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Florida man accused of fatally beating uncle’s dog with a shovel

The Palm Beach Post reports the 65-year-old uncle found the Shih Tzu floating in the canal behind his Boynton Beach mobile home park.

Florida mother arrested after 2-year-old shot in the leg

Gov. DeSantis proposes $91.4 billion budget

Waterlogged bag full of cocaine washes up on Florida beach

Florida officer accused of pulling gun on his Lyft driver

Florida boy, 7, in bicycle killed in hit-and-run crash

  Video shows bicyclist being struck by hit-and-run driver in St. Pete

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Deputies still looking for suspect after woman out for a morning run attacked in Charlotte County

Gov. DeSantis pitches new teacher bonus program

Sheriff: Ex-Marine accused of killing parents, 2 dogs at Florida home

  2 dead, 5 injured in I-75 crash in Tampa area, portion of highway remains closed

144-pound sea turtle hit by boat rescued off Florida coast

Charlotte County man charged with animal cruelty for not seeking medical treatment for dog

Remains found in Ala. during search for missing Fla. 5-year-old

The Demopolis Police Department says human remains have been found during the search for a missing Florida 5-year-old.

  Florida hunter expected to die in the swamp when gator bit him

During a hospital news conference Tuesday, James Boyce recalled that he and his wife Terisa were miles from their truck when the 10-foot gator bit him.

Florida considers changes in drug sentencing laws

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously approved the bill on Tuesday. It would also give judges more leeway in sentencing drug dealers in some circumstances.

Bills would expand sales tax holidays for school, storm supplies in Florida

Sales tax holidays for school and hurricane supplies would be expanded under bills approved by a Florida Senate committee.

Florida woman accused of setting unfaithful boyfriend’s home on fire

Officer accused of killing Oklahoma police chief in Florida

6 students have minor injuries from bus crash in Orlando

Hospital in Hardee County evacuated following bomb threat

$800 million in disaster aid to farmers hit by hurricanes

  Suspect arrested in kidnapping of UFC fighter’s stepdaughter in Florida

More cases tied to Florida man accused of groping kids at Disney

The Orange County sheriff's office announced on Thursday that 50-year-old James Anthony Jones now faces additional lewd or lascivious molestation charges.

  FL Agriculture Commissioner working on new hemp law and regulating CBD

While she’s working with different agencies to create regulation and licensing people to grow hemp, she’s also warning residents to be aware of what they consume.

Woman out for a morning run attacked in Charlotte County

The woman was running near Ollie’s Pond on York Avenue around 6:45am Thursday when she was attacked by a man who was wearing a gray hoodie, gray pants, and a knit ski mask.

  Bill would ban sale of large-capacity magazines in Florida

Under a bill proposed for the 2020 session, ammunition magazines would be limited to holding a maximum of 10 bullets at a time. Current law caps magazines at five rounds for hunters but has no other limitations.

Pharmacy kiosks for prescriptions could be coming to Florida

A House health care panel on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill (HB 59) that would allow community pharmacies to use “automated pharmacy systems” to offer people access to prescription drugs.

  Bill to make animal cruelty a federal felony heading to President Trump

The PACT Act specifically bans crushing, burning, drowning and impaling animals, among other things. It would also allow officials to go after suspected animal abusers who cross state lines.

Universal won’t be cited for electric shocks at water park

Federal investigators say Universal Orlando Resort won’t be cited for electrical problems that led to lifeguards getting shocked at its water park, saying the resort was unaware something was wrong.

  VIDEO: Florida deputy arrested for throwing student to the ground

Broward County Deputy Willard Miller was charged Tuesday with felony child abuse without great bodily harm for the Sept. 25 altercation. Sheriff Gregory Tony suspended him without pay until internal disciplinary procedures are complete.

Florida grandma faces DUI manslaughter in grandchild’s death

A Florida woman who state troopers say was driving with her 10-month-old grandchild on her lap when she crashed into an Interstate 4 guard rail is now facing DUI manslaughter charges.

Florida officials unveil website to monitor water quality

Florida officials are rolling out a new online dashboard that allows the public to get a snapshot of water quality in the state’s major lakes and waterways.

  New website launched in Florida providing healthcare cost transparency

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday the Florida Health Price Finder website, which gives residents prices on non-emergency medical procedures in the state.

Florida teen and her siblings rescued from “deplorable conditions” after she calls hotline to report parents, suicidal thoughts

On October 31, deputies say the teen called an Abuse Hotline and said she was thinking about killing herself because of the home she was living in and alleged physical and emotional abuse by her mother.

