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Florida governor, Cabinet begin trade mission in Israel

May. 25, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was on his way to Israel Saturday with a delegation of close to 100 people, a trip that will include a ceremonial meeting with the independently elected Cabinet. The agenda DeSantis' office released ahead of the trip was vague on details,...

New Florida law bans release of mass shooting recordings

May. 23, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that prohibits Florida's government agencies from releasing photos, video or audio that record the killing of a person in an act of mass violence. The new law was signed Thursday and takes effect immediately. The bill was written after last...

Far from border, US cities feel effect of migrant releases

May. 23, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A surge of asylum-seeking families has been straining cities along the southern U.S. border for months, but now the issue is flowing into cities far from Mexico, where immigrants are being housed in an airplane hangar and rodeo fairgrounds and local authorities are struggling to keep up with...

Florida governor signs ban on child-like sex dolls

May. 23, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Possessing, selling or displaying a child-like sex doll will be illegal in Florida under a bill signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis signed the measure Wednesday after it passed the Legislature unanimously earlier this month. The law takes effect Oct. 1. A legislative...

Serial killer who once terrorized Florida set for execution

May. 22, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Cindy Brown remembers when she decided to divorce Bobby Joe Long, the serial killer facing execution as a result of a murderous spree that claimed 10 women's lives and terrorized Florida's Tampa Bay area in 1984. The man who was her childhood sweetheart and the father of their two...

Florida governor orders election systems' security review

May. 22, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's governor is ordering election officials to review the cybersecurity of the state's election systems. The request comes more than a week after he was briefed that Russia hackers gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 presidential...

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...

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...

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...