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  Prosecutors seek death penalty for Florida man accused of killing wife, 3 kids

State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced during a news conference Tuesday that an Osceola County grand jury had formally charged Anthony Todt. Florida law requires a grand jury indictment for capital crimes.

  Video shows man tackling deacon during Saturday evening mass at Florida church

  Firefighters rescue raccoon with jar on its head that ran up tree

North Port man killed in Hardee County crash

70 animals removed from home in what Florida sheriff calls “rescue turned hoarder” situation

  VIDEO: 80-acre brush fire forces evacuations in Charlotte County

Worker killed from 16-story fall down Florida condo roof

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  VIDEO: Man rescues woman from car sinking into water of Florida canal

Officials: Florida man negligently fires gun, kills roommate

  Investigators say man who shot, killed Trooper Joseph Bullock was angry over tow company bill

Server accused of stealing customers’ credit cards from Charlotte County restaurant

  4th member of Massachusetts family dies after Florida crash

  Sheriff: Customs agent kills 3 family members in Florida home, then himself

Bill heading to DeSantis would require minors to get parental consent for abortion

Thursday’s 75-43 vote in the House was a victory for DeSantis, who said on the opening day of this year’s legislative session that he hoped the proposal “will make its way to my desk during this session.” The Senate voted 23-17 to pass the bill (SB 404) on Feb. 6.

Florida car salesman gets 6+ years for stealing $3M from clients

Court records show that 45-year-old Shiraaz Sookralli was sentenced last week in Fort Lauderdale federal court. He pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.

  Rollerblader killed when speeding car loses control in South Florida

Pompano Beach spokeswoman Sandra King says the crash happened Wednesday afternoon. The driver and passenger in the car were taken to a hospital in critical condition.

  Court rules against Florida on felon voting rights

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in October that it is unconstitutional to deny the right to vote to felons who are “genuinely unable” to pay financial obligations.

  New College president says folding his school into FSU makes no sense

Florida father sues airline over boy’s sexual assault during layover

  Police: 2 women killed when car fell off Florida ferry

  3 members of Massachusetts family killed in Florida crash

  Sponsor of Florida E-Verify bill says changes made by Senate committee make it a “mockery”

Florida man charged with DUI manslaughter in high speed crash that ripped vehicle in two

Elderly, halfhearted Florida bank robber won’t be jailed

Sandy Hawkins reached an agreement with Palm Beach County prosecutors on Friday. He will spend the next year at a Christian residence for the homeless and if he stays out of trouble the charges will be dropped.

Deputies: Apartment security guard fatally shoots man

Authorities say a security guard at an Orlando apartment complex fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at him.

211M gallons of sewage spilled into Florida city waterways

Fort Lauderdale officials say 211.6 million gallons of sewage has spilled into Fort Lauderdale waterways in the past few months.

Florida AG grants reparations for wrongfully convicted man

The Florida Attorney General’s office has announced it was wrong to deny reparations to a Jacksonville man wrongfully convicted of murder.

Man accused of slashing girls with machete held without bond

Florida authorities say a man accused of slashing two children with a machete is being held in jail without bond on charges that include attempted murder.

  Clearwater man convicted in parking lot shooting attacked in prison

A defense lawyer says Michael Drejka was hit in the head Tuesday with a sock that had a lock inside, which caused him to get five stitches. Drejka’s wife told his attorneys he’s now living in fear.

Police: Florida woman neglected dogs, tossed their bodies in trash

Devonna Hinds was arrested Wednesday and charged with animal cruelty and improperly disposing of the dogs’ bodies.

Deputies searching for missing 28-year-old Florida woman

Deputies are searching for a 28-year-old woman who they say has been missing since Thursday.

Sheriff: Florida teen brought 2 guns, 4 knives to middle school

A 13-year-old Florida student faces multiple charges after authorities say he brought two guns and four knives on his middle school campus.

Florida man looking for auto parts store gets directions to jail

A 63-year-old Florida man seeking directions to an auto parts store instead found himself in jail.

Proposal that undermines ability of local communities to regulate short-term rentals approved by State Senate committee

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, would “preempt” regulation of vacation rentals, including licensing and inspection, to the state.

  Legislation passed in Florida House of Representatives on new wine bill

The Florida House of Representatives approved legislation last week that not only allows you to pour yourself glasses of wine, but also save them for your next wine time.

