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Law stopping Florida felons from voting temporarily halted

Oct. 19, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

A federal judge issued a ruling Friday temporarily blocking a Republican-backed Florida law that barred some felons from voting because of their inability to pay fines and other legal debts. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle could pave the way for thousands of felons who were denied the right to...

Details emerge in accidental shooting in school cafeteria

Oct. 18, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Eleven young heads turned toward the explosive noise coming from the side of the school lunchroom. A young girl in jeans and white shoes moved her hands toward her ears. A cafeteria worker ducked behind the counter. White smoke lingered. It took everyone a moment to process the...

Florida to seek $633m in federal disaster prevention money

Oct. 17, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is developing a plan to tap into as much as $633 million in federal money to help prepare for future storms. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the Department of Economic Opportunity will coordinate the multi-agency effort to maximize what Florida can receive from...

Florida governor: Giuliani fixers were donors, nothing more

Oct. 16, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor acknowledged Wednesday that he knew two businessmen tied to President Donald Trump's lawyer and now facing criminal charges. But he said they were just donors to his campaign and "nothing more than that." Gov. Ron DeSantis was asked Wednesday at a news conference...

House Democrats weigh vote to authorize impeachment inquiry

Oct. 15, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent. Here's a...

Photos show Rudy Giuliani's fixers with Florida governor

Oct. 15, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida businessmen who are tied to President Donald Trump's lawyer and now face federal criminal charges were photographed with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photographs taken by a photographer on assignment for The Associated Press show Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman at DeSantis'...

Arrest of Giuliani associates ensnares 'Congressman 1'

Oct. 11, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Businessmen with ties to Rudy Giuliani lobbied a U.S. congressman in 2018 for help ousting the American ambassador to Ukraine around the same time they committed to raising money for the lawmaker. An indictment unsealed Thursday identified the lawmaker only as "Congressman 1." But the...

The Latest: Man connected to campaign scheme held in Calif.

Oct. 11, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the arrests of two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (all times local): 6:45 p.m. A federal judge in San Francisco has ordered Andrey Kukushkin held pending a bail hearing to determine whether he is considered a flight risk....

Florida governor to return $50K from Giuliani fixers

Oct. 10, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will return a $50,000 contribution he received from two South Florida businessmen now facing charges for allegedly helping President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani investigate political opponents in Ukraine. DeSantis spokeswoman Helen...

DeSantis pledges new help on Hurricane Michael anniversary

Oct. 10, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will ask the Legislature to dedicate $23 million in interest earned off the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement fund for Hurricane Michael recovery. DeSantis made his announcement in Panama City on the anniversary of Michael devastating the area...