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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Gov. Rick Scott are excited to announce a 40-day recreational red snapper season for both Gulf state and federal waters. A 24-day season was originally proposed. “Florida is a premier fishing destination and ...
The population of Florida, at slightly more than half a million residents, was the smallest of any state in the South. In what was essentially still “pioneer country,” settlers dwelt largely in rural homesteads that stretched from the plantation belt in the Panhandle down to the swamps of the Everglades. In central ...

A 14-year-old from Pensacola is suing the state of Florida and several of its officials for their "deliberate indifference" to the damaging effects of climate change. Oliver Chamblin is one of eight youths between the ages of 10 and 20 who allege they are being harmed by man-made green house gas pollution ...
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A man accused of attempted murder in Florida was arrested at an Evansville motel Sunday night. Dahmad Heath, 28, is a suspect in a shooting with injuries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to Evansville Police. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department plans to seek a charge of ...
Then-Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth issued an advisory opinion finding that the local trigger-lock laws didn't violate the spirit of the Joe Carlucci Uniform Firearms Act. The Carlucci Act “should be construed in view of the state's purpose which is to preempt local regulations that interfere with an ...
(CNN/Meredith) – Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz said he wants to give any inheritance due to him from his late mother's estate to the victims' families or an organization that will “help heal the community.” The 19-year-old appeared at a hearing in Broward County Circuit Court on Wednesday ...

Walmart plans to spend $200 million on renovations in Florida stores this year as part of a plan to rollout several in-store and online innovations nationwide. Thirty-seven Florida Walmart stores will be getting a makeover, including three in Jacksonville, 12 in Central Florida, one in the Panhandle, one in ...
A 35-year-old teacher at a Florida private school with the motto "Exceptional. Compassionate. Spirited" has been jailed and fired after being accused of having sex with a student. Shortly after the Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested Suzanne Owen Wednesday on a charge of custodial sexual battery on a ...
Areas like Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills, California attract the West Coast wealthy and Manhattan lures East Coast elites. But the richest zip code in the United States actually belongs to a little island in Florida, according to a new Bloomberg study. Located just minutes off the coast of Miami, Fisher Island ...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In front of 2,138 fans and in her first career game against the Gators, redshirt senior Kylee Hanson pitched a gem on Wednesday night as No. 13 Florida State (34-7) earned a 4-1 victory over No. 6 Florida (34-7) in the first game of the annual Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown.
Business owners warn that CRC proposal would “destroy” Florida's farming industry ... One of Florida's top farmers and a Republican mega-donor warned today that a Constitution Revision Commission proposal requiring businesses to check employees' immigration status would be devastating to Florida ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A Florida babysitter who took LSD was arrested after she stole the toys of the child she was watching along with a wedding ring. Lorena Margarita Montealegre, 27, was already under the influence of LSD when she arrived at the Gainesville home to babysit Monday, according to The ...
MELBOURNE, Fla.-- A Florida man is recovering after taking a wild ride on the hood of a car. Deputies say the man had been trying to prevent three teenage girls, friends of his daughter, from leaving his Melbourne home. He wound up on the hood of their moving car, clinging to it for about a mile before ...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - More than 600,000 gallons of sewage and wastewater spilled into a Florida nature park, fouling a creek and wetlands. According to a report, the two spills closed Loblolly Nature Park in Gainesville as crews suctioned up polluted water and fixed damaged pipes at two construction ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A petition has been created calling for the repeal of a new Florida law that will give hotels, condos, and private residences more control over their beachfront property, potentially barring public access. With the law, property owners will be able to decide if they want to restrict the ...
Now Florida and national Democrats are taking a hard second look at Ross' Republican-heavy seat and calculating whether to build out a ground operation and make a real play for Florida's 15th Congressional District, which seemed out of reach with the four-term incumbent Ross who previously served ...
FILE - In this March 14, 2018, file photo, Nikolas Cruz is led into the courtroom before being arraigned at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cruz has been represented at taxpayer expense by the Broward County Public Defender since the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people at ...

