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Researchers Examine Where BP Oil Spill Remains in the Gulf

A Florida State University researcher and his team have developed a comprehensive analysis of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and determined how much of it occurs naturally and how much came from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. And more …

Review Reveals Farm Workers Aren’t Being Protected From Pesticides

Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. Farmworkers are supposed to be protected by government rules regulating exposure to toxic farm chemicals. But …

November Florida Ballot Will Include Medical Marijuana Amendment

A proposed constitutional amendment to allow medical use of marijuana will be back on the ballot in November and organizers said Wednesday that growing public support and a larger voter turnout in a presidential election year should help pass the …

Families of 10 Sailors Aboard Sunken El Faro Freighter Settle Claims

The families of ten sailors aboard a cargo ship that sank in a hurricane last year have settled claims with the vessel’s owner. The Florida Times-Union reports that each of the families will receive $500,000 each in the settlement with …

Five States Affected by Federal Appeals Court Restriction on Police Use of Stun Guns

Police should not use stun guns on people who try to evade custody but pose no safety risk to the officers or others, a federal appeals court decided in a ruling that will affect law enforcement procedures in five states. …

North Carolina Gets $1M in Fines From Employers Without Workers’ Comp

The commission responsible for enforcing workers’ compensation laws has cracked down in the last year on employers who don’t carry proper insurance, collecting $1 million in civil fines from uninsured companies. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the …

South Carolina Lawmakers Ponder Fix for Flood Damaged Roads

While South Carolina legislators pledge to address road funding and flood relief over the next six months, there’s no consensus on what they’ll do. A $1.3 billion windfall makes a compromise even harder. And in a year when every House …

Florida Insurance Commissioner McCarty to Resign May 2

Kevin McCarty, who helped guide Florida’s fragile insurance market in the wake of eight hurricanes a decade ago, announced Tuesday that he is resigning as the state’s insurance commissioner. During his 13-year tenure, McCarty dealt with the near collapse of …

NTSB Releases Photos That Show El Faro’s Final Resting Place

Federal accident investigators are considering launching another search of the wreckage of a freighter that sank in October in an attempt to locate the ship’s “black box.” Tom Roth-Roffy, the lead investigator for National Transportation Safety Board, told The Associated …

Agencies Try to Control Flooding in Kentucky and Tennessee

Western Tennessee and Kentucky are still facing flood threats as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority work to control water levels. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the Cumberland River at Dover through …

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