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Florida to join electronic voter information network

Elections officials say the network known as the Electronic Registration Information Center could help local election officials more easily verify registration records and detect any duplicate registrations.

Sheriff: Fearing for mom’s life, 11-year-old boy stabs uncle

  WATCH: Florida deputies confront mother, teen over school threat

  Disease called 'lethal bronzing’ is killing Florida palm trees

New report says Hepatitis A cases are continuing to increase in Florida

FBI: Truck driver from Charlotte County threatened mass shooting at Memphis church

Florida governor asked for no storms in Western Wall prayer

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  School security concerns in South Florida after bomb threats

  Dog contracts deadly fungus after swimming in lake

  Congressman Buchanan proposing bill to punish ‘cop killers’

Florida added almost 23,000 jobs in July

Florida leaders move to condemn white nationalism

Florida woman who pulled alligator out of pants during traffic stop gets probation

Raccoon freed after being trapped in vending machine at Florida high school

Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Gant says a deputy stationed at Pine Ridge High School was notified of the trapped raccoon Wednesday and called animal control for assistance. A vending machine operator was also contacted to unlock the door.

Suspect captured after shooting at business center in Charlotte County

The sheriff’s office says around 2:15am, they were called to Emerald City at 1225 Tamiami Trail for a shooting that left one victim injured. The victim is currently in stable condition.

  Police force welcomes son of officer who passed away last year

Last September, West Palm Beach Police Sgt. Bill Nealy died of cancer and one of his last requests of his brothers in blue was for them to escort his son, Jake, to his first day of kindergarten.

  Florida Bar finds no violation in Gaetz tweet about Cohen

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a tweet landed him in hot water last year.

Tampa International Airport announces delays and cancellations due to inclement weather

  State leaders meeting to ensure tightened school safety across Florida

  USF increasing student safety with new app

Child hit by car in Charlotte County while riding bicycle

  Commission to hold meeting on conservation goals for utilities

1-year-old overdoses on fentanyl, deputies arrest Florida caretaker

Deputies: Florida man accused of stalking sent woman 10,000 texts

Investigators say a Florida man sent a woman 10,000 text messages over 12 days.

Sheriff: Florida mom mad over rezoning threatens to shoot up school

Investigators say a Florida mother was so upset that her children were rezoned to a new school that she threatened to shoot up the new school just as the new academic year is beginning.

Joe Gruters: GOP Florida lawmakers delay immigration tour after El Paso

Republican Florida lawmakers are postponing an immigration "listening tour," saying a charged atmosphere after the El Paso, Texas, shootings and the Mississippi immigration raids won't lead to a productive discussion.

  Senator Scott sends letter to FBI demanding answers on mass shooting

Senator Scott wants to know what steps the FBI has taken to identify and hold accountable those responsible for the failures in the agency that led to horrific shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the Pulse Nightclub.

  ‘Campus Carry’ proposal filed for 2020

A long-debated proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapon licenses to carry handguns on Florida college campuses has been filed.

Some Florida lawmakers late in disclosing their finances

Florida’s Democratic lawmakers are proving to be much worse than their Republican colleagues in complying with a state law that requires they disclose their finances.

Rapper Mystikal falls off stage during Tampa show

Michael "Mystikal" Tyler, a rapper and actor from New Orleans, was about to perform his first set at the Ritz Ybor, in Tampa, on Thursday night when he slipped and fell.

  Mental health resources being provided for Panhandle students

Students in the Panhandle will get special attention from medical professionals this school year.

Florida governor asks high court to rule on felon voting

Florida’s Republican governor on Friday asked the state’s high court to rule on whether convicted felons must pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights restored in a move that competes with ongoing litigation in federal court on that same question.

  Florida firefighters save a pit bull’s life

A pit bull is lucky to be alive thanks to the help from a South Florida Rescue team.

  Police searching for two men responsible for punching a Florida gas station clerk

Florida Police released surveillance video of two men tearing apart a gas station and one of them attacking the clerk.

