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Florida governor asked for no storms in Western Wall prayer

Aug. 19, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor says when he visited the Western Wall in Israel in May he followed tradition by sticking a slip of paper with a written prayer in between crevices of the ancient structure. Gov. Ron DeSantis revealed Monday that his prayer said, "Good Lord, spare us hurricanes...

GOP Florida lawmakers delay immigration tour after El Paso

Aug. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Florida are postponing an immigration "listening tour," saying a charged atmosphere after the El Paso, Texas, shootings and the Mississippi immigration raids won't lead to a productive discussion. Republican Sen. Joe Gruters, who also chairs the Republican...

Florida governor asks high court to rule on felon voting

Aug. 9, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican governor on Friday asked the state's high court to rule on whether convicted felons must pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights restored in a move that competes with ongoing litigation in federal court on that same question. Gov. Ron DeSantis...

Target in Florida FBI corruption probe removed from office

Aug. 9, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A suspended city commissioner who once ran the Florida Democratic Party has been removed from office. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday removing Scott Maddox from his Tallahassee commission seat. Maddox pleaded guilty earlier this week to wire fraud, mail fraud and...

Critics protest move of Confederate statue to Florida county

Aug. 9, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) — Opponents of the relocation of a Confederate statue to a Florida county with a fraught racial past are protesting the decision to house the monument at a tax-supported historical museum at a time when cities around the U.S. have been removing Confederate monuments. Protesters on...

Florida doubles efforts to hunt invasive pythons

Aug. 7, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Standing in front of a hissing, squirming 12-foot-long python Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he's doubling resources to remove the invasive species that's destroying the natural food chain in Florida's delicate Everglades. The state has been paying select hunters to catch...

Florida official pleads guilty to corruption charges

Aug. 6, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A suspended city commissioner who once ran the Florida Democratic Party pleaded guilty to corruption charges on Tuesday, admitting he accepted money from Uber and undercover FBI agents in exchange for his influence. Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox and his longtime associate,...

Florida governor gives Epstein case to state law enforcement

Aug. 6, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor is asking state law enforcement officials to take over a criminal investigation of irregularities in the handling of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. At Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw's request, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday ordered the Florida...

Florida gets new state official to head climate change prep

Aug. 2, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A new Florida official has been appointed to coordinate a statewide response to climate change. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the appointment Thursday of Julia Nesheiwat as Florida's first chief resilience officer. Nesheiwat is expected to prepare Florida for environmental, physical...

Universal says doubling Orlando resort size with 4th park

Aug. 1, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando officials said Thursday that the resort is doubling in size with plans for an "epic" fourth theme park, but they offered almost no information on when the new park will open, what it will hold or how much they are spending. The secretive nature of the new park is...