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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019 file photo, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., questions FBI Director Christopher Wray during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Scott injected himself into the 2020 presidential race, airing an ad in Iowa days ahead before the crucial caucus by attacking the Democratic-led impeachment trial against President Donald Trump and accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of corruption. The ad buy by Scott was not just a volley into the current race, but also further signaled his ambitions for 2024 .(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Florida senator's Iowa ad attacks former VP Joe Biden

Jan. 29, 2020 1:22 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sen. Rick Scott of Florida injected himself into the 2020 presidential race, airing an ad in Iowa days ahead of a crucial caucus by attacking the Democratic-led impeachment trial against President Donald Trump and accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of corruption. The ad buy...

In this undated photo made available by the Modell family, Ryan Modell, right, visits Paris with his father Sandy Modell. Sandy Modell is asking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to reopen the investigation into his son's 2016 shooting death during an altercation at Ryan Modell's Fort Myers, Fla., condominium complex. Local prosecutors declined to charge the shooter, Steve Taylor, citing the state's

Florida governor asked to reexamine 'stand your ground' case

Jan. 29, 2020 10:42 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — In a case involving Florida's controversial “stand your ground” law, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been asked to reinvestigate the fatal shooting of a drunken, unarmed man who mistakenly pounded on a wrong door in the middle of the night. A request to appoint a special...

Florida creates task force on sea-level rise

Jan. 21, 2020 7:14 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After years of mostly ignoring climate change, Florida lawmakers waded deeper into the matter on Tuesday , advancing a proposal that would create a statewide Office of Resiliency and establish a task force to begin looking into how best to protect the state's 1350 miles (2,173...

FILE - In this June 19, 2019 file photo, a postal worker returns to their truck parked on a flooded street in Miami caused by high tides. Flooding due to climate change-related sea level rising, the erosion of natural barriers and long-periods of rain pose substantial economic risks to Florida, particularly its real estate value, according to two new reports released last week. (AP Photo/Ellis Rua, File)

Reports: Flooding risks could devalue Florida real estate

Jan. 21, 2020 4:52 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Flooding due to climate change-related sea level rising, the erosion of natural barriers and long-periods of rain pose substantial economic risks to Florida, particularly to the value of South Florida real estate, according to two new reports released last week. For years, Florida lawmakers...

In this Dec. 10, 2019 photo, Hispanic Federation Canvasser Ana M. Vigo, right, registers Maria Moralez, left, to vote as Ivan Baez Munoz looks on outside the Polk Coutny Tax Collectors office in Davenport, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Will Puerto Ricans new to Florida swing state to Democrats?

Jan. 10, 2020 11:13 AM EST

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — When Martha Santiago moved to Polk County, Florida, from Puerto Rico in 1979 to teach in one of the county's first bilingual schools, there were two certainties. One was that oranges were an economic engine in the county that is wedged between Tampa and Orlando. The other was that...

Florida Supreme Court rules on 'stand your ground' cases

Dec. 19, 2019 5:41 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court granted a new “stand your ground” hearing to one defendant and denied the claim of another Thursday as it settled questions on whether a 2017 law should apply retroactively. The law shifted the burden of proof in stand your ground pretrial...