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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...

Lawsuit accuses Florida of shortchanging teachers on bonuses

Jul. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Department of Education is being sued over allegations it shortchanged teachers when it paid bonuses awarded by the Legislature, costing the state's best educators hundreds of dollars each. The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Tallahassee alleges that the...

Researchers to look for more graves at Florida reform school

Jul. 14, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida Panhandle reform school known for horrific abuse, where the remains of 55 people were unearthed after the state shut its doors, might have more grisly mysteries underneath its grounds. University of South Florida forensic anthropologist Dr. Erin Kimmerle will be...

Local teen tasked with taming wild mustang in 100 days

Jul. 14, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

MONTICELLO, Fla. (AP) — Grace Paul, 15, didn't know what "wild" meant until she was standing in front of a young mustang from Wyoming. Grace is the eldest of seven children and lives on a 56-acre farm in Monticello. Apache, as she's named the gelding, is a 2-year-old brown and white horse — called...

Ex-Florida officer accused of rape gets 2 months for assault

Jul. 12, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida police officer accused of sexually assaulting a female driver during a traffic stop will spend two months in jail as part of a plea deal after two mistrials. The Tallahassee Democrat reports that 44-year-old Vincent Crump pleaded no contest Friday to aggravated...

Florida deputy accused of planting drugs in traffic stops

Jul. 10, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy in the Florida Panhandle was arrested Wednesday on charges that he routinely pulled over drivers for minor traffic infractions, planted drugs and then arrested them on made-up drug charges, including one victim who lost custody of his daughter because of...

Court rules against Florida officials on medical marijuana

Jul. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida appellate court ruled that the state's approach to regulating marijuana is unconstitutional, possibly allowing more providers to jump into a market positioned to become one of the country's most lucrative. If the ruling stands, it could force state officials to lift...

Groups sue Florida over early voting on college campuses

Jul. 9, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights advocates accused Florida officials of attempting to stifle turnout among young voters, contending in federal court that new elections rules could make it impossible to hold early voting on college campuses. An elections package signed into law last month by Gov. Ron...

Hurricane center says tropical depression likely in Gulf

Jul. 8, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Hurricane Center says a tropical depression is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. Forecasters in Miami said Monday that a trough of low pressure over central Georgia is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf where a broad area of low pressure will...

Florida teen dies after fall from golf cart

Jul. 2, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

MONTICELLO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida teen is dead after falling off the back of a golf cart. The Tallahassee Democrat reports that 16-year-old Levi Singleton was hospitalized Friday and later died. The Florida Highway Patrol says a 23-year-old man was driving the cart on a Monticello road when...