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Trump budget plan calls for $250M for Florida Everglades

Feb. 18, 2020 4:04 PM EST

SOUTH BAY, Fla. (AP) — Out here in western Palm Beach County, Lake Okeechobee meets vestiges of theFlorida Everglades and, more significantly, a vast sugar growing area that encompasses hundreds of square miles. Over the years, the Everglades has shrunk into a corner of the state and the sugar region has...

Florida could extend time for NCAA on student-athlete pay

Feb. 17, 2020 5:34 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers sought to delay when college athletes can begin striking endorsement deals, and agreed to extend the game clock on Monday for the NCAA on its own to address the issue of compensation for the 450,000 student athletes under its purview. But the move did not slow the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, file photo, Tiffany Carr, executive director of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, left, speaks at a news conference held by Gov. Jeb Bush, background right, to announce a public awareness campaign designed to prevent disaster-related domestic violence, in Tallahassee, Fla. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered an investigation into a nonprofit domestic abuse agency whose CEO, Carr, had received $7.5 million in compensation over a three-year span. (AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)

Florida probes domestic violence agency that paid CEO $750K

Feb. 13, 2020 8:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday ordered an investigation into a nonprofit domestic abuse agency whose CEO had received $7.5 million in compensation over a three-year span. The House also voted to subpoena the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence's board of directors...

In this, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo a worker sorts through tomatoes after they are washed before being inspected and packed, in Florida City, Fla. A Florida bill mandating that private companies verify each new hire's eligibility to work in the U.S. is worrying farmers in the agriculture-rich state. The growers complain they are struggling to find farm workers as the unemployment rate reaches record lows. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Farmers worry Florida bill will worsen labor scarcity woes

Feb. 11, 2020 7:28 PM EST

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) — On a recent afternoon, many stools stood empty beside a conveyor belt where workers examined a stream of green tomatoes and tossed aside those with holes and cracks at a South Florida packing house. Paul J. DiMare, one of the country’s leading producers of fresh tomatoes,...

In this Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 photo made available by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Fla., Rebecca Fierle-Santoian is under arrest. Authorities say Fierle-Santoian filed a

Guardian for elderly arrested on abuse, neglect charges

Feb. 11, 2020 12:54 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former guardian for the elderly and incapacitated who was accused of filing "do not resuscitate" orders without her clients' permission has been arrested in Florida on felony charges. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said local authorities arrested Rebecca Fierle-Santoian in...

President Donald Trump holds hands with first lady Melania Trump as they take their seats after he spoke at the Governors' Ball, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump hosts governors, claims credit for their performance

Feb. 9, 2020 8:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed some of the credit Sunday as he congratulated America's governors for what he said is the “tremendous” yet sometimes difficult job they're doing leading their states. “Most of the states, almost everyone has set a record,” Trump...

In this booking photo provided by Miami Dade Dept. of Corrections, Rene Pedrosa, 48, is under arrest. Pedrosa, a former TV personality and aide to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, was arrested, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Miami. Pedrosa has been charged with groping a teenage boy at City Hall and then sending him a lewd photograph. It wasn't immediately clear if Pedrosa had a lawyer to speak for him. (Miami Dade Dept. of Corrections via AP)

Ex-aide to Miami mayor charged in underage sex case

Feb. 7, 2020 3:49 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A former aide to the mayor of Miami has been charged with groping a teenage boy at City Hall and then sending him a lewd photograph. Rene Pedrosa, 48, was charged Friday with battery and transmitting pornography to a minor, court records show. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer...

Sen. Kelly Stargel gives her closing statements after debate over her bill SB 404, requiring parental consent for abortion for minors, at the Florida Capitol Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The bill passed the Senate 23-17 along party lines.  (Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)

Abortion measure clears another key hurdle in Florida

Feb. 6, 2020 4:16 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Florida moved closer to enacting legislation to require parental consent before a minor can get an abortion, clearing a key hurdle Thursday in the state Legislature. After a civil but passionate hourlong debate, the Senate voted 23-17 along party lines to...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019 file photo, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., questions FBI Director Christopher Wray during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Scott injected himself into the 2020 presidential race, airing an ad in Iowa days ahead before the crucial caucus by attacking the Democratic-led impeachment trial against President Donald Trump and accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of corruption. The ad buy by Scott was not just a volley into the current race, but also further signaled his ambitions for 2024 .(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Florida senator's Iowa ad attacks former VP Joe Biden

Jan. 29, 2020 1:22 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sen. Rick Scott of Florida injected himself into the 2020 presidential race, airing an ad in Iowa days ahead of a crucial caucus by attacking the Democratic-led impeachment trial against President Donald Trump and accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of corruption. The ad buy...

In this undated photo made available by the Modell family, Ryan Modell, right, visits Paris with his father Sandy Modell. Sandy Modell is asking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to reopen the investigation into his son's 2016 shooting death during an altercation at Ryan Modell's Fort Myers, Fla., condominium complex. Local prosecutors declined to charge the shooter, Steve Taylor, citing the state's

Florida governor asked to reexamine 'stand your ground' case

Jan. 29, 2020 10:42 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — In a case involving Florida's controversial “stand your ground” law, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been asked to reinvestigate the fatal shooting of a drunken, unarmed man who mistakenly pounded on a wrong door in the middle of the night. A request to appoint a special...