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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...

Florida lawmakers to meet for session on property insurance

May. 20, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers return to the Capitol next week for a special legislative session aimed at addressing problems in the state’s turbulent property insurance market, a persistent and multifaceted crisis in a region vulnerable to damaging hurricanes. It is...

US Attorney: Fake doctor pleads guilty in $1.3M romance scam

May. 19, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to defrauding more than 30 women of more than $1.3 million by pretending to be a doctor on online dating services, a U.S. attorney said Thursday. Brian Brainard Wedgeworth, 46, who formerly lived in the Florida capital city...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 18, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Palm Beach Post. May 11, 2022. Editorial: Lawmakers must fix housing crisis in special session Palm Beach County and many parts of Florida have become too expensive to live. It shouldn’t take skyrocketing housing and insurance costs to convince state leaders to get...

Florida lawmaker won't seek reelection amid harassment claim

May. 13, 2022 12:04 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Rep. Ramon Alexander, the incoming leader of the House Democrats, says he will not seek reelection following allegations that he sexually harassed a former employee of Florida A&M. Alexander made the announcement in social media posts Thursday,...

Judge says he'll block Gov. Ron DeSantis' redistricting plan

May. 11, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A congressional map approved by Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and drawn by his staff is unconstitutional because it breaks up a district where Black voters can choose their representatives, a state judge said Wednesday. Leon County Circuit Judge...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 11, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Palm Beach Post. May 8, 2022. Editorial: Ending Roe v. Wade shouldn’t curb Florida privacy rights In its haste to rid society of abortions, the U.S. Supreme Court appears headed toward weakening a very important constitutional guarantee against undue government...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 04, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. April 27, 2022. Editorial: Florida’s shame and the war on Disney And so, our governor manufactures yet another controversy out of whole cloth, or in this case out of big ears and a tail. And again, the media dutifully cover it as an...

Voting groups sue over Florida congressional map

Apr. 22, 2022 18:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Voting rights groups sued Florida on Friday over a congressional map drawn by Gov. Ron DeSantis and passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature, saying it will diminish the state's Black representation and benefit Republicans. Florida lawmakers approved the...

Florida dentist charged with fatal hit on ex-brother-in-law

Apr. 21, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida dentist was arrested Thursday on charges that he hired hit men eight years ago to kill his sister's ex-husband, a prominent law professor, so she could move back to the Fort Lauderdale area from Tallahassee with her two children. Charles...