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November 20, 2017 - 7:48 am
MIAMI (AP) — Florida is still getting a record number of tourists even though the state was hit by a devastating hurricane. Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday at a Miami ice cream boutique that a record 88.2 million visitors came to the state during the first nine months of 2017. That represents a 3...
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November 08, 2017 - 7:47 am
STARKE, Fla. (AP) - A man convicted of killing two people in North Tampa is schedule to die by lethal injection tonight. Governor Rick Scott signed a death warrant in October for Patrick C. Hannon, setting the 52-year-old's execution at Florida State Prison in Starke for 6:00 p.m. Authorities say...
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September 14, 2017 - 7:38 am
HOLLYWOOD (ABC News) -- Eight people have died after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, police said. While the cause of death was not immediately clear, the facility, Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, evacuated all its residents to hospitals...
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September 12, 2017 - 8:17 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Irma’s devastating storm surge came with weird twists that scientists attribute to the storm’s girth, path and some geographic quirks. A combination of storm surge, heavy rains and swollen rivers sent some of the worst flooding into Jacksonville, Florida, even...
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August 24, 2017 - 5:58 pm
RAIFORD (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block the state’s first execution in 18 months, one that also marked the first use of the drug etomidate in a U.S. lethal injection. Mark Asay, 53, died by letal injection for two 1987 Jacksonville murders that prosecutors said were...
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August 01, 2017 - 3:36 pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Consumer confidence is rebounding in Florida. The monthly University of Florida consumer survey released Monday shows consumer confidence picked back up after two straight months of decline. The survey measured confidence in June at 96.4, which is 2.1 points higher than it...
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FWC
July 29, 2017 - 10:23 am
MIAMI (AP) – Florida’s governor wants to know if state law needs to be changed to better protect wildlife after a video of a shark being dragged behind a speeding boat went viral. Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Friday saying he wants to make...
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U.S. Marines
July 26, 2017 - 4:38 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Marine believed so strongly in the war against the Islamic State group that he secretly traveled to Syria, where he was killed this month while fighting for a Kurdish militia group. David Taylor, a 25-year-old former Florida resident, had kept his plans to join the...
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July 24, 2017 - 5:02 am
TALLAHASSEE (by Rick Flagg/FLA. NEWS NETWORK) -- The jobless rate in Florida dropped from 4.3 percent in May to 4.1 percent...the lowest since June 2007, when it was 4.0 percent. It's also lower than the national average. Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement in Las Vegas Friday morning. The...
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July 13, 2017 - 5:07 am
TALLAHASSEE (by Rick Flagg/FLA. NEWS NETWORK) -- Florida still has a serious problem with scammers who use skimmers to steal your credit card info at the gas pump or the ATM... and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says it's getting worse. "This year alone in the first seven months of this year...
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