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Rural Florida county shocked by fentanyl deaths over holiday

Jul. 06, 2022 20:10 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A small, largely rural county west of Florida’s capital experienced an unheard-of spike in deadly drug overdoses believed to be caused by fentanyl over the July 4 weekend, with nine people dying in the latest sign that a national crisis is becoming even more...

Officials: Nine fatal drug overdoses in rural Florida county

Jul. 05, 2022 20:42 PM EDT

QUINCY, Fla. (AP) — Nine people died over the holiday weekend from likely drug overdoses in a rural Florida Panhandle county, officials said. After two women were found dead of an apparent overdose Friday, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office put out an alert seeking the...

Officials: Girl seriously injured in shark attack in Florida

Jul. 01, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

PERRY, Fla. (AP) — A teenage girl was seriously injured when a shark attacked her off Florida's Gulf Coast, authorities said. The attack occurred Thursday afternoon off Keaton Beach, according to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office news release. The 17-year-old girl had...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 29, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 26, 2022. Editorial: Florida’s senators failing us on gun reform If U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott can’t bring themselves to support even a watered-down, bipartisan first step toward easing gun violence amid a contagion of shootings...

Florida judge hears arguments on state's new abortion law

Jun. 27, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Reproductive health providers on Monday asked a Florida judge to block a new 15 week abortion ban from taking effect this week, arguing that the state constitution guarantees access to the procedure. Planned Parenthood and other health centers are seeking a...

Providers argue Florida's privacy measure protects abortion

Jun. 26, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state court is being asked to block a new Florida law which bans most abortions after 15 weeks just days after a conservative U.S. Supreme Court majority overturned a landmark case that had provided constitutional protections for women seeking abortions for almost 50...

Seminoles hire away Link Jarrett after Notre Dame's CWS run

Jun. 24, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Link Jarrett, who led Notre Dame to the College World Series for the first time in 20 years, is Florida State's new coach. Florida State announced the hiring Friday, three days after the Irish's season ended in the CWS. Jarrett, voted national coach of the...

Andrew Gillum, once a Florida governor candidate, indicted

Jun. 22, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Gillum, the 2018 Democratic nominee for Florida governor, has been indicted on 21 federal charges including conspiracy and wire fraud for funneling donations through third parties back to himself for personal use, prosecutors said Wednesday. The U.S....

Dog dragged into water, eaten by gator at Florida park

Jun. 17, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A man was playing with his dog at a Florida park when it was attacked by an alligator, dragged into the water and eaten earlier this month, wildlife officials said. Joshua Wells told wildlife authorities that he was playing with his unleashed dog near water...

Judge strikes down law limiting ballot initiative donations

Jun. 16, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a Florida law limiting contributions to people or political committees championing ballot initiatives, ruling it violates the First Amendment. U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor in Tallahassee on Wednesday issued a permanent...