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March 08, 2018 - 12:17 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — All eyes are now on Republican Gov. Rick Scott to see if he'll sign the Florida legislature's narrowly approved response to last month's high school massacre of 17 people, a measure that isn't what he called for, falls short of what survivors demanded and challenges...
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March 07, 2018 - 3:36 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was formally charged Wednesday with 17 counts of first-degree murder, which could mean a death sentence if he is convicted. The indictment returned by a grand jury in Fort Lauderdale also charges the 19-year-old with 17...
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March 07, 2018 - 3:28 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators say they've have reached a deal on a new state budget. House Speaker Richard Corcoran made the brief announcement on Wednesday but didn't give any details on the deal, which was reached behind closed doors. This means lawmakers will have to extend their...
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March 07, 2018 - 7:21 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A proposal to arm some teachers and school employees proved particularly contentious Tuesday as Florida representatives debated amendments to a school safety bill. House members spent nearly three hours asking questions about the legislation, which would put some...
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March 05, 2018 - 10:36 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In response to a deadly Florida school shooting last month, the state's Senate narrowly passed a bill Monday that would create new restrictions on rifle sales and allow some teachers to carry guns in schools. The 20-18 vote came after three hours of often emotional debate...
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March 04, 2018 - 7:52 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate agreed to advance a bill that would increase school safety and restrict gun purchases during a rare weekend session that often turned into a debate on gun control and arming teachers in the aftermath of last month's Parkland school shootings. The Senate...
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March 03, 2018 - 8:39 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a rare move, the Florida Senate is going into session on a Saturday in order to move along a bill addressing school safety and gun regulations in the aftermath of the Parkland school shootings. The Senate will take up the wide-ranging bill for member questions before...
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February 28, 2018 - 11:57 am
TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- A Florida Senate committee has approved that chamber's version of the school safety bill. The bill was approved on a 13-7 vote Tuesday evening. Sen. Bill Galvano, who is designated to become the next Senate president and is ushering through the bill, said the earliest it will be...
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February 23, 2018 - 12:12 pm
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's governor is proposing a three-point plan to prevent gun violence that includes banning the sale of firearms to anyone younger than 21 in the wake of a mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Gov. Rick Scott announced the plan at a news conference...
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February 23, 2018 - 8:40 am
STARKE (AP) — As the execution drugs were being administered, inmate Eric Scott Branch let out a blood-curdling scream. Then he yelled "murderers! murderers! murderers!" as he thrashed on a gurney as he was being put to death for the 1993 rape and slaying of a college student. The drugs included a...
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