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Law banning vaping in workplaces goes into effect next week

The vaping ban, which goes into effect on July 1st, implements part of a constitutional amendment supported by nearly 70 percent of voters last year. The change is similar to a long-standing law that prohibits smoking tobacco in places of employment.

Florida woman accused of theft after giving husband’s guns to police following his arrest for domestic violence

  Florida governor signs bill to promote career training

  FDOT: Do you know the purpose of the “Emergency Shoulder Use?"

VIRAL: Florida driver accidentally drove into a pool, hit gas instead of brakes

  Florida nears detailed information on health charges

  Democratic candidates rally Latinos vs. Trump in Miami forum

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  Florida’s May unemployment rate shows drop from April’s percentage

  Florida governor signs $91 billion state budget

Police: Florida couple beat, used stun gun on adopted kids

Police say DNA used to solve 24-year old Florida rape case

  Florida inmate indicted for federal building bomb threats

  Judge in Florida face-biting attack denies insanity rules challenge

  Rescued manatee released back into the wild

A manatee is back swimming in the wild after he was severely injured by a boat.

  Controversial fraud stickers to remain at gas pumps

Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s smiling face won’t disappear from gas pumps anytime soon, even as Republicans push to ban the displays.

  Cameras will capture license plates on UCF campus

The University of Central Florida has installed cameras on campus that will capture the license plates of cars, and that information will then be cross-referenced with law enforcement databases.

  New excavation planned for notorious state reform school

Forensic experts will go back to the site of a notorious state reform school where 55 bodies were unearthed in 2015.

  WATCH: Florida trooper dragged 100 feet by car during traffic stop

Gov. DeSantis signs red tide research bill

  Minimum wage hike doesn’t draw arguments from Supreme Court of Florida

  Walt Disney World Resort significantly increases cost of annual park passes

  Man arrested for slapping reporter’s hand at Trump’s rally

  Boeing to move its space and launch headquarters to Florida

  Higher education changes bill signed into law by DeSantis

One of the bill Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law on Tuesday was a higher-education package that changes how public universities and colleges fund construction projects.

Florida city pays $600,000 ransom to save computer records

A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses.

  Immigrants who once worked for President Trump hold separate rally

Hours before President Trump is due to kick off his 2020 campaign for re-election, a Labor Union representing hospitality workers held a news conference of their own.

  Sheriff suspended after Parkland shooting fights for his job

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to suspend the sheriff who oversaw the response to the Parkland school shooting was a knee-jerk reaction based on politics, not facts, a lawyer said Tuesday as a Senate hearing began on whether to uphold the suspension.

Florida man who pretended to be Uber driver gets 30 years for sexually assaulting teen

Willie Foust pleaded guilty to sexual battery after the victim testified at his trial.

  Foreclosures spike across the state of Florida

In May, one in every 1,200 homes had a foreclosure filing in Florida, the third highest in the nation. Local Realtor John Wilcher says it a trend that has been creeping up on us around the Suncoast.

Florida effort to block election hacking gets extra $2M

DeSantis announced the unspent money is left over from a $19 million federal grant given last year to combat potential attacks on the Florida's voting system and was supposed to be returned to the state. It will be combined with $2.8 million in state funding currently budgeted.

Florida is bucking trend by seeing foreclosure increases

Florida is bucking the trend by seeing rises in foreclosure starts.

  University of Florida taking lead on medical marijuana study

The University of Florida will take the lead on a study monitoring the effects of medical marijuana.

  Judge will remain in case of former Punta Gorda officer charged with manslaughter

The judge in the manslaughter case of a former Punta Gorda police officer will remain in her position.

  Small plane flips over while trying to land in Pasco County

At approximately 2:50 p.m., Pasco County Fire Rescue responded to a reported aircraft emergency at Tampa North Flight Center in Wesley Chapel. A Cessna flipped while attempting to land at the airport.

  Hemp bill making progressions in Florida

On Friday, legislation sent to the governor’s desk would require the Florida Department of Agriculture to create a regulatory framework for the state’s fledgling hemp industry.