  Law enforcement offering $20,000 reward to bring suspect(s) to justice responsible for killing two dolphins

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is offering a $20,000 reward to anyone who has any information on the person or people who are responsible deaths of two Florida dolphins.

Abducted 3-year-old found safe inside car on I-10 in Florida

Authorities say the child was taken from her father’s front yard around 6 a.m. Monday and found later on Interstate 10 near the state capital of Tallahassee.

  Florida man charged with driving into GOP voter sign-up tent

A sheriff’s office in Florida says a man has been arrested for driving into a tent set up in a parking lot by Republicans to register voters in Jacksonville.

  Florida couple gets engaged at Circus Sarasota

A Florida couple got engaged on Saturday night at Circus Sarasota!

  Super Bowl winning wide receiver helps Florida dance team

Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl champion Sammy Watkins is giving back to his hometown community of Fort Myers.

Man gets life sentence for killing family with hammer, knife

A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for using a claw hammer, knife and gun to kill his mother and half-brothers.

  Procession brings body of Florida trooper killed in the line of duty to Sarasota

Trooper Joseph Bullock was supposed to be escorted by a small contingent of patrol vehicles from the St. Lucie County Medical Examiner’s Office to the area of Fruitville and Honore Avenue in Sarasota. But by the time the procession arrived, the number of patrol vehicles had increased to dozens.

  First Alert Traffic: Sunshine Skyway Bridge has re-opened

The Sunshine Skyway has re-opened after being closed down for hours due to high winds.

  Florida man gets arrested for the 66th time

A man behind bars on the Suncoast finds himself in a familiar place. He was arrested for the 66th time Wednesday after being on the run since last year.

  Does school choice sabotage public education in Florida?

New charter schools are popping up all over the state, but there’s still some dispute over whether or not state funding should be used for vouchers or scholarships to help pay for students to attend private schools.

  Hog Trail Murders: New Technology Helps Create Sketch That May Help Identify Potential Victim

In February of 1994, 26 years ago, a man was found dead in the woods in Punta Gorda. He had no clothing, no teeth and absolutely nothing to identify him or even know what happened to him. Since then, he’s been known as John Doe and the first of many bodies discovered from the Hog Trail Murders.

  Manatee County Sheriff leads new effort to keep law requiring some inmates to serve 85 percent of their sentence

Legislators are considering reducing that to 65 percent. At the end of January, the Florida Sheriff’s Association, led by Sheriff Wells, launched a new research institute to stop them.

Police: Man fatally stabbed father in Florida parking garage

Investigators say a 26-year-old man is accused of fatally stabbing his father in a Boca Raton parking garage.

  Man charged with breaking into nursing home, killing patient

A man is facing charges that he broke into a Florida nursing home and suffocated a 95-year-old patient.

Deputies: Woman stuns husband with Taser during argument

Authorities say a Florida woman responded to her husband’s request for a separation by shocking him with a stun gun.

  State to purchase, preserve 5,777-acre Orange Hammock Ranch in Sarasota County

The Orange Hammock Ranch is located on the north side of Interstate 75 within the City of North Port and connects RV Griffin Preserve with the Longino Preserve through about six miles of shared boundaries.

Florida man accused of filming coworkers in day care bathroom

The phone faced the toilet in the St. Petersburg center’s bathroom. Co-workers spotted the phone and notified authorities.

  VIDEO: Sheriff’s office helicopter helps rescues kayaker left stranded in Everglades

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office says a helicopter crew spotted 67-year-old Mark Miele on Monday and led a marine unit to his location.

Baby boy dies days after crash on Florida’s Turnpike

Authorities say a 4-month-old boy has died, days after the car he was riding in was involved in a crash on Florida’s Turnpike.

3 family members die in Florida hit and run; driver sought

Florida law enforcement is searching for the hit-and-run driver who ran a red light and plowed into a car, killing a Clearwater couple and their teenage son.

Winning $396.9 million Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Florida

The ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven at 4520 Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. The store will get $100,000 for selling the winning ticket.

  Florida ranks 3rd in the nation for human trafficking; local org raising awareness at Super Bowl

Human trafficking is up 25-percent in the Sunshine State. With the Super Bowl just a few days away law enforcement agencies are on high alert.

  Amber Alert: Dad found dead, baby still missing after 3 women killed in South Florida

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says the father of a baby at the center of an Amber Alert has been found dead, but the child is still missing.

