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DeSantis, Gillum tackle Trump and more in Florida debate

Oct. 22, 2018 12:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democratic candidate for Florida governor Andrew Gillum isn't a big fan of Donald Trump, but he said during a televised debate that he'd gladly work with the president to bring money to the state for needed projects. "That's just not the way it works," said his opponent Ron...

Florida governor candidate DeSantis releases tax returns

Oct. 22, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Ron DeSantis, the Republican candidate for Florida governor who won the nomination with the strong backing of President Donald Trump, has released his most recent tax returns. While Trump refused to release his returns ahead of his 2016 election, DeSantis posted them on his...

6 shot on street near north Florida stadium before NFL game

Oct. 22, 2018 2:02 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Six people have been wounded in a street shooting blocks from the Florida stadium where the NFL's Houston Texans played and defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Ron Lendvay, director of investigations for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, said...

Florida's culture clash pits Gillum against Trump voters

Oct. 22, 2018 1:22 AM EDT

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's loyalists here at Florida's premier retirement community fear Andrew Gillum. It has nothing to do with his race, they insist, when asked about the 39-year-old Democrat who could become the state's first African-American governor. Instead, The Villages'...

Florida governor candidate Gillum releases some tax returns

Oct. 19, 2018 6:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum gave a closer look at his finances on Friday after he released two years' worth of tax returns that show that he and his wife earn more than $200,000 a year. Gillum, who shocked the political establishment with his Democratic...

Florida to bend voting rules in counties hit by hurricane

Oct. 18, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With tens of thousands throughout the region still without power, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday relaxed or waived voting rules for eight counties hammered by Hurricane Michael last week. Scott's order represents a delicate balancing act for the Republican governor since most...

Florida reporting 16 deaths after Michael, other states 10

Oct. 16, 2018 11:02 PM EDT

Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. Here are some of the circumstances under which people died: FLORIDA:...

Hurricane is blamed for 16 deaths in Florida alone

Oct. 16, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. The scope of the storm's fury became...

Florida Supreme Court: Next governor will pick new justices

Oct. 16, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's next governor and not incumbent Gov. Rick Scott will get to pick three new justices to the state Supreme Court, the court ruled Monday in a decision with major implications in this year's gubernatorial campaign. In a major rebuke to Scott, the Supreme Court concluded that...

The Latest: Trump hears from Georgia farmers on hurricane

Oct. 15, 2018 10:53 PM EDT

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to areas hit by Hurricane Michael (all times local): 6:30 p.m. President Donald Trump has heard from Georgia farmers whose crops were wiped out by Hurricane Michael. Trump on Monday visited a farm near Macon where...