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Format: 2015-03-31
Format: 2015-03-31

With the Florida Presidential primary just weeks away, the man in charge of state elections is resigning. Secretary of State Kurt Browning gave the governor that news today. He will stay on until February the 17th -- through the primary.

The announcement of the arrest of a Pinellas Park man accused of plotting terrorism in the Tampa Bay area sent a little shiver through many people.

Thank you. My fellow Floridians, President Haridopolos, Speaker Cannon, members of the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives, Chief Justice Canady, members of the Florida Supreme Court.

State lawmakers return to Tallahassee today, with a lot on their list. The budget and the state's new political boundaries will take front and center. The governor plans to focus on finding new dollars for education.

University of South Florida Health officials are just weeks away from opening a high-tech center in downtown Tampa that not only will bring new jobs to the area but they say it also will solidify Tampa Bay as a place for health care advances and innovations.

The Pinellas Park man charged with plotting terrorist attacks in Tampa Bay left a trail of violent rhetoric on the Internet.

Sami Osmakac, 25, is being charged with plotting attacks on nightclubs and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, motivated by radical Islamic beliefs.

The FBI and the Department of Justice have arrested a naturalized citizen from the former Yugoslavia, Sami Osmakac, who lives in Pinellas Park.

Authorities say they've been watching Osmakac for several months and the Muslim community has been cooperating with them.

The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs is supporting two modest bills for the 2012 legislative session that don’t require any state money.

If passed, House Bill 469 would designate August 7th as Purple Heart Day in Florida.

Jesse Biter of Sarasota is the Chair of the Santorum for President Campaign in Florida. WUSF's Craig Kopp caught up by phone with Biter in Hawaii, where he's on a long scheduled vacation, to talk about Florida campaign strategy in light of Santorum's close second place finish in the Iowa Caucuses.

Once New Hampshire's primary wraps up Tuesday, all political eyes will turn to South Carolina and Florida. Mitt Romney's backers have the most money in the bank, having aired TV ads and establishing a state headquarters next to where the GOP will hold its national convention.

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have increased the need to better understand Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Researchers are trying to find a more reliable way to diagnose PTSD, but they need some help.

While many of the Occupy Wall Street protestors nationwide have retreated from their tent cities due to police pressure or the cold, the protest continues in Tampa. We take a look at the new, less-upscale location for Occupy Tampa.

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