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Gov. DeSantis retracts 46 appointments made by Rick Scott in the days before DeSantis was sworn in

Before leaving office, Scott made dozens of appointments that would need to be confirmed by the State Senate. The appointments, 46 in all, were made between January 4-7, the four days immediately before Governor DeSantis was sworn in.

  Disabled woman raped, impregnated in care facility in Florida, lawsuit says

State lawmaker wants to map, inspect septic systems across Florida

Child Pornography Victim Recruited While Playing Fortnite

Florida Governor DeSantis wants to end ban on smokable medical pot

Florida organ donors could get free decals under a new proposed bill filed

California ICE contractor accused in Florida child sex sting

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  A bystander rendered aid at the scene of a fiery crash. Then someone took his truck.

Mexico Beach, FL still in shambles, 3 months after Hurricane Michael

2 fifth-graders planned to murder classmate, Florida police say

Florida may crack down on undocumented workers

Bill aims at using newly-retired teachers as substitutes during shortage

Police: Florida man hits vehicle then steals vehicle belonging to Good Samaritan who stopped to help

Bill would require Florida businesses to check immigration status of new employees

The legislation would require private and public employers and state contractors to enroll in E-Verify, an electronic federal database within the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security.

Benefit bill could help firefighters during life-threatening cancer battle

Firefighters put their lives on the line around the clock to protect families. Surprisingly, it’s not always the direct flames that injure or kill the first responders. Firefighters may not learn about the true dangers associated with their battles for years.

Six arrested, accused of trafficking 15-year-old Florida boy

Prosecutors say the suspects kept the teen in a filthy trailed covered in animal feces where he lived with them and two other men, Curtis Gruwell and Michael Schwartz, for 11 months. Prosecutors say they treated him inhumanely, as did their associates Michael Blasdel and JR Gauthier.

3 children die after getting trapped in freezer in north Florida

The kids climbed into a chest freezer when the lid apparently shut and trapped them inside.

Florida lawmaker files bill requiring schools to teach courses on Bible, religion

Lawmaker wants to allow those with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on college campuses

Florida GOP annual meeting focuses on Trump re-election

Stolen Rolex watches found during strip search of Florida woman

Former Sarasota Chairman elected as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida

New Florida governor suspends sheriff after school massacre

FL Gov. DeSantis’ plane forced to land in St. Petersburg following mechanical issue

The governor, who was heading to Fort Lauderdale, was traveling with Attorney General Ashley Moody, his Chief of Staff Shane Strum and three members of his executive staff.

Governor suspends Northwest Florida school superintendent

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suspending a school superintendent from office after being urged to so by the state’s new education commissioner.

Florida pardons 4 black men accused of 1949 rape

The posthumous pardons were granted Friday for the men known as the Groveland Four.

Doctor mistakenly removes Florida woman’s kidney, which he thought was a tumor

The Florida Board of Medicine says a West Palm Beach surgeon has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine for removing a woman’s healthy kidney that he thought was a tumor.

Governor Ron DeSantis makes stop in Sarasota to announce water order

Governor Ron DeSantis makes stop in Sarasota to announce water order

DeSantis signs order to fight algae, red tide; calls for resignation of board members of South Florida Water Management District

DeSantis signed the order Thursday morning in Bonita Springs in southwest Florida, one of the areas where slimy, green algae have bloomed because of pollutants flowing downstream from Lake Okeechobee.

Alabama bans smoking on public beach

"What Florida is doing is not surprising," said Grant Brown, recreation and cultural affairs director with the city of Gulf Shores, comparing smoking bans on beaches with restrictions to smoking at outdoor athletic stadiums.

Authorities: Florida man tricked slain wife’s family into thinking she was OK

On New Year's Day, Tarpon Springs police found the decomposing bodies of Richard Ivancic, 71, Laura Ivancic, 59, and Nicholas Ivancic, 25, and three dogs inside the home in a quiet retirement community not far from Tampa.

Several locals convicted of a felony crimes register to vote at Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office

Floridians convicted of a felony can now register to vote after voters said "Yes" to Amendment 4 last November. Murder and sex crime convicted felons are not eligible for voter rights.

Florida woman accused of fatally beating husband with a cane

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Officials say Ramona Maxine Lund is charged with murder and is being held in the jail's infirmary on $250,000 bond as authorities work together to evaluate whether she suffers from dementia.

Republican DeSantis sworn in as Florida’s new governor

DeSantis' inauguration ceremony will begin Tuesday morning in front of Florida's Old Capitol, where he'll lay out his vision for the next four years.

