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› Feds sign-off on early voting plans for 5 Florida counties
The Department of Justice will not oppose new early voting plans for five Florida counties covered by the Voting Rights Act, according to documents filed Wednesday in federal court. The counties – Monroe, Hillsborough, Collier, Hardee and Hen dry -- must get approval from the federal government before making any election law changes due to histories of discrimination.
› Tampa 'hungry' for projects, filmmaker says
An independent filmmaker, who snagged top awards at the most-recent Gasparilla International Film Festival, will wrap up production this week on "Chu and Blossom," a full-length feature filmed in Tampa.
› Florida judges objecting to some new court rules
Florida's judges aren't happy about some new rules on how the state's judicial system is governed that were adopted by the Florida Supreme Court.
› Miami moves to cement Madrid ties
After prolonging their handshake by almost four years, Miami and Madrid are looking to recommence and sign a sister city accord now more than six years in the making.
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