4 suspects charged in theft of 40,000 oysters in Florida

Florida wildlife officials say four people, including a mother and son, are facing charges for the theft of 40,000 oysters from a lease belonging to a commercial fishing company.

7 people charged for credit card information theft throughout numerous Florida locations

Four people were arrested and three others are wanted via warrant by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for stealing credit card information throughout the state and around the nation.

2 workers injured in gas explosion at Buccaneers stadium in Tampa

Two workers were injured when a gas line ignited Thursday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

  FEMA wants reimbursement payment from Charlotte County

Charlotte County may have to return millions of dollars to FEMA.

  Gov. DeSantis: Partisan politics not productive to gun-safety dialogue

Gov. Ron DeSantis says it’s not productive to any gun-safety dialogue to focus on partisan politics, as democrats continue to criticize President Trump after two mass shootings over the weekend.

Florida to double up efforts to hunt down pythons

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state is expanding its efforts to eradicate invasive pythons in the Everglades and is working with the federal government to get snake hunters to remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve.

  VIRAL: ‘No more pooping while it’s storming outside’ after a Florida woman says her toilet exploded from lightning

A Florida woman says lightning destroyed her septic tank and caused a toilet in her house to explode.

Florida official pleads guilty to corruption charges

A suspended city commissioner who once ran the Florida Democratic Party pleaded guilty to corruption charges on Tuesday, admitting he accepted money from Uber and undercover FBI agents in exchange for his influence.

Multi-car crash on I-75 leaves one dead, seven injured in Hillsborough County

Monday around 2:30 p.m., troopers say on I-75 South, north of I-4, traffic was moving slowly when a dump truck driven by 74-year-old Daniel Ragan of Spring Hill, Fla. collided with a second and third vehicle before overturning on a fourth, leading to a chain reaction crash involving 5 other vehicles

Florida Senate Pres. Galvano of Bradenton wants more action to stop mass shootings

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano wants legislators to take a deep look into the issue. Florida was once the epicenter of the debate over guns in the wake of shootings at a Parkland high school and an Orlando nightclub.

Judge sentences Florida man who sent pipe bombs to prominent Democrats to 20 years

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff sentenced Cesar Sayoc after he pleaded guilty to explosives charges for mailing 16 pipe bombs days before the midterm elections last fall.

  Man charged with threatening massacre at Walmart in Hillsborough County

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested 31-year-old Wayne Lee Padgett of Valrico late Sunday. He is charged with calling the Walmart Supercenter in Gibsonton, Florida, on Sunday afternoon and telling managers he planned to shoot up the store. About 1,000 people inside were evacuated.

Florida senator files bill to outlaw declawing most cats

A Florida state senator has filed legislation that would outlaw declawing of cats except under certain circumstances.

  Colorful new lights coming to the Skyway Bridge

Tampa Bay stands to get a little brighter in about a month.

  Tesla facing another lawsuit for deadly crash caused by autopilot system

Tesla is facing another wrongful death lawsuit because of a crash caused by their autopilot system in West Palm Beach.

  Gov. DeSantis reforms Red Tide Task Force to battle outbreaks

After the last red tide outbreak that hurt Florida’s economy, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday the reforming of the Red Tide Task Force to work to prevent another outbreak.

  Florida officials declare Hepatitis A emergency

New outlets report that Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared the emergency Thursday to alert the public about the seriousness of the illness and to allow greater testing and treatment.

  VIDEO: Two pilot whales released after being rescued

Two whales rescued after becoming stranded earlier this week on Redington Beach in Pinellas County were released back into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.

Fight against Florida abortion waiting period suffers a blow

In a 2-1 ruling, the 1st District Court of Appeal sent the lawsuit back to the circuit court, saying the state has built evidence that supports the constitutionality of the law. The law is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a Gainesville abortion clinic.

Florida teen tired of sharing name with accused killer Nikolas Cruz

The mother of Nikolas Marciel Cruz told the South Florida Sun Sentinel her 18-year-old son got tired of being confused with Nikolas Jacob Cruz, the 20-year-old accused of killing 17 people.

