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Black Bear Killed

Posted: 08/12/2009 - A 13 year old Lakeland, Florida, boy is allegedly raped by a 58 year old man with HIV

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Law Call on WCTV

Updated: 08/07/2009 - WCTV is presenting a new weekly show called Law Call. The half hour show will air Sunday nights after Eyewitness News at 11pm. The show will be hosted by Frank Ranicky and will feature lawyers and attorneys who will talk about various legal topics.

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Burmese Python Hunt Extended

Posted: 08/05/2009 - The open season on Burmese pythons is being extended past its October 31st end date. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is also exploring a ban on the breeding and import of the snakes. Only six snakes have been captured since the search began 18 days ago.

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Financial Benefit of Giving up Non-Essentials

Posted: 08/05/2009 - Certified financial planner Bruce Hagan breaks down a list of five non-essential items that we can all give up to help our financial situation.

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Cash For Clunkers Boosts State Revenues

Posted: 08/03/2009 - Car dealers across the state are coming off a record breaking week. The Cash for Clunkers program sent car sales soaring, but now the program is out of gas. Car sales are one of the biggest tax generators, and revenue collected from the program could help the state out of a three year budget deficit.

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Florida Unemployment Benefits Running Out

Posted: 08/03/2009 - Florida workforce offices will share three million dollars in Federal money to help people whose unemployment benefits are running out. Nationwide, a million-and-a-half people are expected to exhaust unemployment compensation in September. And the money couldn’t come at a better time for Florida.

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Drug Switching

Posted: 07/31/2009 - Everyday thousand of Floridians walk into the pharmacy expecting one drug only to walk out with something different. It’s called drug switching, and it’s perfectly legal in Florida but medical professionals are seeking change.

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Florida Tax Results in Cigarette Bootlegging

Posted: 07/29/2009 - Since the state cigarette tax jumped by a dollar on the first of July, some North Florida convenience stores are seeing fewer cigarette sales. Now Floridians are streaming across Florida Georgia state line for cheap cigarettes.

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30 Day Hospital Readmissions

Updated: 07/29/2009 - Almost one fifth of Medicare beneficiaries who had been discharged from a hospital went back into the hospital within 30 days and 34% were rehospitalized within 90 days. Most of these rehospitalizations were unplanned and represented a cost to taxpayers of $17.4 billion dollars in 2004.

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Florida Foreclosure Prevention Programs

Posted: 07/28/2009 - A four million dollar settlement with defunct mortgage lender CountryWide will be used to hire legal aid lawyers to help fight foreclosures in Florida. And the cash couldn’t come at a better time.

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Stimulus Dollars Cure Summer Time Blues

Posted: 07/20/2009 - Some Florida businesses are getting free summer help. 43 million federal stimulus dollars are being spent in Florida to create summer jobs for students. Now many traditional summer jobs are being filled by unemployed adults making it harder for high school and college students to find work.

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Stimulus Dollars Flood Energy Offices

Posted: 07/15/2009 - Florida is receiving 175 million federal stimulus dollars to make homes more energy efficient. The money will be distributed through nonprofit groups and as Whitney Ray tells us, there are concerns about the state’s ability to keep track of that much cash.

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Tallahassee Uses Grease to Power its Fleet

Posted: 07/09/2009 - It's summertime, which these days means more than just high temperatures. The price of gas is on the rise, and it's putting a strain on local governments. Thank goodness for cooking oil. One Florida city is turning grease into oil.

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Florida Businesses Say “No More Prisons”

Posted: 07/08/2009 - Wednesday morning began with 100,552 inmates locked up in Florida prisons. The state also has or will soon have 11 thousand more beds under construction at a cost of almost a billion dollars. Now Florida’s major business groups are saying enough is enough.

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Faith-Based Corrections Programs

Posted: 07/07/2009 - Facing billions of dollars in construction costs for new prisons, the state is trying to reduce recidivism at Wakulla Correctional Institute south of Tallahassee. Part of what makes this prison different is that every inmate volunteered to be here.

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Marianna Troops Prepare to Deploy to Iraq

Posted: 07/06/2009 - A community is saying goodbye to some of it's own today. About 70 local soldiers are preparing to deploy to Iraq to defend the freedom Americans celebrated this weekend.

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Ernie Sims Big HITS Foundation

Updated: 07/06/2009 - Ernie Sims III created the Big HITS Foundation in 2008 to hlep disadvantaged you and young adults in his hometown community.

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