  Florida woman, 8 months pregnant, kills home intruder with AR-15, sheriff says

A husband and wife said two men broke into their home and made demands before the woman shot and killed one of them, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

14-year-old fatally shot by friend while playing with gun

Sheriff’s officials say a 17-year-old Florida teen is accused of aggravated manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his 14-year-old friend.

Deputies investigate explosion at Florida bank’s ATM

Law enforcement authorities in Florida are investigating an early morning explosion at a bank’s ATM.

Man charged with killing teen who was protecting younger sister

A Florida man accused of killing a teenager during a home invasion is charged with second-degree murder and burglary.

Florida State fires football coach Willie Taggart

Florida State has fired Willie Taggart one day after the Seminoles were beaten by Miami and fell closer to missing a bowl game for the second consecutive season.

Teacher shows up to work drunk, slurring speech, police say

Lisa Edelstein was fired after only seven days on the job, and now she’s facing criminal charges.

  1 killed while practicing for Florida air show on Friday

Officials say a plane crash ahead of a Florida air show left one person dead on Friday afternoon.

  Some Florida lawmakers working on making daylight saving permanent

It’s that time of year we’ll be turning our clocks back one hour this weekend. But some Florida lawmakers are pushing to make daylight saving permanent in order to avoid that.

  Florida teen charged with offering $100,000 to kill school employee

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco announced during a news conference Friday that deputies arrested 18-year-old Nicholas Godfrey and charged him with solicitation to attempt murder.

Drugs found while searching Charlotte County man’s home

Inside the 56-year-old's home, they say they found 80 grams of methamphetamine, 15.18 grams of cannabis, 7 Quetiapine Fumarate pills, which is not a controlled substance and is obtainable only by prescription, and a firearm and ammunition.

  State Senator Joe Gruters files bill to ban smoking on Florida’s public beaches

Bill would give Florida counties power to ban smoking from public beaches and county owned parks.

  Man accused of killing 15-year-old Florida boy who was protecting 5-year-old sister charged with second degree murder

The sheriff’s office says they began canvassing the neighborhood and discovered that Ryan Cole had broken into a home on Starlite Lane. Inside, they found 15-year-old Khyler Edman deceased.

North Port man arrested, accused of being “serial groper”

Deputies arrested 22-year-old Dominic Sforza on three counts of battery. The sheriff's office says a tip led them to Sforza, who's accused of inappropriately touching women in public places, including the parking lots of large stores.

I-75 South closed near Punta Gorda after trailer overturns

Charlotte County Fire and EMS says a trailer hauling polyurethane, which is used to seal asphalt driveways, overturned at the Highway 17/Duncan Road exit on I-75 South. That’s near Punta Gorda.

GALLERY: Design concepts unveiled for Pulse memorial, museum

Organizers say the design concepts are only a starting point for discussions on the Pulse memorial and museum and are open to revisions.

Tiger known for unique coloring dies at Busch Gardens after altercation with brother

The park announced Bala's death in a statement Tuesday. Officials say a necropsy was being completed.

Florida governor signals another push for E-Verify system

But it's unclear if that effort will get any traction among lawmakers during next year's legislative session, after a similar measure failed to make it to his desk earlier this year.

Effort to raise Florida minimum wage passes signature hurdle

The Department of State website shows the ballot has gathered slightly more than the 766,200 registered voter signatures needed to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot.

Woman set on fire inside Taco Bell; suspect arrested

Authorities in Florida say a woman poured gasoline on another woman and set her on fire inside a Taco Bell restaurant.

U.S. House passes bill making animal cruelty a federal felony

The so-called “PACT Act” specifically bans crushing, burning, drowning and impaling animals, among other things.

Teen-aged Florida gamer accused of making violent, disturbing threats

Detectives received tips about the threats made by the teen and requested records from several companies to connect him to a home in Winter Haven, where he was staying with an adult family member while they visited a friend.

Florida’s lone statewide elected Democrat takes on Trump

Nikki Fried was a little-known lobbyist and former public defender in South Florida who just barely won her race for agriculture commissioner in 2018. For the Democratic presidential candidates who will soon be searching Florida for a path to beating Trump, Fried may seem an unlikely guide.

Florida considers allowing college athletes to earn money

During a news conference at the state capitol, DeSantis told reporters he supports bills filed for the 2020 legislative session that propose what he calls needed reform for college athletes.