6 things you can do to lower the risk of being bitten by a shark

Sharks: one of the ocean’s fiercest predators. As beaches grow more and more crowded, humans are having more interactions with sharks.

What should Florida do about immigration? Here’s your chance to speak to state lawmakers

State Senator Joe Gruters and Representative Cord Byrd announced Thursday that they'll be embarking on a listening tour across seven cities in three days.

Universal Studios Orlando announces ‘Epic’ new theme park

Universal announces expansion in latest Orlando park wars.

  Bond set at $1 million for former Florida Deputy

A million dollar bond is set for a former Florida Deputy accused of falsifying drug arrests and putting people in jail for months who didn’t belong behind bars.

  Five pilot whales recovering after beaching themselves on Monday

There are new details about the five pilot whales that beached themselves along a Pinellas County beach on Monday.

  New red tide warning system unveiled

After last year’s red tide outbreak, researchers continue to look for better solutions to monitor and report the algae bloom.

  Bill being proposed to eliminate marijuana testing in states where the drug is legal

A Florida Congressman is leading a battle to eliminate marijuana testing in states where the drug is legal.

Wildlife officials: Black bear kills dog in back yard

Wildlife officials are warning residents in a Florida Panhandle community to keep an eye on their pets after a black bear killed a pet dog. The Pensacola News Journal reports the incident happened Sunday night in a backyard in Gulf Breeze.

Florida man gets 10 years for knowingly spreading HIV

A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for knowingly spreading HIV.

Police: Drunken Florida man shoots his dog, cries to police

Police in Florida say a man shot his dog while he was intoxicated.

  Search has began for Florida’s third Top Financial Regulator

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet have formally started the search for the state’s third top financial regulator in little more than a year.

  New law scuttles ballot signature fight

Nearly a month after Gov. DeSantis signed a new elections law, a federal judge has dismissed a long-running legal battle about the handling mismatched ballot signatures.

  2 TSA officers suspended over offensive display in Miami

After an investigation by TSA, two agents based out of the Miami International Airport have been placed on leave.

  Primary elections proposal goes to Florida Supreme Court

A proposed Constitutional amendment that would revamp Florida’s primary-elections process has been formally sent to the state Supreme Court for review.

Florida man accused of threatening President Trump

A Florida man accused of trying to slash a Walmart employee with scissors now faces federal charges after allegedly threatening President Donald Trump while he was being arrested.

55-year-old woman found dead outside Charlotte County Jail

One person was found dead outside a waiting area of the Charlotte County Jail Tuesday morning.

  Report: Boy dies after falling 9 stories at Florida condo

A 3-year-old boy is dead after falling from a balcony while on vacation in panama beach.

  Manatee School District Ranks 173 on Forbes List of Best Employers

The Manatee County School District ranking high on a list of best in state employers.

  Toddler found dead in van outside Florida day care

Officials say a 2-year-old child has been found dead inside a van outside a Florida day care.

Some felons unable to pay fines, fees to vote in Miami-Dade

Officials in Florida’s largest county want to help convicted felons regain voting rights more quickly by setting aside some financial penalties.

  Teen bitten by shark while surfing at Florida beach

Authorities say a teen was bitten by a shark while surfing at a Florida beach.

Record summer shaping up for Orlando International Airport

More than 4.3 million passengers went through Orlando International Airport in May, launching what is shaping up to be a record-breaking summer for Florida’s busiest airport.

  Dangerous mosquito-borne virus detected in Florida, raising some concerns on the Suncoast

Mosquito-borne virus detected in Florida.

  Florida AG seeks to block assault weapons ban ballot drive

Florida's attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to disqualify a proposed ballot measure seeking to ban assault weapons.

Estimates: Florida growing to 22 million residents by 2022

State demographers estimate Florida's population will surpass 22 million residents as soon as 2022.

Florida trooper charged with having sex with underage girl

Authorities in Florida say a Florida Highway Patrol trooper is facing charges he had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

  Stranded pilot whales saved from shallow Florida shoreline

Five distressed whales appear to have beached themselves in Pinellas County.