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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB)--The legacy trail is a magnet for cyclists, walkers and joggers. But plans to extend that trail north are also attracting lawyers who can cash in on the proposal to turn old railroad tracks into a nature trail.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB)--Newly appointed Sarasota mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie is facing backlash over her personal beliefs on marriage equality and abortions rights. She misrepresented them during her campaign in 2015 and now some of the groups who endorsed her are questioning her ability to represent the city.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB)--Comedians from Stephen Colbert to Kathy Griffin have been coming under fire recently for jokes made toward the President that some say cross the line. But has comedy become more edgy than it used to be?

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB)--Free of the six bill limit of the Florida House, first-term state senator Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) filed an ambitious 70 bills during the legislative session, but 10 of his 11 gun bills were stopped in committee by one of his fellow republicans. 

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MANATEE CO. (WWSB)--Manatee County Commissioners are hosting a joint meeting with the School Board and Department of Health on environmental concerns and possible health effects related to the former Bayshore High School campus.

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PASCO, CO., Fla. (WWSB)--Researchers are opening Florida's first body farm. It will be used to study human decomposition in our environment and could help solve thousands of crimes.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB)--The alt-right group "Proud Boys" boasts more than 12,500 likes on Facebook and is growing in influence, even appearing at a protest in Sarasota.

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PALMETTO, Fla. (WWSB)--The section of 10th St. west in Palmetto where Club Elite once sat looks a lot different today than it did six years ago.  In the early morning of September 10th, 2011--it was a scene of a drive-by shooting. In all, 24 people were shot and two killed.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB)--Despite President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, local governments are stepping up. On Monday, Sarasota's city commissioners committed to the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda. It comes a week after the city of Venice made the same commitment.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB)--You can bet sales of black trench boats took a hit the year Bernie Madoff—and his brother—went back and forth into federal court back in 2009.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN)--President Trump saying publicly for the first time today that he is under investigation as the probe of Russia's influence in the 2016 election expands.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB)--The legacy trail is a magnet for cyclists, walkers and joggers. But plans to extend that trail north are also attracting lawyers who can cash in on the proposal to turn old railroad tracks into a nature trail.