1 in 4 Florida high schoolers have vaped in the past month, according to the Florida Surgeon General

Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said Wednesday the state has had 70 cases of vaping-related illnesses in 21 counties and one confirmed death.

Woman gets 50-year sentence for crash that killed 3

A judge in Florida sentenced a 31-year-old woman to 50 years in prison for causing a drunk driving crash that killed a family of three.

Florida bill requiring parental consent before minors can get abortions passes key House committee

The House Health and Human Services Committee approved the measure by a vote of 12 to 6. The measure is poised to move quickly in the House, as the bill is now ready for the full chamber to consider when the 2020 legislative session starts in January.

  GRAPHIC: Police in Florida remove 3 kids, 245 animals from ‘deplorable’ home

Edgewater police said in a news release that it was "immediately evident neither the children, nor the animals were being cared for properly" when officers arrived at the home on Royal Palm Drive on Sunday.

Florida man accused of killing suspected ‘peeping Tom’

A Florida man now faces a manslaughter charge in last year’s beating death of a prowler with a track record of “peeping Tom” arrests.

St. Petersburg rolls out scooter program with rules

One Florida city is trying to roll out an electric scooter program and avoid the problems of other metro areas around the U.S.

Florida teacher, coach accused of having sex with student

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said in a release 28-year-old Megan Parris was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Parris taught math and helped coach the New Smyrna Beach High School girls' basketball team.

Florida nanny gets 20 years for sexually abusing child, having his baby

News outlets report 28-year-old Marissa Mowry was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to sexual battery and agreeing to be designated a sexual predator.

Florida man with HIV faces charges for not disclosing status

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office filed the charges Thursday against Gentry Burns, who was in jail on unrelated charges.

Florida mom guilty of killing teen she accused of molesting daughter

43-year-old Connie Serbu was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder. She faces a possible life sentence at a Jan. 3 hearing.

Florida man arrested on molestation charge at Disney park

Deputies say one of the victims told security that a suspect touched them as he walked by inside Ye Olde Christmas Shop. Disney security were told about another incident at the pre-show area of the Haunted Mansion.

  VIDEO: Deputies rescue raccoon with jar stuck on its head

The sheriff’s office says the animal was scared and confused, running into the parking stops and the curb at their District One office. Though deputies tried to get closer to it, because the plastic bottle on its head was clear, it was able to evade their attempts and climb a tree to get away.

  New trap rule for this year’s stone crab season

Stone crab season in Florida started Tuesday. But, before you go out crabbing, there is a new rule this year that you need to be aware of.

Florida legislators hearing about dangers of legalizing recreational marijuana

The House Health and Human Services Committee heard from Harvard Medical School psychobiologist Bertha Madras, who issued dire warnings about the dangers of marijuana use, particularly for youngsters.

  No jail time for former Punta Gorda Police officer who shot, killed 73-year-old woman during citizens training exercise

As part of a deal, Lee Coel, whose case was moved to Lee County, will plead no contest to second degree manslaughter and receive 10 years probation and not serve any prison time in the death of Mary Knowlton.

  Florida’s attorney general launching vaping investigation

In a news conference at a Tampa high school, Moody said the investigation will center on whether the companies are targeting minors and if they're running afoul of the state's consumer protection laws.

Florida commission says mental health system needs overhaul

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, meeting in Orlando, found that the state's mental health system is too often a revolving door.

  Panel: Florida schools should have realistic active shooter drills

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, meeting in Orlando, recommended that each school have four active-shooter drills per year and that each be unique so teachers and students have to react to the situation presented. The drills might include fleeing, locking down insid

Florida man arrested in sex assault of girl met on Snapchat

News outlets report 22-year-old Austin Wyatt Altman was arrested Saturday on charges including sexual battery on a child and violating probation. Pasco County deputies say Altman picked her up from her house on Saturday and brought her back to his Spring Hill home, where he assaulted her.

Florida proposes reducing minimum amount of prison time for certain inmates

Congress has proposed a bill at the state capitol that would reduce the minimum amount of time certain inmates are required to serve in prison before they become eligible to be released.

Deputies: Naked man wreaked havoc on business, then showered

A Florida man who was found nude inside a plumbing business is facing charges after being accused of using a forklift and a hammer to wreak havoc before taking a shower there.

Florida considers forcing collection of tax on online sales

Online sellers would have to automatically collect sales tax from Floridians and submit it to the state under a bill moving in the Florida Senate.

Florida lawmakers want to abolish constitution commission

The Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee voted unanimously Monday for a measure that would ask 2020 voters to get rid of the Constitution Revision Commission.