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Florida House speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, left, and Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton bump elbow ]s during a press conference on the Fourth Floor Rotunda at the Capitol, Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Aileen Perilla)

Amid coronavirus threat, Florida lawmakers OK $93.2B budget

Mar. 19, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers adjourned their 2020 session on Thursday after approving a $93.2 billion budget — including at least $52 million to deal with the coronavirus outbreak — that is on its way to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his signature. But talk was already swirling...

Court: Florida shooting defendant can't shield expert names

Mar. 11, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A ruling from the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday means school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz cannot shield from public disclosure the names of expert witnesses who have interviewed him in jail. The court declined to review an earlier decision by the 4th District Court of...

Lori Alhadeff shows a pendant bearing a photo of her 14-year-old daughter Alyssa, among the 17 people killed during the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Friday, March 6, 2020, at the state Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.  Alhadeff has been championing a bill to require all public schools across Florida to put in place a panic button system to give schools a direct link with first responders. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

After Parkland tragedy, Florida Senate OK's panic buttons

Mar. 6, 2020 7:07 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers were on the verge of sending Gov. Ron DeSantis legislation Friday that requires panic buttons at every school, the latest security measure being implemented on campuses after the Parkland school shooting two years ago that killed 17. The measure, known as...

Laurie Giordano, left, and Lori Alhadeff speak Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Florida mothers united in tragedy push lawmakers to act

Mar. 6, 2020 11:48 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — For months, Laurie Giordano had been telling the story of her son to anyone who would listen — of how her Zach, a strapping 16-year-old football player, should never have collapsed in the sweltering Florida heat nearly three years ago. He died days later. For weeks, Giordano...

FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, law enforcement officers block off the entrance to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., following a deadly shooting at the school. A California man who is on the autism spectrum was sentenced Monday, March 2, 2020, to more than five years in prison for cyberstalking families of Parkland, Florida, school shooting victims. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Man gets 5+ years' prison for harassing Parkland victims

Mar. 2, 2020 7:51 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A California man who is on the autism spectrum was sentenced Monday to more than five years in prison for cyberstalking families of Parkland, Florida, school shooting victims. U.S. District Judge Rodolfo Ruiz imposed the sentence on 22-year-old Brandon Fleury of Santa Ana,...

Utah County declares itself a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’

Feb. 28, 2020 5:33 PM EST

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah County government has declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary that supports the right to keep and bear arms. The declaration states that public funds would not be used to unlawfully restrict the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms, the Daily Herald reported. The Utah...

FILE - In this July 3, 2017, file photo, conductor Keith Lockhart waves during a rehearsal for the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade in Boston. Lockhart marks 25 years with the Boston Pops in 2020, making him the orchestra's second longest-tenured conductor after Arthur Fiedler. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

High note: Lockhart marks 25 years as Boston Pops conductor

Feb. 26, 2020 3:01 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Strike up the band: Keith Lockhart is marking 25 years as the conductor of “America's Orchestra.” The Boston Pops said Wednesday its 2020 season will pay special tribute to Lockhart, its second longest-tenured conductor after the legendary Arthur Fiedler. Only Fiedler, who...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Feb. 26, 2020 8:23 AM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: The Lessons of #MeToo’s Monster The New York Times Feb. 24 What does the hard-won, long-overdue conviction of Harvey Weinstein demonstrate? It shows how difficult it can be to bring abusers to justice, particularly when they...

Secret Service goes on the road to help curb school violence

Feb. 18, 2020 4:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service is taking its effort to curb school violence on the road to help thousands of educators, law enforcement personnel, mental health professionals and others learn how to identify people who may be threats. The latest stop in the Secret Service tour is this week in Miami,...

In this undated photo provided by Claire Chase for Congress, Claire Chase, a Republican candidate for U.S. House in southern New Mexico, shoots at a

Governor urges leadership in enforcement of red-flag bill

Feb. 14, 2020 7:16 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she hopes to see strong leadership in the law enforcement community to implement a red flag gun initiative approved this week by the state's Democrat-led Legislature. The second-year Democratic governor told news reporters Friday that she...