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Florida Democrats complain of Trump 'ballot bias' in 2020

Jul. 16, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Still reeling from a string of high-profile razor-thin election losses in Florida, national Democrats are asking a federal judge to discard a longstanding state law that reserves the top slot of next year's presidential ballot for the party of the state's governor. Assuming he...

Florida sued over sanctuary policy ban

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM 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. Activists representing farmworkers, Haitian immigrants, and asylum seekers warned...

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 couple's front-yard garden legal after 6-year battle

Jul. 2, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (AP) — A Miami-area couple whose front-yard vegetable garden prompted a 6-year legal battle with their village has held a ceremonial replanting of veggies under a new Florida law legalizing such gardens statewide. Sixty-three-year-old Hermine Ricketts and her 60-year-old husband Tom...

Sheriff's office loses accreditation after Parkland shooting

Jul. 1, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's largest sheriff's office has lost its law enforcement accreditation after criticism over its handling of fatal shootings at a high school and airport. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation voted 13-0 last week not to renew the Broward Sheriff's...

Sheriff removed after Parkland shooting running for old job

Jul. 1, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida sheriff who was removed by the governor from his elected office after a school shooting that left 17 people dead is running for his old job in 2020. Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel filed paperwork Monday stating his intention to run in the August 2020...

US duty free magnates fund controversial Israeli settlements

Jul. 1, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — When travelers shop at dozens of duty free stores at airports worldwide, they may be paying for more than a bottle of vodka or a box of chocolates. The Falic family of Florida, owners of the ubiquitous chain of Duty Free Americas shops, funds a generous and sometimes controversial...

Florida governor signs felon voting bill

Jun. 28, 2019 9:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida felons will have to pay court-ordered financial obligations if they want their voting rights restored under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. During the spring legislative session, Democrats argued that forcing felons who've completed their prison sentences and...

Report: 174 dolphins died from red tide bloom off Florida

Jun. 28, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Scores of dolphins have died along Florida's southwest coast due to the red tide bloom in the past year, federal researchers said. Figures released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed 174 dolphins were stranded in a mass die-off between last July and last...

New Florida law authorizes statewide needle exchanges

Jun. 27, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Jose Garcia carried a drawstring backpack full of used syringes as he walked into the converted shipping container that serves as the base for Florida's only hypodermic needle exchange program. The 57-year-old carefully counted as he dropped 115 syringes one-by-one into a locked biohazard bin...