point lead over Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the gubernatorial race, according to the latest News Channel 8 poll. More>>

More chronic pain patients say they're denied medication Video included

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An 8 On Your Side investigation into why legitimate patients can't get their mediation led dozens of other patients to step forward. More>>

Crackdown on pill mills has unintended side effect for legitimate patients Video included

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Chronic pain patients who really need the medicine often can't get it.
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Crist holds slight lead over Scott in governor's race poll Video included

Florida gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist (left) and Rick Scott (right). Florida gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist (left) and Rick Scott (right).
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Charlie Crist holds onto a narrow lead over Gov. Rick Scott in Florida’s gubernatorial race, according to a new WFLA poll released on Tuesday. More>>

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  • Rail route doesn't include Tampa

    Rail route doesn't include Tampa

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:11:54 GMT
    More than three years after Florida turned down federal money to build a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando, a new rail project is in the works and causing controversy. The All Aboard Florida rail would run from Miami, up the east coast of Florida and over to Orlando.
    More than three years after Florida turned down federal money to build a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando, a new rail project is in the works and causing controversy. The All Aboard Florida rail would run from Miami, up the east coast of Florida and over to Orlando.
  • Florida to legalize low THC medical marijuana

    Florida to legalize low THC medical marijuana

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:33:37 GMT
    Florida to legalize low THC medical marijuanaFlorida to legalize low THC medical marijuana
    Low grade medical marijuana will soon be legal in Florida. Lawmakers waited until the final day of their session to send the bill legalizing low THC cannabis for the treatment of seizures, muscle spasms, and cancer.
    Low grade medical marijuana will soon be legal in Florida. Lawmakers waited until the final day of their session to send the bill legalizing low THC cannabis for the treatment of seizures, muscle spasms, and cancer.
  • Few Tampa Bay nurseries qualified to grow medical marijuana

    Few Tampa Bay nurseries qualified to grow medical marijuana

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:33:31 GMT
    Only growers that have been doing business in Florida for 30 continuous years may apply to grow medical marijuana.
    Only growers that have been doing business in Florida for 30 continuous years may apply to grow medical marijuana.
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  • Ernst back from military training to Senate race

    Ernst back from military training to Senate race

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:15:53 GMT
    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the...
    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for...
  • US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:26:27 GMT
    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.'
    In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with...
  • FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

    FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:26:10 GMT
    A Salt Lake City attorney is arguing in a lawsuit that the FBI has video of the Oklahoma City bombing that shows a second person was involved.
    The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were...
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  • Haves and have-nots as markets open

    Haves and have-nots as markets open

    Monday, September 23 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-09-23 22:46:08 GMT
    WASHINGTON - Having health insurance used to hinge on where you worked and what your medical history said. Soon that won't matter, with open-access markets for subsidized coverage coming Oct. 1 under
    WASHINGTON - Having health insurance used to hinge on where you worked and what your medical history said. Soon that won't matter, with open-access markets for subsidized coverage coming Oct. 1 under
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