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Suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, center, leaves a news conference surrounded by supporters Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him, over his handling of last February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
January 11, 2019 - 6:01 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Republican governor flew to Fort Lauderdale three days after taking office to remove the...
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In this undated image released by the State Library and Archives of Florida, Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall, far left, and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee, from left, in Florida. The three men along with a fourth were charged with rape in 1949. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and a Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, to Shepherd, Irvin, Charles Greenlee and Ernest Thomas, the four African-American men accused of raping a white woman in 1949 in a case now seen as a racial injustice. (State Library and Archives of Florida via AP)
January 11, 2019 - 4:02 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a dramatic, hourlong meeting that recalled events from nearly seven decades ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state's three-member Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Friday to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman in a 1949 case now seen as a...
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January 10, 2019 - 8:15 am
MIAMI (AP) — With the first of his three picks for the Florida Supreme Court, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday chose a female Cuban-American appellate judge to become the state's newest justice. Barbara Lagoa, for the past 12 years a judge on the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami, was...
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January 08, 2019 - 7:05 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — When Ron DeSantis becomes Florida's next governor, he will continue a two-decade tradition of Republican control that has emphasized tax cuts, the growth of school voucher programs, and a deep skepticism about expanding the state's health care safety net. But DeSantis, who...
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January 06, 2019 - 10:10 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was sworn in as Florida's new governor on Tuesday with promises to keep taxes low and to make education and the environment a priority. In a speech filled with naval references, the former Navy officer also promised to be tough on...
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December 29, 2018 - 9:22 am
(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- In an investigative report on the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year, a state commission pointed to several security failures at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left students and staff vulnerable. In the draft report, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas...
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December 20, 2018 - 6:38 am
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy fatally shot his wife, granddaughter and daughter before he radioed dispatchers to say he'd hurt his family early Wednesday, then killed himself in front of fellow deputies near a high school, authorities said. The events unfolded before students had...
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December 16, 2018 - 10:24 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Incoming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has named a state representative who is a member of the Army Reserves to be his veterans' affairs director. Republican state Rep. Danny Burgess became Saturday the third sitting legislator DeSantis has named to his administration. The 32-year-...
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December 03, 2018 - 7:04 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The fallout over Florida's turbulent recount is escalating after the state's outgoing Republican governor decided to oust a South Florida elections official. Gov. Rick Scott late Friday suspended embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes even though Snipes...
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Pinellas County Sheriff' Office
November 22, 2018 - 4:36 am
FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) — The sheriff leading the state commission investigating Florida's high school massacre says he now believes trained, volunteer teachers should have access to guns so they can stop shooters who get past other safeguards. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the...
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