Florida stripper arrested after threatening mass shooting

Lakeland Police say 31-year-old Brien Basarich posted about her homicidal urges on social media under the username "taking-lives."

5 children heading to Disney killed in fiery Florida crash

The children were traveling in a large passenger van from Avoyelles Parish, Lt. Patrick Riordan said during a news conference on Friday morning in Alachua, which is south of Gainesville.

Florida Supreme Court rejects challenge on school funding

A sharply divided Florida Supreme Court is rejecting a lawsuit claiming the state isn't living up to its constitutional requirement to provide a "high quality" education for all.

Man with missing wife, Florida in-laws dead arrested in Ohio

Police in Tarpon Springs, Florida, identified the suspect Friday as 25-year-old Shelby John Nealy. He was taken into custody in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio. Authorities said he was initially charged with receiving stolen property because he was driving one victim's car.

Smoking on the beach could soon be illegal in Florida

State Senator Joe Gruters has proposed a bill to ban smoking on Florida beaches, and penalize people who violate that ban.

Florida man drives Ferrari off dock, into water on purpose

Palm Beach police say it's unclear why 48-year-old James Mucciaccio Jr. drove his luxury car into the water the day after Christmas.

Record number of Florida manatees killed by boaters

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recorded 119 manatees killed by a boat strike last year, breaking the record of 106 set in 2016 and tied in 2017. Overall, 804 manatees died in Florida waters, just shy of the record 830 recorded in 2013.

State Sen. Gruters files bill to ban smoking on Florida beaches

Florida State Senator Joe Gruters has filed a bill to ban smoking on public beaches.

State Sen. Gruters files bills to improve water quality in Florida

Red tide took over Suncoast waters in 2018 and Sarasota ended the year with a raw sewage spill in the bay.

Angry customer at McDonald’s in St. Pete tries to pull employee over counter

The employee responded by punching the customer several times in the face at the St. Petersburg restaurant on Monday.

Commission OKs recommendation to arm teachers in Florida

The 15-member Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved the 446-page report containing that proposal and other recommendations. It's now in the hands of Gov. Rick Scott, governor-elect Ron DeSantis and the Legislature.

Police: 3 human bodies, 3 dead dogs in Florida mobile home

Tarpon Springs police Maj. Jeffrey Young said during a Wednesday morning news conference that the deaths were "not a random act."

Toddler hurt falling into rhino exhibit at Florida zoo

The child was airlifted to an Orlando hospital.

Number of sexual offenders, predators increases in Florida

A research firm with the Florida Legislature, called the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, found the number of sexual offenders and predators registered in the state has gone up by 53% since 2005.

VIDEO: Woman rescued by first responders after flipping her car into water

New Years day began with a successful rescue after a woman flipped her car into water and muck off I-4 near the Florida State Fairgrounds.

New Year brings Workers’ Comp changes

New Year brings Workers' Comp changes in Florida

Lawsuit says theme park should put warning signs in Spanish

The family's 38-year-old father suffered a fatal heart attack two years ago after going on the "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" ride. Jose Calderon Arana, who had prior heart problems, didn't speak English.

VIDEO: Florida man drops stolen TV from getaway scooter

Police say two Florida men stole a flat-screen television from a South Florida Walmart store and dropped it as they fled on a motorized scooter.

New Florida laws going into effect in January 2019

You read the headline correctly, we have some new laws in Florida and we want you to be updated.

Anger over video of man on fishing charter holding seabird by neck

In the video, the bird, which appears to be a Royal Tern, is held by the neck by a man wearing a pair of gloves. The man accuses the bird of eating his bait and asks, “What should I do with you?” He holds on to the bird for almost a minute before throwing it off the back of the boat.

Poor maintenance blamed for casino shuttle boat fire that led to 42-year-old woman’s death

The National Transportation Safety Board released a report this month outlining the factors that led to 42-year-old Carrie Dempsey's death and the destruction of the $450,000 boat. About 50 passengers jumped into the chilly waters off Port Richey in January when the Island Lady caught fire, official

Legislation filed to make it harder to pass amendments to Florida’s constitution

After an election in which voters approved 11 constitutional amendments, legislation has been filed at the state capitol that would make it harder to pass future ballot measures. The proposal would require support from two-thirds of voters for passage of constitutional amendments.

VIDEO: Four dead, including 16-year-old girl, in horrific, fiery Highlands County crash

Troopers say the Christmas Day crash happened around 12:30pm on State Road 70 and County Road 721 in Lake Placid. Two vehicles collided head-on, killing four people.

