Latest Florida state government News

Gov. DeSantis book 'The Courage to Be Free' coming Feb. 28

Nov. 30, 2022 13:25 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The long-rumored memoir-policy book by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is coming out next year. The HarperCollins imprint Broadside will release “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival" on Feb. 28. Wednesday's announcement comes in the...

Prosecutor suspended by DeSantis testifies as lawsuit begins

Nov. 29, 2022 16:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prosecutor suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis opened his federal civil trial against the governor Tuesday with testimony that alleged his removal was based on his personal political positions on abortion and transgender rights. Andrew Warren, a...

Florida state report shows toxic algae levels

Nov. 26, 2022 03:12 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Scientists are saying a red tide bloom that’s lingered along the coast for a few weeks is now being fed by nutrients running off the landscape in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Red tide (Karenia brevis) is a naturally occurring organism in the Gulf of Mexico...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Nov. 23, 2022 07:12 AM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. November 22, 2022. Editorial: On migrant flights, what is DeSantis hiding? You can see why Gov. DeSantis wants to prevent Floridians from learning more about the flights that took migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. ...

Florida Legislature crowns new GOP leaders in House, Senate

Nov. 22, 2022 17:17 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature crowned the new Republican leaders of the House and Senate on Tuesday, as the GOP supermajority in the statehouse appears poised to deliver on the conservative agenda of Gov. Ron DeSantis. Lawmakers met in Tallahassee to formally...

Police activity shuts down busy interstate outside Tampa

Nov. 20, 2022 13:57 PM EST

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — A major highway connecting Florida almost from gulf to ocean was partially shut down outside of Tampa on Sunday because of law enforcement activity. The Florida Highway Patrol said in a statement that westbound lanes of Interstate 4 were shut down for two...

Legislation causes confusion among school officials

Nov. 19, 2022 03:11 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Alachua County school district is in the midst of reviewing its LGBTQ critical support guide to fall in line with new state regulations that took effect last month. The move comes after the Florida State Board of Education unanimously approved a new...

Durugordon scores 15 as Austin Peay tops South Florida 62-60

Nov. 17, 2022 23:38 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Sean Durugordon's 15 points off of the bench helped lead Austin Peay to a 62-60 victory against South Florida on Thursday night. Durugordon added six rebounds for the Governors (2-2). Caleb Stone-Carrawell shot 4 for 8 (1 for 3 from 3-point range) and 3 of 3 from...

Judge blocks DeSantis law on barring 'woke' education

Nov. 17, 2022 16:46 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Florida on Thursday blocked a law pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that restricts certain race-based conversations and analysis in colleges. Tallahassee U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued a temporary injunction against the so-called...

Leading Republicans try to ignore Trump campaign launch

Nov. 16, 2022 18:44 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Leading Republican officials on Wednesday sought to ignore Donald Trump's formal step into the 2024 presidential contest, insisting there were more pressing priorities as GOP leaders grappled with the fallout of a major midterm disappointment. Florida Gov....