Florida Senator Rick Scott’s Iowa ad attacks former VP Joe Biden

In his ad, Scott criticizes the Democratic-led impeachment trial against President Donald Trump and accuses former Vice President Joe Biden of corruption.

  Fish farm protest and meeting discussing proposed plans off the coast of Sarasota

The plan is to build a mesh, chain-link pen to raise 20,000 marine fish that would be used for people to eat.

Woman pleads guilty to hurricane disaster assistance fraud

A Florida woman has pleaded guilty to lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Police: Elderly Florida couple die from carbon monoxide

An elderly Florida couple died from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning after police say they left their car running inside their garage.

  Florida unemployment rate drops to lowest mark since current estimating process began

The unemployment rate in Florida dropped to three percent in December, the lowest mark since the current estimating process started in 1976.

Deputies arrest two people in connection with fatal shooting at a Florida bar

Deputies have arrested two people in connection to the fatal shooting that occurred at a Florida bar on Saturday morning.

  Florida man arrested by SCSO for allegedly selling narcotics to undercover detectives

Deputies say they have arrested a 50-year-old Florida man for selling narcotics to undercover detectives

House panel passes bill prohibiting insurance companies from using genetic information to deny or cancel policies

A House panel passed a bill on Thursday that would prohibit insurance companies from using customers’ genetic information to deny or cancel policies.

  Congressman Buchanan asks Gov. DeSantis to protect Florida panthers

This week, Congressman Vern Buchanan urged Governor Ron DeSantis to consider protecting the endangered Florida panther when drafting construction plans.

  Florida brewing company collaborates with animal shelter by putting rescue dogs on beer cans

Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton is partnering up with the Manatee County Animal Shelter to find homes for dogs.

  Manatee County School District Leaders advocating for bill to change state nursing program

Leaders from the Manatee County School District are advocating for a bill that would make changes to the state’s nursing program.

  Florida parental consent abortion bill heads to full Senate

A bill that will require girls under the age of 18 to get a parent’s consent before having an abortion is ready for a full Senate vote. The bill was approved Wednesday in its final committee stop.

  School district leaders push for change to technical college nursing programs

Leaders from Manatee County School District are advocating for the state legislature to pass a bill that would allow technical colleges to offer associate's degrees in nursing.

  Report: Lucky’s Market closing all Florida locations except one store in Melbourne

In a company meeting early Tuesday morning, employees were told that all but one location in Florida will be closing next month, according to a report in the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The only store remaining in Florida will be in Melbourne.

  Deputies: Florida man sought hit man to kill his brother

Officials said as a result 54-year-old Gary Hudge is charged with solicitation to commit murder. Investigators said Hudge provided several Michigan addresses for his brother and offered .25-caliber handgun, a bus ticket as well as the cash.

Mistake leads to huge water bills in Florida city

A mistake by Miami-Dade County utility officials has led to sky-high water bills this month for many property owners in the South Florida city of Opa-locka.

Florida high court sides with governor on felon voter rights

The court says in advisory opinion that only felons who have fully completed their sentences can regain access to the ballot box under the voter approved ballot measure known as Amendment 4.

Florida woman who fed vultures, gators settles lawsuit for $53,000

A Palm Beach County judge on Wednesday ordered Irma Acosta Arya to pay up by Feb. 14. He also permanently enjoined her from further feedings of wildlife.

Republican leaders oppose Gov. DeSantis plan to have businesses use E-Verify

The governor kicked off the session Tuesday by reminding lawmakers about one of his top priorities: a proposed mandate for all Florida employers to use the federal government’s E-Verify system to check new hires to make sure they are not undocumented immigrants.

Gov. DeSantis calls for teacher raises, water quality in State of the State

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has an ambitious agenda for 2020 which he laid out Tuesday during his State of the State address.

Florida won’t get the chance to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in 2020

The political committee Make It Legal Florida had been hurrying to try to meet a requirement to submit 766,200 valid petition signatures to the state by a Feb. 1 deadline and went to court to try to get more time.

  FHP hands out about 1,000 tickets for new texting while driving law

Florida Highway Patrol said they stopped about 1,000 drivers throughout the state just days after the new texting while driving law went into effect.

From coconut patties to guns, lawmakers ready for session

Florida lawmakers are set to begin their 60-day annual session with 3,000 bills in front of them, ranging from making coconut patties the official state candy to adding new requirements for private gun sales.