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April 30, 2019 - 6:33 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Texting while driving in Florida would become a primary traffic offense punishable by fines under legislation given final passage by the Florida House. The vote was 108-7 Monday for the bill, which now goes to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature. Under current law, officers...
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April 30, 2019 - 6:25 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Floridians could eventually gain access to cheaper Canadian prescription drugs under a measure the state Legislature sent Monday to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who made it one of his top priorities. With minimal debate, the GOP-led House voted 93-20 and the Senate 27-13 in favor of the...
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April 25, 2019 - 7:20 am
MIAMI (AP) — Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum agreed Wednesday to pay a $5,000 fine to settle an ethics complaint that he violated civil law by accepting gifts from lobbyists, ending a lengthy investigation that hampered his campaign. The settlement was announced just as Gillum...
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April 22, 2019 - 8:07 am
MIAMI (AP) — Florida lawmakers are considering several measures to address the state's long documented election woes. Problems with ballot counting - from the controversial 2000 presidential election to the 2018 statewide election - prompted Spring Hill Republican Rep. Blaise Ingoglia and two House...
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April 18, 2019 - 6:41 am
ORLANDO (AP) — When it came to population growth last year, cities in central Florida grew by stadiums. Metro Orlando grew by 60,000 residents last year, almost as large as the number of people who can fit into the city's Camping World Stadium, where college football bowl teams face off each winter...
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April 17, 2019 - 6:23 am
CLEARWATER (AP) — A Florida jury on Tuesday found a man guilty of first-degree murder for dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge four years ago, despite arguments from his attorneys that he was insane and thought his actions would actually save her. He was automatically sentenced to life in...
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April 14, 2019 - 7:36 am
JACKSONVILLE BEACH (AP) — Police say they arrested a 16-year-old after they found him carrying two loaded handguns and a ski mask at a Florida Catholic school. The Florida Times-Union reports that employees of St. Paul's Catholic School spotted the teen acting abnormally on campus Friday and...
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April 04, 2019 - 11:37 am
WASHINGTON, DC (John Parkinson/ABC News) -- Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Panhandle Republican and one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest defenders on Capitol Hill, believes climate change is caused by humans and wants Congress to tackle the issue with “realistic solutions.” “Climate change is...
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April 04, 2019 - 5:57 am
TALLAHASSEE, (AP) — The Florida House on Thursday passed its $89.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins in July, setting the stage for negotiations to begin with the Senate on a final state spending plan. The vote was 105-8 for the Republican-crafted plan, with the handful of no votes...
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March 29, 2019 - 7:24 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Three major highways could be created in mostly rural areas of Florida under legislation approved by a House panel Thursday and also moving in the Senate. The House Appropriations transportation and tourism panel voted 9-3 for its bill, a top priority in the 60-day session of...
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