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Florida Senate OKs bill for firefighter cancer benefits

Cancer would be treated like an on-the-job injury for Florida firefighters and they'd receive a new package of benefits under a bill the Senate unanimously passed Tuesday.

  Plan to expand Florida toll roads expected for Wednesday in State Senate

  Florida Senate passes bill expanding armed teachers program

Bill making texting when driving main offense passes House

Women, seniors had biggest impact on midterms in Florida

2 boating deaths in 2 days in Florida Keys

Florida Senate passes bill expanding armed teachers program

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‘Jaws of life’ used to free dog’s head from cinder block

  8 ducklings rescued from drain at Florida golf course

  Tobacco-Free Florida Week focuses on decreasing e-cigarette use

Bill to cover firefighter cancer benefits making progress

Florida man arrested and charged for impersonating a police officer in Hillsborough County

Columbine survivors helping others affected by massacres

Deputies look for naked burglar who stole from Little League

Authorities in Florida are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a man who they say burglarized a Little League concession stand wearing nothing more than a ballcap and gloves.

Naked toddler near Florida IHOP leads to arrest of passed out adults

Panama City police tell news outlets that the employees were unable to wake 24-year-old Jordyn Freeman and 27-year-old Randy McMillin, both of whom were under the influence of drugs.

Sanctuary Cities bills ready for final consideration in Florida Senate

As the debate over so-called sanctuary cities is back in the national spotlight, two Republican-led proposals that would bar such policies in Florida are almost prepared for final consideration.

House passes bill expanding law enforcement drone use

Law enforcement agencies in Florida could use drones for more purposes under legislation passed unanimously by the state House.

Arming teachers brings contentious debate in Florida Senate

Police: Florida baby dies after being left in hot car while mom went to find cocaine

FWC rescues manatee trapped in shallow canal waters

Troopers looking for driver who fled crash that killed 82-year-old motorcyclist

  Florida Senate taking up high profile issues with school safety

Congress approves tax package for back-to-school holiday period

Florida lawmakers moving aid bills for Hurricane Michael

With disaster aid bill stalled in Congress, Florida lawmakers have begun moving legislation aimed at providing money and other assistance to people in the Panhandle still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

Man who tossed daughter off bridge found guilty of murder

Jurors in Clearwater, Florida, deliberated for about seven hours over two days before convicting John Jonchuck.

Man driving with suspended license arrested for road rage incident in Hardee County

Hardee County deputies have arrested a man who was using a firearm and driving with a suspended license during a road rage incident.

Son’s backyard discovery could solve mystery of slain mom - 26 years later

Officials say the case was broken by the couple's own son, who made a gruesome discovery in the backyard of his childhood home.

  VIDEO: Florida train crashes with SUV; driver hospitalized

Orlando police Sgt. Eduardo Bernal told news outlets the driver remained hospitalized Thursday in serious but stable condition. The SunRail struck her SUV during rush hour downtown.

DeSantis approval only thing standing between bill to increase penalties for harm done to police animals

The Florida House and Senate have given final approval to legislation that would increase criminal penalties for people who injure or kill dogs or horses that work with police officers and other first responders.

Proposal to change Florida Constitution is making progress in Congress

This week a House committee backed a move to make it harder to change the Florida Constitution with supporters saying it would lessen the influence of outside interests.

  VIDEO: FHP says three naked women “air drying” at rest stop led troopers on chase through Pasco County

The trooper was called to the rest area for suspicious persons when he found the naked women, who started to put on their clothes. FHP says one of the women warned the trooper to not come any closer and to "stay right there," while another explained they were "air drying" after showering.

State senators progressing towards passing measure on arming school teachers

State senators took a significant step on Thursday toward passing comprehensive school safety legislation that would increase the number of armed school guardians which includes teachers in Florida schools.

Florida authorities hope Disney band helps catch burglar

Authorities in Florida are hoping Buzz Lightyear can help catch a burglar.

Florida gator enjoys a day on the beach

Imagine enjoying the day on the beach, you look up, and see a gator.

  Proposed bill aims to reduce childhood lead poisoning

Florida lawmakers are discussing a bill that aims to prevent childhood lead poisoning. The bill would require all public schools built before the year 1986 to install filters to reduce lead in the water systems. 1986 was the year congress outlawed lead pipes in new construction nationwide.

