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Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban

Jul. 16, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The city of South Miami and a coalition of immigrant advocates sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday over a new law that forces local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The lawsuit filed by lawyers with the Southern Poverty Law Center says the new law...

Florida CFO wants bank regulator fired because of complaints

Jul. 11, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's chief financial officer is asking the governor and Cabinet to fire the state's top banking regulator. Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis on Thursday requested Gov. Ron DeSantis and the independently elected Cabinet vote on the removal of Office of Financial Regulation...

Florida city plans to sue over sanctuary policy ban

Jul. 11, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The city of South Miami plans to sue Florida over a new law that bans local governments from enacting "sanctuary" policies. The mayor and city commissioners voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday to join legal action being prepared by the Southern Poverty Law Center....

Groups sue Florida over early voting on college campuses

Jul. 9, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights advocates accused Florida officials of attempting to stifle turnout among young voters, contending in federal court that new elections rules could make it impossible to hold early voting on college campuses. An elections package signed into law last month by Gov. Ron...

Airline starts seasonal flights between Orlando and Israel

Jul. 9, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Direct flights between Israel and Florida's busiest airport are starting next week. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other officials on Tuesday announced the kickoff of the weekly, seasonal flights on El Al Airlines from Orlando International Airport to Israel. It will be the second...

Hurricane center says tropical depression likely in Gulf

Jul. 8, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Hurricane Center says a tropical depression is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. Forecasters in Miami said Monday that a trough of low pressure over central Georgia is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf where a broad area of low pressure will...

Springs advocates say state funds aren't being well-spent

Jul. 6, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — "It doesn't begin to meet the actual needs of springs restoration," said Ryan Smart, Florida Springs Council executive director. "When you look at some of the other priorities funded by the legislature, springs and North Florida issues — as usual — get short shrift."...

Voting rights group raising money to pay felons' fees

Jul. 2, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Advocates who successfully campaigned for a referendum restoring voting rights to Florida's felons have launched a fund to help pay outstanding fees and fines that could prevent former convicts from voting. Leaders of a voting rights group, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition,...

Florida tourism: Nearly closed visitor center to remain open

Jul. 2, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CAMPBELLTON, Fla. (AP) — A highway visitor center that nearly closed its doors after the Florida Legislature voted to defund the state's tourism agency has received a lifeline. The Northwest Florida Tourism Council announced Monday that it has partnered with other regional stakeholders to assume operations...

Florida Gov. DeSantis lists net worth of $284,605

Jul. 2, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is no Rick Scott when it comes to wealth. DeSantis ended 2018 with a net worth of $283,604.52, far below that of predecessor Scott, who listed his wealth as about $232 million last year. DeSantis took office in January and Scott is now a U.S. senator. A...