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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...

Florida hires first mental health coordinator for disasters

Oct. 16, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida's emergency management agency has hired a mental health expert to coordinate services after catastrophes. Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis on Wednesday said that Darcy Abbott has been hired as Florida's first mental health coordinator for disaster recovery. In the role,...

Florida's attorney general launching vaping investigation

Oct. 16, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida's attorney general announced Wednesday that she will investigate more than 20 vaping companies that sell the products in the state, saying there's a growing epidemic of teens using the e-cigarettes. In a news conference at a Tampa high school, Moody said the investigation will...

Panel: Florida should tighten school shooter drills

Oct. 15, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's public schools should have realistic active-shooter drills and any armed school employees must be trained by a sheriff's office and not a private company, the commission investigating last year's high school massacre recommended Tuesday to the Legislature. The Marjory...

Florida Republicans pick egg farmer to lead state Senate

Oct. 15, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans have selected a 53-year-old egg farmer to be next in line to lead them in the state Senate. Sen. Wilton Simpson will assume leadership of the legislative body after its current president, Sen. Bill Galvano, steps down next year. Simpson was officially designated...

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'...

Florida considers forcing collection of tax on online sales

Oct. 15, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Online sellers would have to automatically collect sales tax from Floridians and submit it to the state under a bill moving in the Florida Senate. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously approved the bill Tuesday. Republican Sen. Joe Gruters said Florida consumers are...

Florida lawmakers want to abolish constitution commission

Oct. 14, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers want to ask voters to abolish a commission that meets every 20 years to propose changes to the constitution. The Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee voted unanimously Monday for a measure that would ask 2020 voters to get rid of the...

7-yr-old Florida girls injured in swamp buggy crash

Oct. 14, 2019 3:50 AM EDT

CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) — A 7-year-old Florida girl has been critically injured after she was thrown from a swamp buggy and run over by its tire. The Florida Highway Patrol says 33-year-old Shawn Newton was driving the swamp buggy with several passengers through the woods in Clewiston on Saturday when they...

State agents fatally shoot man while serving search warrant

Oct. 13, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — State law enforcement officers have fatally shot a man during a drug search at a Florida home. A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement says the agency's special operations team was serving a warrant at a home in North Port on Friday night when a suspect...