Calls mount to label Hurricane Michael a Category 5 storm

Some in Bay County — which was hit hard by the fierce October storm — want the Cat. 5 label both as leverage to try and win a higher reimbursement from FEMA, but also as validation and a badge of honor for a region feeling increasingly forgotten by the rest of the country.

Panama City woman reunited with dog after fleeing Hurricane Michael, losing husband

As recovery continues two months after Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle, but some people lost more than just their homes.

Eaglet hatches from egg on live Fort Myers web cam

The eaglet worked its way out of the shell Sunday while its mother looked on in the nest. Southwest Florida Eagle Cam captured the moment. A second egg is also in the nest.

Florida cops arrest one of their own during DUI patrol

A Florida police DUI enforcement effort ended up netting a police officer.

Student pilot killed in Florida while practicing landings

Authorities in Florida say a 64-year-old student pilot is dead after a small plane crash.

VIDEO: FL Meteotsunami pushes wave of water into homes along Sanibel Island

The video shows people standing by Castaways Cottages of Sanibel that were experiencing some flooding and then out of nowhere a wall of water pushes forward.

Incoming Florida gov wants pardon review for Groveland Four

Florida's incoming governor wants to consider a pardon for four young African-American men who were wrongly accused of raping a white woman nearly 70 years ago.

Florida election officials prepare to register former felons

Many of Florida's local election officials — who have been unable to get any clear instructions recently from the state — said they will start adding voters to the rolls in January even if they had been convicted of felony crimes.

Deputies: Florida man held in wife’s death; her 4 kids find body

The Orange County Sheriff's Office announced the capture of 29-year-old Nelonza Pugh on Wednesday, several hours after a news conference where Sheriff John Mina called the death of 29-year-old Brooke Jenkins-Pugh "another tragic instance of domestic violence in our community, right before Christmas.

Nine Arrested for Illegally Baiting and Abusing Florida Black Bears

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission today announced the arrests of nine individuals after a year-long investigation into the illegal baiting, taking and molestation of Florida

Florida deputy kills wife, daughter, granddaughter, self

A Florida sheriff's deputy killed three relatives, including a child, then got on the department's radio to say he'd hurt his family before killing himself near a high school Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Florida added 2.5 million residents in past 8 years

Almost 2.5 million people have moved to Florida since the beginning of the decade.

Florida man dupes Texas school district into sending him $2M

A manager for the Crowley school district near Fort Worth, Texas, received an email in October saying a construction company that's a vendor for the district needed to provide updated banking information.

Sen. Marco Rubio, incoming ag. commissioner seek pardon for Groveland 4

The Florida Republican made the request Tuesday on the floor of the Senate. Rubio said what happened to the four men was a "horrifying injustice" and still haunts Florida to this day.

Legislation aims to remove statute of limitations for rape cases involving victims under the age of 18

Under current law, a first degree felony case involving rape cannot be prosecuted more than four years after a crime is committed. The proposed bill would remove that deadline. Democratic State Senator Linda Stewart is sponsoring the measure.

Embattled Florida elections official sues to get job back

Embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano, who are both Republicans. Snipes is a Democrat who worked in one of the state's Democratic strongholds.

Lawmakers target texting, talking while driving

Florida lawmakers target texting, talking while driving.

Police: Man tried to pay for McDonald’s with bag of weed

Port St. Lucie police say the fast food worker denied the trade and Anthony Andrew Gallagher drove off, only to return again a short time later. Police arrested him Sunday on charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence.

Incoming State Education Commissioner wants more school choice

Richard Corcoran used his power as speaker the past two years to push through bills that pleased school-choice supporters, but angered many teachers and public-school officials. Now, Corcoran will be Florida's next education commissioner.

Florida state’s budget affected by Hurricane Micheal

A Florida Senate committee predicts the state’s budget will face pressure from the impact of Hurricane Michael.

Florida man arrested for biting boys out of frustration

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says Rashawn Davis was arrested Thursday. He faces two charges of aggravated child abuse and was being held in jail Friday on a $50,000 bond.

Florida school massacre panel recommends arming teachers

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission voted 13-1 to recommend the Legislature allow the arming of teachers, saying it's not enough to have one or two police officers or armed guards on campus.

Panel says sheriff’s policy contributed to Florida massacre

The commission investigating a Florida high school massacre heavily criticized the responding sheriff office's active shooter policy, saying it contributed to the failure of some deputies to run into the building and confront the gunman.

Judge won’t drop suit against ex-deputy in school shooting

Judge has rejected a deputy's claim that he had no duty to confront the gunman during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.