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  1. Robert Duhrkopf is facing a charge of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person after deputies say he confessed to smothering his wife.
  2. Navarre Beach Fire Rescue says a great white shark washed up on a beach in the Florida Panhandle on Friday morning, prompting speculation over what might have killed it.
  3. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on March 7, 2023, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  4. Students read a poem to guests during the African American Read-in at Sheehy Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, in Tampa.
  5. Tim Burke departs federal court in Tampa after his hearing on Thursday.
  6. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo attends a roundtable discussion at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa on Feb. 23, 2023. Earlier this month, as measles spread through Manatee Bay Elementary in South Florida, Ladapo sent parents a letter granting them permission to send unvaccinated children to school amid the outbreak.
  7. Patrick Dunnagan of Raleigh, North Carolina, hasn’t been able to work for years because of kidney disease and chronic pain. When North Carolina on Dec. 1 became the 40th state to expand Medicaid, Dunnagan finally qualified for the state-federal health insurance program, which covers people with low incomes. “The financial security is huge,” he says. (KATHLEEN DALEY)
  8. Florida is discussing how high school athletes could make name, image and likeness (NIL) deals.
  9. St. Petersburg police are investigating a shooting at the Citrus Grove Apartments late Thursday that killed an 18-year-old man.
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  11. Earlier today• Hillsborough
    Hopper is now, officially, the more famous of Temple Terrace’s infamous kangaroos.
  12. Tim Burke departs federal court in Tampa after his hearing on Thursday.
  13. A topiary of Mirabel from the Disney animated film “Encanto” will greet guests once again at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, running Feb. 28-May 27. The annual springtime event is filled with creative topiaries, gardens, food kiosks and free daily concerts.
  14. Florida lawmakers passed legislation to ban children under 16 from social media. The measure heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has said he might not sign it into law.
  15. This photo taken in 2002 at Gowers Corner, oriented towards the southeast at the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 52 in Pasco County, shows a sparsely developed area. That crossroads has been changing in recent years and now Pasco County has approved a development on the southwest corner which will include large commercial and apartment projects.
  16. The Florida Capitol complex in Tallahassee. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would preempt local governments from being able to set living wage standards for contractors they hire for publicly funded work.
  17. Keylon Lovett stands near his childhood home, which was abandoned and later sold, on Feb. 14 in St. Petersburg.
  18. A cone of vanilla soft serve outside Twistee Treat on St. Pete Beach.
  19. Florida State and the ACC continue their lawsuits against each other.
  20. An image taken from video released by Intuitive Machines shows its control room personnel celebrating after hearing that its private spacecraft, named Odysseus, landed on the moon Thursday. The lander reached the moon Wednesday, six days after rocketing from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and touched down on Thursday.
  21. Cars and debris from washed-away homes line a canal in Fort Myers Beach on Oct. 5, 2022, one week after the passage of Hurricane Ian. A firm hired to remove migrants from Florida is accused of generating huge legal fees by filing inflated damage claims for hurricane victims in Florida, Louisiana and Texas.
  22. Then-President Donald Trump, right, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis hold a COVID-19 and storm preparedness roundtable in Belleair, Florida, July 31, 2020.  DeSantis heavily criticized Trump in a candid private call with supporters despite having endorsed him, according to audio obtained by the New York Post and NBC News, leading the Trump camp to blast him for “cheap shots from afar.”
  23. Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Paul Renner, right, and President of the Florida Senate Kathleen Passidomo are pictured in 2023.
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