The Republican-led Florida House and Senate on Friday released competing budget proposals for the upcoming year with major funding differences in areas such as education and the environment — and an uncertain future for millions of dollars in Seminole Tribe gambling money.
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A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump in a wave of attacks that harmed no one but spread fear of political violence across the U.S. for days leading up to last fall’s midterm elections.
A Florida House committee voted Thursday for a broad school safety bill that would expand an existing guardian program to allow classroom teachers to volunteer to carry weapons on campus if local school boards approve.
Prosecutors say on Monday, around 7:45am, a distress call from a commercial fishing vessel requested help for an unconscious man on board with head injuries. The Coast Guard aircrew was told it may be related to a "domestic dispute" as they headed out into the Gulf of Mexico.
A new school voucher system is working its way up to the Senate for approval. It's called the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program and would allow middle class families the opportunity to place their child in a private school using public school dollars.
In a strict party-line vote following heated testimony Tuesday, a sharply divided House Criminal Justice Committee signed off on the measure aimed at clarifying components of a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November.
A major expansion of private school vouchers using taxpayer dollars traditionally spent on public schools, a top priority for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, began moving forward Thursday in the Florida House.
Detectives investigating the 3-decade-old slaying of a Navy recruit used genealogical research involving DNA to track down and arrest a suspect who was a one-time Navy training classmate of the victim, authorities in Florida said Thursday.
A Palmetto man is among the nearly 50 people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country, federal prosecutors say
A Florida House committee approved a bill Wednesday that's aimed at preventing government agencies from going to court to try to block the public's constitutionally protected access to government records.
A House panel Tuesday advanced two gun bills, backed by the National Rifle Association, that are reopening a debate about whether people with concealed-weapons licenses should be able to carry guns on school campuses used by churches and store firearms in vehicles on school property.
On Tuesday, forestry officials expressed concerns Tuesday that Northwest Florida communities still recovering form a deadly hurricane in October will soon face the threat of massive wildfires and flooding.
A Pinellas County judge also ordered 40-year-old Daniel Willis Taylor to stay away from the restaurant and the workers he attacked in an incident caught on video. Taylor was credited with the 58 days in jail he already served. He also must pay a $1,000 fine.
Each pair of boots represents a firefighter who has died from, or is currently battling, cancer. Bills filed in the capitol this year would make firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancers automatically eligible to receive disability or death benefits.
The measure by Republican Rep. Vance Aloupis of Miami focuses on a civics course Florida middle schoolers must take in order to advance to high school. It was approved by a House Education panel on a unanimous vote Thursday.
Democratic Rep. Kimberly Daniels of Jacksonville said the intent was not to teach a specific religion in school but rather to emphasize the Bible's role in history, culture and the founding of the U.S. government.
With plenty of breathing room before a March 15 deadline set by Gov. Ron DeSantis, House and Senate leaders have neared completion of a measure that would do away with a state ban on smoking medical marijuana.
A bill that would create a new voucher program allowing more Florida students to attend private schools by tapping into taxpayer money normally used for traditional public schools began moving Wednesday in the state Senate.
Governor Ron DeSantis said this week that he plans to soon start filling seats on state boards and commissions that opened when he rescinded more than 200 appointments made by former Governor Rick Scott.
The use of the illegal devices, which collect consumers' credit or debit card information, has increased dramatically in recent years. If undetected, each skimmer is capable of collecting data from hundreds of consumers while stealing millions of dollars.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri tells news outlets it was the "perfect murder," until investigators charged 63-year-old Mary-Beth Tomaselli and 61-year-old Linda Roberts with first-degree murder on Tuesday.
Following the tragic hit-and-run crash that happened along U.S. 41 that left 19-year-old Jackson Kelley severely injured, The Florida Highway Patrol said they are continuing to practice preventative measures to try and stop hit-and-runs from happening in the future.
A week after a human trafficking ring bust at a South Florida massage parlor captured the national spotlight, a powerful panel focused on ending trafficking gathered on Friday to figure out new ways to tackle the crime.
Christopher Papa, a member of the executive team who produced the video, said it took four months of planning to put the video together and that it involves 70 lip singers, 45 clubs/organizations, and over 1,500 students.
Failure to provide “reasonable assistance” at the scene of an emergency to a person who is seriously injured could result in a fine of up to 500 dollars, under a bill filed for the 2019 legislative session.
From Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting in 2017 to last February’s school shooting in Parkland, along with other recent mass shootings at the Fort Lauderdale Airport, the Jacksonville Landing and a bank in Sebring, Florida has dealt with significant gun violence in recent years.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., tweeted on Tuesday without offering any evidence that the world is “about to learn a lot” about President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and that Cohen should talk to his wife ahead of his testimony Wednesday.
The legislation would establish the loan-repayment program at the Florida Department of Health. Loan repayments would be available to dentists who are willing to practice in public health or in areas of the state that lack dental professionals or are medically underserved.