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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST

These are the gun law changes Florida lawmakers could take up in 2017
[Editor’s note: This list will be updated as bills are filed or withdrawn. Last updated 3:55 p.m. March 22.] Legislators have proposed several law changes this year that would either … Click to Continue »
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:23:33 EDT

Entire family killed in crash on Florida highway
After more than 12 hours in the hospital, a 10-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries, leaving an entire family dead after a horrific car wreck in North Florida on Sunday. … Click to Continue »
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:04:48 EDT

Librarian died because cop couldn’t tell the difference between blanks and bullets
A former Punta Gorda police officer who fatally shot a 73-year-old librarian during a citizens academy couldn’t tell the difference between blank rounds and ammunition, a Florida Department of Law … Click to Continue »
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:00:00 EDT

NAFTA, free trade and jobs, oil pipelines are all on Canadian ambassador’s plate
A spur of the moment decision to attend a student Liberal Party convention when David MacNaughton was in college that was influenced more by his interest in a fellow female … Click to Continue »
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:49:06 EDT

Woman charged with DUI after rear-ending a patrol car at a red light
A 61-year-old Englewood woman was charged with driving under the influence after the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office say she drove into the back of a patrol car stopped at a … Click to Continue »
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:18:53 EDT

Fact-checking the Florida Legislature
PolitiFact Florida reporters attended committee hearings, peered in on floor debates and hoofed it to rallies and news conferences during a week of fact-checking lawmakers and lobbyists at the state … Click to Continue »
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:40:40 EDT

Orlando state attorney: No death penalty. Gov. Rick Scott: You’re off the case.
Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday removed the newly elected prosecutor in Orlando from the high-profile prosecution of an accused cop killer after she announced she would not seek the death … Click to Continue »
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:32:12 EDT

State Supreme Court overturns decision, ruling against power company
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a decision by state regulators about how a utility could recoup costs from customers for a construction project. The 5-1 ruling stemmed from … Click to Continue »
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:11:00 EDT

Florida may be a retirement mecca, but it doesn’t rank high in how it helps people age
Florida, long considered a retirement haven, may not be the golden-years paradise many think it is. In fact, if you want to age successfully, a just-released report suggests you move … Click to Continue »
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:17:26 EDT

Coast Guard searching for Carnival cruise passenger who went overboard near Cuba
A passenger fell from the Carnival Victory ship Wednesday, igniting a search by the U.S. Coast Guard and Cuban authorities. As Carnival Victory headed from Key West to Cozumel, Mexico … Click to Continue »
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:41:08 EDT

Young fans travel from all directions to enjoy Okeechobee Music & Art Festival
In 2016, the city of Okeechobee, known for its quiet countryside and friendly locals, became home to Soundslinger’s Okeechobee Music & Art Festival at Sunshine Grove. After a successful inaugural … Click to Continue »
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:53:42 EDT

Florida man pleads guilty to burning cross in interracial couple’s yard
A Florida man has pleaded guilty to a charge in connection with burning a cross in the front yard of an interracial couple, the Department of Justice has announced. Thomas … Click to Continue »
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 14:09:58 EDT

He used employment by the U.S. Postal Service for an unemployment scam
A West Palm Beach mail carrier was convicted in federal court of seven charges connected to a $90,000 unemployment fraud scheme. Yvenel Clotaire will be sentenced May 19 after being … Click to Continue »
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:52:18 EST

Alligator hunting has become big business in Florida
It’s a well-known fact that Florida has a lot of alligators. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates the state is home to about 1.3 million of the freshwater … Click to Continue »
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:06:54 EST

Long before Trump hired him, Bannon was making deals, kindling political fires in Florida
Steady weekend visits to the “Winter White House” in Palm Beach have solidified President Donald Trump’s status as a Floridian. But it’s not just Trump who is adding a new … Click to Continue »
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:42:45 EST

Florida LGBT rights groups grow optimistic as more Republicans join their cause
Activists who support new civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians have found key allies in Republican lawmakers — but their cause still faces challenges in a … Click to Continue »
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:34:46 EST

Fake-news website started as a joke by a Floridian gains 1 million views
James McDaniel, a 28-year-old Clearwater native, said he created a fake-news website last month as a joke to see just how naive Internet readers could be. The headlines came quick … Click to Continue »
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:50:28 EST

Florida ranks No. 1 when it comes to motorcycle deaths
With Florida topping the list for motorcycle-related deaths, AAA is warning drivers to be on high alert — especially since Daytona's annual Bike Week is soon approaching. Thousands of bikers … Click to Continue »
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:24:48 EST

Appeals court rules against Bondi in Broward mortgage-fraud case
In a setback for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, an appeals court this week reversed a ruling against a Broward County mortgage company accused of defrauding hundreds of homeowners at … Click to Continue »
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:05:33 EST

Aerial footage of 6,500 acres Florida wildfire
About 25 miles of Interstate 75 along the western end of Alligator Alley remained shut down Wednesday morning due to a massive Collier County brush fire that forced some Southwest Florida residents to spend the night in shelters. In this aerial video, the wildfire can be seen lighting up the night sky on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. … Click to Continue »
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:17:32 EST

Plan that includes keeping toxic algae from waterways is now bigger and more expensive
A Senate plan to bond $1.2 billion in state funds to build a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee grew to become a $3.3 billion bonding program that would … Click to Continue »
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:46:56 EST

Massive brush fire shuts down western end of Alligator Alley
About 25 miles of Interstate 75 along the western end of Alligator Alley remained shut down Wednesday afternoon due to a massive Collier County brush fire that forced some Southwest … Click to Continue »
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:52:28 EST

Sandy Hook denier changes her mind — about her plea in her criminal case
A Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist accused of making death threats to the father of a child killed in the mass shooting will change her plea to guilty in federal court, … Click to Continue »
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:31:33 EST

Fact-checking Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State speech
Gov. Rick Scott vigorously defended the state’s agencies for business incentives and tourism marketing on Tuesday in his State of the State address, delivered just steps away from the fellow … Click to Continue »
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:53:30 EST

School dean’s son got hurt playing. So she sought revenge on a child
A Florida school administrator has been demoted after text messages revealed she sought revenge on a student she believed had injured her son. Wende Pendleton-Wicks, a dean at Noilan Middle … Click to Continue »
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:34:22 EST

Scott, Corcoran take shots at each other as Legislature convenes
The 2017 session of the Florida Legislature began Tuesday with Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran jabbing each other at close range in a preview of a combative … Click to Continue »
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:02:50 EST

Deputy attacked after Orlando City soccer match
An Orlando deputy was attacked and choked on Sunday, March 5, 2017, after trying to break up a fight after Orlando City SC beat New York City FC 1-0 in the first weekend of the Major League Soccer season. … Click to Continue »
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:30:05 EST

Senate advances bill to weaken citizens’ leverage in public records disputes
A bill that attempts to flush out serial abusers of Florida’s public records law was tightened Monday to appeal to Sunshine Law advocates, but the groups said the changes don’t … Click to Continue »
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 06:51:34 EST

He took porn pictures with his girlfriend’s children. He’s going to jail for 32 years
The mother of two felt enough for Frank Noyes to move with him to Georgia 17 months into their relationship. Even before that, she left her preschool-age kids in Noyes’ … Click to Continue »
Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:20:31 EST

Hold the ‘wasting away’ joke. Jimmy Buffett opening a Margaritaville for older people
Soon, you can really spend your final years wasting away in Margaritaville, nibblin’ on sponge cake and searching for your lost shaker of salt. And it’s Jimmy Buffett’s own damn … Click to Continue »