  U.S. House approves $6.25 million to help red tide research

Nearly one year after red tide hammered the Suncoast, the U.S. House of Representatives voted this week to fund research that could possibly save lives.

  Florida governor signs bill banning sanctuary policies

All law enforcement agencies in Florida will have to cooperate with federal immigration authorities under a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday during a ceremony that often felt like a campaign rally for him and President Donald Trump.

Suspicious object found at the Don Cesar Hotel in Florida

The Tampa Bomb team has determined that the suspicious object found at Don Cesar Hotel in St. Petersburg Beach was an insert training grenade.

  Census could see an under-count from new Florida residents

The 2020 U.S. Census could drastically under-count new Florida residents according to one fiscal watchdog group, costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade.

Florida law lets autonomous vehicles drive without humans

Self-driving vehicles will be able to operate in Florida without a human on board under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

  Boy, 14, dies during football conditioning drills

Authorities say a Florida teen has died after collapsing during conditioning drills with his school's football team.

Former church youth leader accused of molesting teen

Authorities say a 32-year-old former youth leader at a Florida church is accused of molesting a member of her teen group.

  Divers recover 2 bodies from plane crash in Florida lake

On Wednesday, police say they haven’t found the plane or pilot they believe fell in a central Florida lake.

  August execution set for Florida killer who targeted gay men

A convicted killer in North Florida who targeted gay men is scheduled to be executed later this summer.

  Florida citrus industry totals show another increase for 2018-19

Florida’s citrus industry is wrapping up its harvest with totals that top the past two seasons.

  Rescued sea turtles to be released

Three sea turtles will be released back into the wild on Thursday.

  New law allows paramedics in Florida to carry firearms in “high-risk” situations

In less than a month, Florida paramedics could be armed with more than the skills to save a life.

  Nightclub massacre anniversary elicits somber memorials

Three years after a gunman massacred 49 people and wounded many others at a gay nightclub in central Florida, the anniversary was being observed Wednesday with somber memorial gatherings and proclamations, including one that had to be issued twice.

  Infant dies after being found unresponsive in Punta Gorda

On Tuesday morning, an infant was found unresponsive in Punta Gorda and later pronounced dead at the hospital.

  Fl: Make sure you download the “no scam” app to prevent price gouging during natural disasters

Florida’s Attorney General is urging all Floridians to download the ‘no scam’ app.

  Florida governor signs bill for foreign drug importation

Floridians could eventually gain access to cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and other countries under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, if the federal government gives it a green light.

  FCC issuing warnings about the one ring phone scam

The FCC is issuing warnings about a new telemarketing scam with a bit of a twist.

2 giraffes killed by lightning at Florida wildlife park

Officials at a Florida wildlife park say two giraffes that died last month were killed by lightning.

Florida man pleads guilty to threatening Congress members over phone

A Florida man has pleaded guilty to leaving threatening rants about gun control, illegal immigration, homosexuals, black people and Muslims for three Democratic members of Congress.

Lake Okeechobee discharges challenged in federal lawsuit

Discharges from Florida’s Lake Okeechobee that send nutrients down two rivers triggering algae blooms are being challenged in a new federal lawsuit.

Gov. DeSantis signs bill for foreign drug importation

The legislation allows creation of two prescription drug importation programs subject to strict regulation: one involving importing drugs from Canada and a second calling for drugs to be brought in from unspecified other countries to be chosen later.

“One-Ring Phone Scam” tries to trick you into calling a scammer back

State Attorney General Ashley Moody says this is how the "One-Ring Phone Scam" works. Though they look local, the calls are actually coming from outside the United States. When you call back, the scammer will try to keep you on the phone.

Man drowns saving 12-yr-old grandson at Tampa-area beach

Authorities say a 71-year-old man drowned trying to rescue his grandson at a Florida beach.

Motorcyclist hit by lightning in Florida crashes, dies

Authorities in Florida say lightning struck a motorcyclist on a Florida interstate, causing a crash and his death.

  Disney to help assist employees with child care

Disneyland in California is promising to spend millions of dollars to help its employees with child care.