WHAT A condominium with five bedrooms and three bathrooms in a revitalized mid-19th-century house in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. HOW MUCH $2.3 million. SIZE 2,033 square feet. PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT $1,131. SETTING Known as the Elkins House after its original 1850s ...
COCOA BEACH As the ending credits roll on Rick Scott's gubernatorial career in Florida, some job and wage data released Tuesday show he has been a fairly good producer for the film and entertainment industry in the Sunshine State. Scott took office as governor in 2011. From then through to 2015, ...
Florida may be the only state where everything largely depends on the willing suspension of disbelief. I'm not just talking about theme park fantasy factories along Interstate 4. I'm talking about all the developers who tout retention pond lots as "lakefront," the Ponzi schemers who assure suckers that they're ...
The Central Florida Foundation has worked with Orlando, Orange County, Florida Housing Coalition and other groups for more than a year on launching Central Florida Land Trust. The idea is to offer more affordable prices on select housing as the west side of downtown Orlando redevelops with ...
DAVENPORT, Fla. - A 13-year-old Florida boy found "passed out drunk" on a sidewalk led authorities to uncover a shooting threat against the boy's school and photos of Nikolas Cruz, the Stoneman Douglas shooter, on one of his devices. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says deputies found the teen ...
Edward O. Wilson clambered partway down a slope in the Florida Panhandle, aided by a park ranger and trailed by a few dozen scientists, conservationists, and local landowners. The group had gathered in Torreya State Park, a landscape of dazzling botanical diversity along the upper Apalachicola River, ...
Heading into Florida's August primary election, a new poll shows that no single issue ranks higher among Democrats than gun violence. Nearly one in three likely primary voters on the left identify "gun safety reforms" as the issue they hold most important, according to Public Policy Polling, ...
A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will arrive to the area on April 17 and spend three days examining all aspects of the Cocoa Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Cocoa Police Department must ...
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - Whether you're fresh out of college or considering a new opportunity, chances are in Florida you'll find a promising start-up near you. Florida is considered one of the best states for entrepreneurs and start-ups, according to Business.org. Jacksonville was the first to pop up on the list at ...
Students and adults participated in rallies across America and the world Saturday to call for tougher gun control laws. PENSACOLA, Fla. A county commissioner on Florida's Panhandle is standing by a Facebook post he made Saturday, calling participants in the March for Our Lives rally “pathetic,” WEAR ...
Two friends caught a glimpse of a massive great white shark Saturday when they were 26 miles fishing off the coast of Ponce Inlet on Florida's east coast. Their response was profound. And profane. The friends, Kyle Morningstar and Ian Smith, were out catching red snappers on their 23-foot-long boat when ...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) - A woman who gave birth more than a decade ago is suing a Florida hospital after she claims employees left a piece of needle in her spine during an epidural. In September 2003, Amy Bright delivered her youngest son at Naval Hospital Jacksonville. She says she has felt ...
A child-custody case in Florida has erupted in a battle between state officials and a Native American tribe after a couple complained that their newborn was snatched from a hospital by tribal police based on bogus accusations made by the grandmother, who allegedly does not like the father because he's ...
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. – Deputies arrested a Florida woman after she allegedly attacked her husband because he forgot the date of their wedding anniversary. Carol Stone, 35, of Zephyrhills, faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery after Pasco County deputies arrested her Wednesday, according to ...
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Wayne Huizenga, South Florida businessman and one-time team owner of the Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers, died Thursday at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer. Despite starting and operating successful businesses throughout the country, Huizenga is most remembered ...
Lawmakers have finally given the go-ahead citing it will jump-start the economy and create new jobs. “This bill is so much more than legalizing marijuana—it's about legalizing opportunity and prosperity,” said Democratic leader Janet Cruz. “The state budget was due two weeks ago, and Florida simply can't ...
