Latest Florida state government News

Official: Base shooter watched shooting videos before attack

Dec. 7, 2019 11:46 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Saudi student who fatally shot three sailors at a U.S. naval base in Florida hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Saturday. Officials investigating the deadly attack...

Saudi student opens fire at Florida Naval base, killing 3

Dec. 6, 2019 9:29 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — An aviation student from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning, killing three people in an attack the Saudi government quickly condemned and that U.S. officials were investigating for possible links to terrorism. The assault,...

Florida Republican: 'We should hang’ treasonous Democrats

Dec. 4, 2019 5:43 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Local and national GOP leaders distanced themselves Wednesday from a Florida congressional candidate who sent a fundraising letter stating that “anti-American radical Democrats” should be hung for treason. George Buck, one of six Republican primary candidates for...

Democrats submit 18 would-be presidents for March 17 primary

Nov. 29, 2019 6:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrats in Florida have submitted 18 candidates for the March 17 presidential primary. The crowded field submitted to state elections officials ahead of Saturday’s deadline includes the most recent entries — former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former...

In Florida and elsewhere, GOP pressured over climate change

Nov. 27, 2019 12:34 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Since taking office in January, Florida’s Republican governor has appointed a science officer, established a climate change czar and pledged to spend billions of dollars to restore the Everglades and combat the pollutants that spawn blue-green algae and red tides. A top...

Trump lashes out against impeachment during Florida rally

Nov. 27, 2019 1:10 AM EST

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Prompting a profane chant. Describing his own speeches as “ranting and raving.” Advising the governor of Florida to not always wear a jacket so people know he’s not fat. Now a Florida man, President Donald Trump held what his campaign dubbed a “homecoming...

City truck smashes into a Florida state lawmaker’s office

Nov. 26, 2019 6:57 PM EST

FORT MEADE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida municipal worker appeared to be under the influence of drugs when he crashed a city truck into the office of a state lawmaker. The Ledger reports that the 21-year-old man was hospitalized after the crash Tuesday morning in Fort Meade. The Polk County...

Investigators want to know who offered baby for sale online

Nov. 26, 2019 1:05 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Law enforcement officers want to know who placed an ad on Craigslist purporting to sell a newborn baby for $500. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating to determine if the ad placed last week was a hoax. The ad said the baby is 2 weeks old, sleeps and doesn’t make...

Ex-Florida sheriff in school shooting sues over ouster

Nov. 24, 2019 10:43 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida sheriff ousted following the Parkland high school massacre is suing over his removal from office. Attorneys for ex-Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel say a federal lawsuit contends Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state Senate deprived him of due process and failed...

Parents, 4-year-old son killed in head-on crash in Florida

Nov. 18, 2019 12:00 PM EST

GAINESVILLLE, Fla. (AP) — A 4-year-old Georgia boy has died after a head-on crash on a Florida highway that also killed his parents. The Florida Highway Patrol said Monday that Christopher and Brittany Hesling and son Jack, of St. Marys, Georgia, have died from injuries sustained in the crash late Saturday...