  Florida nears 2-millionth concealed weapon permit

Already leading the nation with the highest number of concealed weapon permits, Florida is nearing a new threshold: granting authority to 2 million civilians who can lawfully carry guns tucked in waistbands, under jackets or inside purses into restaurants, shopping malls and elsewhere.

Resolution passed for oil drilling to continue to help with military training in the Gulf of Mexico

A resolution passed by a Florida Senate Committee Wednesday calls for a continued moratorium on oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico to help prevent conflicts with military training.

Florida Senate progressing on Constitution Revision Commission

A move to end the Florida Constitution Revision Commission is ready to go to the Senate floor after a controversy last year about the powerful panel that tied together unrelated issues in proposed constitutional amendments.

  April is national distracted driving awareness month

According to The Centers for Disease Control, each day nationwide nine people are killed and more than a thousand people are injured in crashes that involve distracted driving.

  Police: Man buys $8 million island then steals from Kmart

A man who had just bought an $8 million island off of Key West was arrested Saturday for participating in what police described as a scheme to steal $300 in household items from Kmart.

  Parkland sheriff removal case heads to Florida Supreme Court

A lawsuit claiming Florida’s governor improperly suspended a county sheriff for failing to prevent last year’s Parkland school shooting is going directly to the Florida Supreme Court.

Bill on teaching human trafficking in Florida to House floor

Children in Florida public schools would be taught about the dangers and warning signs of human trafficking under legislation headed to the state House floor.

  Housing vouchers ending for Hurricane Michael survivors

Hundreds of residents in the county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael faced losing a roof over their heads on Tuesday as housing vouchers allowing them to stay at hotels after the Category 4 storm expired.

Veterans angry over latest medical marijuana plan

On Tuesday, a key House committee pushed forward a proposal to set a cap on the level of euphoria-inducing THC in smokable medical marijuana.

Gov. DeSantis to lead trip to Israel in May

Gov. Ron DeSantis to lead trip to Israel this May

Man who bought $8 million island accused of stealing from Kmart

Police in Florida say a man who bought an $8 million island off Key West is accused in a scheme to steal $300 in household items from Kmart.

  Sarasota Police Department holds off on enforcing where CBD oil is sold

The Sarasota Police Department has decided to hold off on enforcing which stores can sell CBD oils until the state decides how they want to regulate the substance.

Accused test taker in college scandal plans to plead guilty

Documents show a Florida prep school administrator accused of taking college admissions tests for students as part of a nationwide scheme in which wealthy parents bribed coaches and others for college entrance will change his plea to guilty.

  Fl: Three young men help 89-year-old woman get into car, officer records video

Three young men helped an 89-year-old woman get into her van after they saw her struggling.

Woman rescued as car dangles from parking garage near Miami

Firefighters rescued a woman from a sports utility vehicle was dangling from the second floor of a parking garage near Miami.

  VIDEO: Prediction for an average or below average hurricane season

Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan breaks down why the projection is showing an average or below average hurricane season in the video above. But as Bob notes - all it takes is one storm to hit our coast for it to be very active!

Sheriff suspended in Florida shooting appeals judge’s ruling

A Florida sheriff who was suspended after the Parkland school shooting is appealing a judge’s decision to dismiss his lawsuit challenging his suspension.

Manatee County and local environmentalist want Galvano’s support for fracking ban

a group of concerned citizens with Food and Water Watch held up signs to let this office know that they are against all forms of fracking. Fracking is the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into the earth to extract oil or gas.

Florida bill adds new restriction on leftover campaign cash

Florida political candidates wouldn’t be able to donate leftover campaign cash to a charity if either they or an immediate family member run the organization under a bill heading to the House floor.

Several outraged over decision to allow felons to have voting rights

Legislation passed by the House State Affairs Committee Thursday has infuriated advocates for the amendment of allowing felons to have their voting rights automatically restored.

Texting while driving set to become a primary offense

The House of Representatives is ready to hear a proposal that would make it easier for police to cite motorists they see texting while driving.

Helicopter rotor blade hits truck during crash in Hillsborough County, killing truck’s passenger

A helicopter with two occupants suffered engine failure and crashed onto 50th Street at Palm River Road on Thursday.

Florida seeks to limit strength of smokable medical pot

The House Health and Human Services Committee voted Wednesday to cap THC levels in smokable medical marijuana at 10% over the objection of patient advocates who said stronger marijuana is already on the market and limiting strength will hurt patients and boost black market pot sales.