Governor signs bill creating hurdles to change constitution

The bill signed into law without comment requires paid petition gatherers to register with the secretary of state, outlaws paying gatherers based on the number of signatures they collect and creates fines if petitions aren't turned in within 30 days. The petitions also must include the name and perm

Florida ethics panel OKs $5K deal with ex-candidate Gillum

The Florida Ethics Commission has accepted a settlement fining former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum $5,000 for a trip he took to New York.

  Three people left ill after a nitrogen leak at a Florida ice cream shop

A nitrogen leak at a South Florida ice cream shop had workers and firefighters falling ill.

5 vehicles hit, kill black bear that wondered onto I-75

Authorities in Florida say five vehicles hit and killed a black bear in on Interstate 75.

  Historic resort in Boca Raton has been sold

A New York company that’s affiliated with computer maker Michael Dell has bought a landmark resort in South Florida.

  Disney World announces deal for Florida residents

Disney is offering a deal right now just for Florida residents.

Ex-deputy in Parkland shooting out of jail on reduced bail

A former Florida deputy charged with 11 criminal counts after failing to confront the gunman in the Parkland school massacre was released from jail Thursday after a judge reduced his bail and lifted some restrictions.

Florida man charged with pouring ketchup on girlfriend

A Florida man is facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly pouring ketchup on his girlfriend while she slept.

  Police: Sarasota man behind bars after being found naked in a chicken coop in New York

A Sarasota man is in custody following a manhunt in New York that ended with him naked inside a chicken coop.

OnStar alerts cops to Florida baby trapped in hot car

A vehicle assistance company helped save a 1-year-old Florida girl after her mom passed out inside a hot car.

Florida veteran accused of placing explosive device at VA hospital

A federal criminal complaint says Mark Edward Allen made his initial appearance in court Tuesday and is being detained.

Florida newlyweds, weddings guests arrested for breaking into school

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's officials say the four wedding guests and the groom, 26-year-old Zachary Fuit are U.S. Marines. They were all charged with burglary, criminal mischief and theft.

  Florida deputy charged for inaction during Parkland shooting

The former Florida deputy who failed to confront a gunman during last year's Parkland school massacre was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to his actions, prosecutors announced.

  Florida Gov. DeSantis signs bill repealing blind trust law

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill repealing a law that let elected officials place their assets in a blind trust to avoid revealing if their investments created a conflict of interest.

  VIDEO: Florida man loses control of Ford Mustang, smashes through window of business

Police say just before 5pm Monday, Cesar Mendoza Tapia Jr. turned left onto Hinson Avenue when he lost control of his car, crashing through the south window of Rent King.

Florida thief takes blowtorch to ATM, welds it shut instead

Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials say video surveillance shows two male suspects entering the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island on Friday. One of the suspects was armed with a crow bar and appears to serve as the lookout as the other suspect took the blow torch to the ATM.

  Fl: “Are you the next star?”American Idol set to hold auditions in Tallahassee

If you think you’re the next star, you might have your chance in Tallahassee.

  VIDEO: Drone footage of a wildfire fire damaging a park in Englewood

A 20-acre brush fire started late Friday evening near Shadow Lane in Englewood. Then Sunday, another wildfire started in Ann Dever Regional Park next to San Casa Drive.

Florida lawmaker denounced for response to kill gays remark

Rep. Mike Hill had an exchange with constituents during a meeting at Pensacola City Hall in which one man said the Bible calls for a man having an affair with another man to be put to death.

Florida man accused of intentionally swerving at dog in roadway, hitting and killing it

Last Thursday, May 30, a woman returned to her home on Treadway Road west of New Smyrna Beach around 7pm to discover her dog Thomas dead alongside the roadway. The following morning, she reviewed a surveillance video captured from her neighbor's home.

Sheriff: Van runs stop sign, kills Florida deputy on bike

An off-duty Florida sheriff’s deputy was killed when a van that ran a stop sign and hit his bicycle as he headed out for a 35-mile (56-kilometer) bike ride.