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Florida governor candidate Gillum releases some tax returns

Oct. 19, 2018 6:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum gave a closer look at his finances on Friday after he released two years' worth of tax returns that show that he and his wife earn more than $200,000 a year. Gillum, who shocked the political establishment with his Democratic...

Florida to bend voting rules in counties hit by hurricane

Oct. 18, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With tens of thousands throughout the region still without power, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday relaxed or waived voting rules for eight counties hammered by Hurricane Michael last week. Scott's order represents a delicate balancing act for the Republican governor since most...

Florida reporting 16 deaths after Michael, other states 10

Oct. 16, 2018 11:02 PM EDT

Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. Here are some of the circumstances under which people died: FLORIDA:...

Hurricane is blamed for 16 deaths in Florida alone

Oct. 16, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. The scope of the storm's fury became...

Florida Supreme Court: Next governor will pick new justices

Oct. 16, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's next governor and not incumbent Gov. Rick Scott will get to pick three new justices to the state Supreme Court, the court ruled Monday in a decision with major implications in this year's gubernatorial campaign. In a major rebuke to Scott, the Supreme Court concluded that...

The Latest: Trump hears from Georgia farmers on hurricane

Oct. 15, 2018 10:53 PM EDT

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to areas hit by Hurricane Michael (all times local): 6:30 p.m. President Donald Trump has heard from Georgia farmers whose crops were wiped out by Hurricane Michael. Trump on Monday visited a farm near Macon where...

Officials say a child is first to die in Florida flu season

Oct. 15, 2018 9:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials say a child is the first to die during this year's flu season. The Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology said in a report the unidentified child tested positive for influenza B and died between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6. The report did not say...

Trump marvels at hurricane damage, hears stories of struggle

Oct. 15, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Michael Rollins shook President Donald Trump's hand Monday at the front door of his hurricane-ravaged home in the Florida Panhandle, saying he decided to ride out the storm because he didn't have anywhere else to go. "I knew I had made my commitment to stay with my animals," Rollins...

The Latest: FEMA Chief: Florida damage among worst he's seen

Oct. 14, 2018 11:09 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on communities struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long is calling the damage left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen. Long toured several towns in Florida's...

4 days after storm, large swath of Panhandle suffering

Oct. 14, 2018 9:38 PM EDT

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Crews with backhoes and other heavy equipment scooped up splintered boards, broken glass, chunks of asphalt and other debris in hurricane-flattened Mexico Beach on Sunday as the mayor held out hope for the 250 or so residents who may have tried to ride out the storm. The death...