Florida Senate passes $90.3B state budget; House next up

The Florida Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a $90.3 billion budget plan for next fiscal year, while the House began work on its version that is about $400 million less in total spending.

  Former Parkland student attends Wednesday legislation session to discuss school safety

The legislation to discuss whether to allow some Florida teachers to carry guns in classrooms was temporarily postponed in Wednesday’s session.

Killing police K-9s in Florida could earn longer prison term

People who kill or seriously injure police dogs in Florida soon could face tougher penalties after the Senate unanimously passed a bill inspired by the shooting death of a canine named Fang.

Florida Senate votes to ban child-like sex dolls

Possessing, selling or displaying a child-like sex doll could soon be illegal in Florida.

Florida mom uses can of soup to stop thief from stealing SUV with son

Police say the man tried to steal the woman's SUV after crashing a stolen convertible Mercedes-Benz into a delivery truck nearby. Investigators say the woman grabbed a can of Progresso soup and yelled at the man to get away.

Fallen firefighters honored at State Capitol

Gov. Ron DeSantis and members of the state cabinet gathered Tuesday morning at the state capitol for the annual “Ringing the Bell” ceremony to honor fallen firefighters in the state.

  VIDEO: Woman receives hug from a Florida Manatee

Woman swimming with manatees in the Crystal River and Kings Bay area gets a hug from a Florida manatee.

  Alligator mating season has begun, here’s what you need to know

April is the start of alligator mating season, so you might see some gators on the prowl.

Gator weighing over 700 pounds caught in South Florida

A massive gator weighing over 700 pounds and measuring nearly 12-feet long has been caught in South Florida.

  VIDEO: Sheriff: Deputy, police K-9 injured in traffic stop shooting

Authorities say a man fleeing a traffic stop shot a Florida sheriff’s sergeant and a K-9 before turning the gun on himself.

FL: Senate proposed 100 million dollars for mental health services in schools

Two suicides in the span of a week involving student survivors of last year’s Parkland school shooting have sparked a new question at the Florida Capitol: How much mental-health money should the state provide to schools?

  Florida mayor announces Democratic presidential bid

Unless you are a Florida State University football fan, chances are you have never heard of the newest Democratic candidate for president -- but Wayne Messam is hoping to quickly change that.

3 major Florida highways envisioned in legislative bills

Three major highways could be created in mostly rural areas of Florida under legislation approved by a House panel and also moving in the Senate.

Florida men imprisoned for murder for 42 years ordered free

An uncle and nephew who had been imprisoned for 42 years for a Florida murder were vindicated Thursday when prosecutors asked a judge to vacate their convictions, saying they no longer believed in the men’s guilt.

FL: Proposed bill wants eight-year limit on county school-board members

Legislation passed Thursday by the Florida House Education Committee would create a proposed constitutional amendment to ask voters to place eight-year term limits on county school-board members.

Imported Canadian prescription drugs set to begin selling in Florida

Imported prescription drugs from Canada could be sold in Florida if the House of Representatives is ready to allow it.

  Governor DeSantis allocates nearly $2 million in grants to expand the trade field

Governor Ron DeSantis has just allocated $1.75 million in grants to help grow apprenticeship programs in trade fields.

  Abortion Rights group voices displeasure with anti-abortion bills in FL

Several abortion-rights groups gathered with like-minded faith groups in Tallahassee Wednesday, announcing their opposition to a pair of bills that would restrict access to abortion in Florida.

Senate passes proposal that would ban “bundling” of constitutional amendments

On Wednesday, the Florida Senate unanimously passed a proposal that seeks to ban the state Constitution Revision Commission from "bundling" multiple topics in single constitutional amendments.

Senate passes bill to prevent release of recordings of mass violence

The Florida Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would shield from disclosure photos and recordings that depict the killing of victims of mass violence.

Deputies: Florida man in jail for hitting wife directed her to commit burglary for bail money

What started as a domestic violence investigation ended with both the Florida man and Florida woman arrested on burglary charges.

  Immigration Rally held at Florida state capital

Hundreds of protestors at the state capitol today shouting down legislation that would to ban sanctuary cities in our state.

  Fracking bill progressing despite disapproval from environmentalists

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s call to ban "fracking was discussed through a House panel Tuesday morning and again in the Senate during the afternoon.