Latest Florida state government News

Questions raised over Florida Cabinet meeting in Israel

May. 21, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is going to Israel with a large contingent of business leaders — not surprisingly, especially as the GOP woos Jewish voters ahead of the 2020 presidential election. But DeSantis' plan to hold a meeting with his elected Cabinet while he's...

North Carolina stops Florida lender from operating in state

May. 21, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general has been granted a temporary restraining order to prevent a Florida-based payday lender from doing business in the state. A news release from Attorney General Josh Stein's office on Tuesday says a Superior Court judge granted his request to stop...

Former FSU President Sandy D'Alemberte dies at 85

May. 21, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte, a former president of Florida State University and state lawmaker who left a large imprint on Florida's higher education and criminal justice systems, has died. He was 85. Florida State President John Thrasher said in a statement that D'Alemberte died...

Florida driver flees crash, leaves dead passenger behind

May. 20, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol has arrested a 26-year-old man who they say fled the scene of a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman who was a passenger in his car. Spokeswoman Kim Montes said in a news release Monday that Kabir Richard Ramnarine was arrested late Sunday at a motel in...

Trump denies plans to fly migrants from border to Florida

May. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday denied reports that hundreds of migrants would be flown from the Mexican border to Florida and other areas in the U.S. interior to lessen the workload at crowded Border Patrol facilities. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, also on Sunday,...

DeSantis signs bill for 3 major Florida toll highways

May. 17, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will begin planning three new major toll highways through mostly rural areas under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday over the objections of environmentalists who have otherwise praised him since taking office. The roads would take traffic off heavily...

Gov. DeSantis: 'Dumping' migrants in Florida is unacceptable

May. 17, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor plans to fight any federal plans to fly hundreds of immigrants weekly from the Mexican border to South Florida, saying Friday he'll take his case to President Donald Trump. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis made his remarks a day after being caught off guard when...

New Florida law makes texting while driving primary offense

May. 17, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will become one of the last states to make texting while driving a primary traffic offense under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. The new law will also ban the use of any handheld wireless communications devices in school and construction zones....

Correction: Russia Probe-Florida Voting story

May. 17, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 16 about Russian hacking of voter databases in Florida, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy. She said the public needs to know which counties in Florida were hacked, not which countries. A corrected version of the story is below: Florida...

Florida firefighter accused of human trafficking

May. 17, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

EAST LAKE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a lieutenant for a Florida fire department has been arrested on charges of human trafficking and child sex crimes. Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials arrested 39-year-old Matthew Doyle on Thursday. The Tampa Bay Times reports East Lake Fire Chief Tom...