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May 18, 2019 - 8:47 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida will become one of the last states to make texting while driving a primary traffic offense under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. The new law will also ban the use of any handheld wireless communications devices in school and construction zones...
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May 18, 2019 - 8:42 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida will begin planning three new major toll highways through mostly rural areas under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday over the objections of environmentalists who have otherwise praised him since taking office. The roads would take traffic off heavily...
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May 15, 2019 - 10:07 pm
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Floridians will save on back-to-school and hurricane supplies under sales tax holidays Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law. DeSantis signed the bill Wednesday at the annual governor's hurricane conference. The sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies will run from May 31...
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May 14, 2019 - 7:18 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — More Florida counties must provide election materials and ballots in Spanish, a federal judge has ruled. An order Friday from U.S. District Judge Mark Walker expanded a temporary injunction that he had granted ahead of last fall's elections. Under Walker's latest order,...
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May 12, 2019 - 9:06 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has vetoed a bill that would have prevented Florida's local governments from banning plastic straws. DeSantis rejected the environmental regulation bill Friday, his first veto since taking office earlier this year. The legislation originally...
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May 09, 2019 - 7:08 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More Florida teachers will be eligible to carry guns in the classroom under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Wednesday that immediately implements recommendations from a commission formed after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland. DeSantis signed the bill...
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President Trump speaks at a rally in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 09, 2019 - 7:00 am
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump promised a swift infusion of federal aid to the Florida Panhandle seven months after devastating Hurricane Michael as he rallied supporters Wednesday for his re-election. Trump addressed a crowd of thousands at an outdoor amphitheater, looking...
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President Trump 2018 campaign rally in Panama City; Hurricane Michael cleanup
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May 08, 2019 - 6:03 am
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Residents in parts of the Florida Panhandle devastated by Hurricane Michael seven months ago hope President Donald Trump gets a glimpse of the continued suffering in the region when he arrives for a campaign rally Wednesday. Trump is coming to Panama City Beach for a re-...
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May 08, 2019 - 5:36 am
JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Crash investigators say they've recovered the cockpit voice recorder from a chartered jet that ran off a runway and into a river at a Florida military base. The National Transportation Safety Board posted Tuesday on Twitter about finding the recorder for the Boeing 737 that...
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May 02, 2019 - 7:23 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is on the fast track to building three new major toll highways in mostly rural areas under a bill sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis by the state House on Wednesday despite concerns over their potential negative impact on the environment. The bill, passed on a 76-36 vote,...
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