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Officers involved in fatal shooting shielded by Marsy's Law

Oct. 22, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The names of three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man won't be released because they've invoked their right to remain anonymous under a 2018 amendment to Florida's constitiution. The West Palm Beach...

DeSantis to convene legislature to fight vaccine mandates

Oct. 21, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday said he will call state lawmakers back to work early to pass legislation to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates enacted by businesses. The Republican governor said he will convene a special session of the...

Mask mandate may relax in some South Florida schools

Oct. 21, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The mask mandate for students in some South Florida schools could be eased by the end of October as local rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to fall, officials said. The number of students needing to quarantine in Miami-Dade County...

Victims of the 2018 Parkland, Florida, high school massacre

Oct. 20, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to murder on Wednesday in the 2018 shooting massacre that left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Here are the victims: ALYSSA ALHADEFF, 14 Alyssa excelled in math and Spanish, was...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 20, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. October 15, 2021. Editorial: Voters should pick Democrat Sharief in U.S. 20 primary to succeed Hastings Democratic Primary: Barbara Sharief The voters in Florida’s 20th congressional district can take solace in...

Sheriff: Man killed in shootout with Florida deputies

Oct. 20, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man who pulled a gun from his waistband and shot at a deputy as he was being questioned near Pensacola, officials said. The deputy was struck in the leg and taken to a hospital for treatment on Tuesday night,...

Passidomo tapped as next Florida Senate president

Oct. 19, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sen. Kathleen Passidomo has been named the next president of the Florida Senate. The Naples Republican was formally tapped as Senate president-designate for the 2022-2024 legislative term during a ceremony Tuesday in the Senate chamber. ...

Motorcyclist dies, hit by a trooper and run over by a truck

Oct. 19, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

AUBURNDALE, Fla. (AP) — A motorcycle rider died on a state highway where he was struck by a state trooper and then run over by a tractor trailer, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The trooper was helping a construction crew working on a lane closure for repairs Monday...

Taddeo enters Florida's Democratic primary for governor

Oct. 18, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State Sen. Annette Taddeo announced she'll run for Florida governor Monday, entering a Democratic primary that includes U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, who chose her as his running mate in an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2014. In a video announcing...

Troopers: Florida man grabbed steering wheel, caused crash

Oct. 15, 2021 07:43 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 20-year-old Florida man is accused of grabbing the steering wheel and causing a woman to lose control of the car she was driving as they traveled on Interstate 75, officials said. Nathaniel Allen Klippel was arrested Thursday afternoon in Tampa, the...