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January 1, 2019

Garbage, feces take toll on national parks amid shutdown

Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West’s iconic national parks, as a partial government shutdown left the areas open to visitors but with little staff on duty. “It’s a free-for-all,” Dakota Snider, 24, who lives and works in Yosemite Valley, said […]

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Joe Henderson: How much will Florida change in 2019? Probably not much

Welcome to Florida 2019, a time of hope and optimism that maybe, finally, we’ll get it right. That feeling usually lasts about 24 hours before we realize that while the calendar may have changed, most everything else won’t. People keep moving here. Traffic gets worse. And the National Rifle Association usually gets whatever Marion Hammer wants. […]

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Tick tock: Laws that go into effect on Jan. 1

Three bills that passed the 2018 Legislative Session and were signed by Gov. Rick Scott will take effect on the first day of the new year. Summaries below have been adapted from various staff analyses: — HB 85, on “Voter Registration List Maintenance.” The bill allows the Department of State to become a member of a nongovernmental […]

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