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Trail cameras show a kitten following its mother, who had passed by seconds earlier on March 18.  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida panther kittens found north of Caloosahatchee River for first time in decades

Last year, state wildlife biologists said that they had spotted what they believed to be a female panther north of the Caloosahatchee River for the first time since 1973, a promising sign for the future of an endangered species that has been cooped up in the state's southwestern region for decades. But they couldn' …


A student practices for Florida’s standardized tests. Florida senators are considering two competing proposals to reform the state’s standardized assessments, but Republican leaders are being accused of “stealing” a more popular Democratic measure so they can take credit.

'This is an abomination,' senator says of political games surrounding testing reforms

Efforts by the state Senate to address too much standardized testing in Florida’s public schools this year are on the rocks after a key proposal was abruptly postponed Monday when one senator objected to what he called an “abomination” of the legislative process....


State ethics investigators are interviewing Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan regarding a complaint into a Go Hillsborough contract.

County Commissioners, Buckhorn interviewed in Go Hillsborough ethics probe

TAMPA — It seems a state ethics investigation into a Hillsborough County transportation contract is finally moving forward....


Florida education news: Testing, textbooks, coding and more

TESTING: The Florida Senate Education Committee delays consideration of testing reform legislation amid disputes over process, the Times/Herald reports. Entering the meeting, some leaders were prepared to merge two competing bills into one. More from the News Service of Florida, Tallahassee Democrat....