Already heightened security was being bolstered Thursday at the Florida high school where 17 people died in a massacre last month, with Gov. Rick Scott ordering eight Florida Highway Patrol troopers to help secure the grounds. The move came after the shooting suspect's brother was arrested on campus ...
DELAND, Fla. — Two Florida men are accused of breaking into their ex-boyfriend's home and using Ragu sauce to try and burn it down, according to WKMC-TV. Derrick Irving, 36, and John Silva, 28, were arrested on March 13th after allegedly breaking into the home and stealing several items, including a ...
ARCADE — Three Florida residents have been jailed after attempting to flee a traffic stop in a stolen vehicle, Arcade police said. Officers tried to stop the 2016 Hyundai about 7:34 p.m. Monday in the village. A pursuit then ensued, with the vehicle heading north on Route 16 and then west on Allen Road in ...
DELAND, Fla. — Two Florida men are accused of breaking into their ex-boyfriend's home and using Ragu sauce to try and burn it down, according to WKMC-TV. Derrick Irving, 36, and John Silva, 28, were arrested on March 13th after allegedly breaking into the home and stealing several items, including a ...
The usual checklist before businesses buy a piece of property includes looking at what kind of taxes they'll have to pay, who the neighbors are and whether there is good space for parking. In South Florida, there's a new box some buyers may want to check: What will that parcel look like when sea levels ...
Opioid-related deaths across Florida have jumped 35 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Opioids were identified as either the cause of death or were present in the deceased person's body in 5,725 cases in 2016. The 2017 figures are still being compiled.
Immigrant rights groups are asking immigrants to reconsider any Florida travels. ... Today, ACLU affiliates in California, Texas, Washington, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, and Maine sent a letter to @GreyhoundBus urging that they stop giving @CBP permission to conduct ...
Florida banned smoking in workplaces more than 15 years ago, and a powerful state panel on Tuesday backed a proposal that would add vaping and electronic cigarettes ... The Florida Constitution Revision Commission voted 26-6 in favor of the vaping ban and placed it one step closer to the 2018 ballot.
Plaintiffs and others relied on the ATF's determination when purchasing bump stocks and similar devices, such as binary triggers, the lawyers argued. The named plaintiffs in the case are identified as Florida residents Jonathan Hunt, Justin Brashear, Christopher Mays, Clayton Woolfe and Joseph Truex, ...
Zinke "said Florida did not get an exemption because there is no such thing as an exemption," spokeswoman Heather Swift told the Tampa Bay Times. "The process is designed to be a winnowing process that involves several public meetings, comment periods and drafts. We have nothing new to announce ...
(MIAMI) — A judge set an unusually high $500,000 bond on Tuesday and imposed a host of other restrictions for the brother of the Florida school shooting suspect, who was charged with trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A prosecutor said that Zachary Cruz, 18, expressed admiration ...
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - On "This Week in South Florida" with Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg, several Broward County leaders called for a question on the 2020 Florida ballot to ask voters to ban semi-automatic weapons. Coral Springs Mayor Skip Cambell and former state Sen. Chris Smith, a ...
The owner of a bar in Central Florida shot and killed his co-owner before shooting himself late Friday night -- while patrons were inside, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. >> Read more trending news. Deputies said they went to the Mezcal Bar in Orange County around 11:10 p.m. after ...
FILE: In this April 18, 2016 photo, aerial artists perform in a new act at the Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux). AP. Sunday, March 18, 2018 03:56PM. TAMPA, Fla. --. A Cirque du Soleil performer died after his hand slipped off the double rings and he fell 20 feet during a ...
A poll of 750 likely Florida voters released last week by Tallahassee-based Clearview Research found that 54 percent of voters support a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban offshore oil and gas drilling in state waters, while 42 percent oppose the idea. Constitutional amendments require 60 ...
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Some major financial assistance could be coming to Florida schools for a highly-debated reason. Florida school districts could get more money to hire school resource officers depending on what happens with a contentious program that allows school personnel to carry ...
Florida International University student Alexa Duran was driving home from a doctor's appointment, her best friend next to her in the passenger's seat, when the unimaginable happened: A bridge collapsed right on top of them. Six people were killed by the force of the 950-ton walkway, including Duran, ...


 

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