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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference on in Tallahassee, Fla.  The state of Florida is asking a U.S. appellate court in Georgia to set aside an earlier judge's ruling that allowed some impoverished felons to regain access to the ballot box, despite owing fines and other legal debts.  The matter that will play out Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 before the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals is far from inconsequential because of the razor-thin margins that sometimes decide election contests in Florida, a perennial battleground state.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Appellate court weighs Florida law on felon voting rights

Jan. 28, 2020 7:16 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for the electoral battleground state of Florida are asking a U.S. appellate court to set aside a ruling that let some impoverished felons regain access to the ballot box, despite owing fines and other legal debts. Florida Republicans, led by Gov. Ron DeSantis, argue that...

Florida could use drones to fight pythons, invasive species

Jan. 27, 2020 5:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could turn to the sky to fight Burmese pythons on the ground under a bill a Senate committee unanimously approved Monday to allow two state agencies to use drones in the effort to eradicate invasive plants and animals. The bill would create an exception to a current law...

Florida administrator selected to lead Providence schools

Jan. 25, 2020 3:01 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A top administrator at a large school district in Florida has been selected to lead Providence, Rhode Island's troubled public school system, a state education official confirmed. Harrison Peters, listed as chief of schools-administration for the Hillsborough County Public Schools,...

Venezuelan exile Dr. Rafael Gottenger, President Of Venezuelan American Medical Association, speaks during a news conference after a roundtable discussion with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and others, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Miami. At rear is Venezuelan exile Milagros Mendez. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Pompeo talks Nicaragua after Florida Senate condemns Ortega

Jan. 23, 2020 3:25 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Latin American affairs with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday, the day after the state Senate unanimously voted to condemn Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. DeSantis and Pompeo hosted a roundtable discussion with prominent members...

Florida creates task force on sea-level rise

Jan. 21, 2020 7:14 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After years of mostly ignoring climate change, Florida lawmakers waded deeper into the matter on Tuesday , advancing a proposal that would create a statewide Office of Resiliency and establish a task force to begin looking into how best to protect the state's 1350 miles (2,173...

FILE - In this June 19, 2019 file photo, a postal worker returns to their truck parked on a flooded street in Miami caused by high tides. Flooding due to climate change-related sea level rising, the erosion of natural barriers and long-periods of rain pose substantial economic risks to Florida, particularly its real estate value, according to two new reports released last week. (AP Photo/Ellis Rua, File)

Reports: Flooding risks could devalue Florida real estate

Jan. 21, 2020 4:52 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Flooding due to climate change-related sea level rising, the erosion of natural barriers and long-periods of rain pose substantial economic risks to Florida, particularly to the value of South Florida real estate, according to two new reports released last week. For years, Florida lawmakers...

School shooting victim's dad named to Florida school board

Jan. 21, 2020 3:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The father of a student slain in Florida's 2018 high school massacre is being appointed to the state Board of Education. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that he has appointed Ryan Petty to the board that oversees education policy in the state. Petty's 14-year-old daughter...

FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, then Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions. in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Who's who on Trump's legal team for impeachment trial

Jan. 18, 2020 12:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal advocates for his Senate impeachment trial will include a pair of well-known attorneys who have vigorously defended Trump on television and played roles in some of the most consequential legal dramas in recent history. Among those assisting White...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla.  The 60-day Florida legislative session that begins Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020,  will have lawmakers considering everything from coconut patties to a state budget expected to exceed $90 billion. Lawmakers are also expected to address abortion rights, private gun sales and environmental issues such as the rise in sea level. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Florida high court sides with governor on felon voter rights

Jan. 16, 2020 5:17 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court sided with Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday in a legal dispute over restoring voting rights to felons with unpaid fines — one of many clashes over the ballot box in a state that will play a crucial role in this year's presidential election. The court's...

Rep. Tommy Gregory, holds a book of laws that includes antiquated statutes regulating the telegraph industry at his office Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Tallahassee, Fla. Gregory wants lawmakers to repeal these laws that do not apply to today's telecommunication industry. A state House committee on Wednesday agreed unanimously to repeal Chapter 363 of the Florida Statute in its entirety. (AP Photo/Bobby Calvan)

News flash from Florida legislators: Telegraph era is over

Jan. 15, 2020 6:32 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are transmitting a news bulletin: The telegraph era is over. Before there was instant messaging, emails and even corded telephones, there was the reliable telegraph to instantaneously transmit messages far and wide. Now, people turn to the internet, text...