Latest Florida News

Halter helps Florida oust South Carolina 2-1 in SEC tourney

May. 24, 2022 23:31 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Colby Halter drove in Ty Evans with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning and No. 7 seed Florida rallied last in a 2-1 victory over 10th-seeded South Carolina in the single-elimination portion of the SEC Tournament on Tuesday night. Florida (36-20)...

Three Rays homers back McClanahan in 4-0 win over Marlins

May. 24, 2022 22:32 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier hit Pablo López's first pitch for an inside-the-park home run and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Tuesday night. Harold Ramirez and Ji-Man Choi also homered off López, who had given up only two home runs in eight...

Officials: Florida panther killed

May. 24, 2022 20:36 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther has died. It’s the 17th panther death recorded this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The cause of death wasn't immediately known. The remains of the 5-month-old female...

Florida Senate passes property insurance package

May. 24, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate on Tuesday approved a sweeping legislative package meant to combat rising property insurance rates and other problems in the state's turbulent insurance market, creating a $2 billion reinsurance fund and writing new rules around coverage denials and...

Heat, Celtics now in a best-of-3 to decide the East title

May. 24, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Back. Forth. Back. Forth. The Miami Heat want to see that pattern continue. The Boston Celtics hope to break that trend. And the team that prevails Wednesday night will be one game away from the NBA Finals. The Eastern Conference finals has been nothing...

Judge: Surfside collapse property owners bumped up to $96M

May. 24, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

Homeowners with condos in the Florida building that collapsed and killed 98 people nearly a year ago but whose families suffered no loss of life will share at least $96 million from a court settlement, a judge said Tuesday. That is in addition to the payout of about $1 billion to be...

Jags' Etienne returns after foot injury derails rookie year

May. 24, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Travis Etienne had several regrets about having to sit out his rookie season. He longed for the camaraderie, the competition and the chance to play in the NFL, his main goal since he was a kid growing up in Jennings, Louisiana. There was one bright spot,...

'Ghost' candidate, 2 operatives face charges in Florida

May. 24, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Two political operatives and an independent candidate who opponents say hardly campaigned and only entered a state Senate race in central Florida in 2020 to siphon off votes from a Democrat were criminally charged on Tuesday. Prosecutors filed election finance...

For Panthers, regular season success didn't lead to Cup run

May. 24, 2022 13:28 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — There will be a Presidents’ Trophy banner hanging over the Florida Panthers’ home ice next season. The team’s media relations department will spend its summer rewriting the record book because tons of pages need updating. And the earliest that the Panthers will again...

House Democrats tap Rep. Fentrice Driskell as next leader

May. 24, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida House Democrats on Tuesday tapped Rep. Fentrice Driskell as the caucus's next leader for the 2022-2024 term, the first Black woman to hold the position. Driskell, of Tampa, will replace current leader Rep. Evan Jenne. In a statement, Driskell said...