Latest Florida state government News

Tropical Storm Ian strengthens as it heads to Cuba, Florida

Sep. 25, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities and residents in Florida were keeping a cautious eye on Tropical Storm Ian as it rumbled through the Caribbean on Sunday, expected to continue gaining strength and become a major hurricane in the coming days on a forecast track toward the state. ...

Democrats in Florida seek to win over Latinos on gun control

Sep. 25, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Annette Taddeo walked to a podium overlooking Miami’s Biscayne Bay and described to her audience how she had fled terrorism as a teenager in Colombia and now feared for the safety of her 16-year-old daughter at an American public school. A blue and bright orange bus...

Florida emergency declared as Tropical Storm Ian strengthens

Sep. 25, 2022 05:11 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for all of Florida on Saturday as Tropical Storm Ian gained strength over the Caribbean and was forecast to become a major hurricane soon on a track toward the state. DeSantis had initially issued the...

Longtime Florida official Peter Antonacci dies at 74

Sep. 23, 2022 19:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Longtime Florida official Peter Antonacci, who was most recently tapped to run the state's new elections crime unit, died Friday. He was 74. The governor's office confirmed Antonacci's death in a statement but didn't mention a cause. “He...

Worker on front end loader hits, kills Florida deputy

Sep. 23, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy working an overnight shift providing safety in a construction zone was accidentally struck and killed by a worker operating a front end loader who is in the U.S. illegally, officials said Friday. Pinellas County Sheriff's...

Family: Man killed in crash never got air bag recall notice

Sep. 23, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — When Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrived at a crash scene in the Panhandle this summer, they found a 23-year-old Navy officer dead at the wheel with neck wounds that initially looked like a possible shooting. A trooper later messaged the U.S....

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 23, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Ad misleads on treaty regulating...

Florida highway covered in Coors Light beer after semi crash

Sep. 21, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida highway had to temporarily close Wednesday after a semitrailer carrying cases of Coors Light crashed and turned the roadway into a silver sea of beer cans. The multi-vehicle crash occurred shortly after 6 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate...

In suit, NY AG takes aim at Trump's boasts about wealth

Sep. 21, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's latest legal woes focus on allegations that he and his company chronically exaggerated the value of things he owned in order to obtain loans, lower his taxes or get deals done. New York Attorney General Leticia James asserted in a...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 21, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. September 19, 2022. Editorial: With hate on the rise, all of us need to unite against anti-Semitism, white supremacy, bigotry In July, anti-Semitic and anti-social justice posters were draped on the walls of a progressive church in Fort Lauderdale. In...