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This photo provided by Jared Machado shows him at the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Like many young voters in Florida, Machado is concerned about rising sea levels, college tuition and landing a job when he graduates in a few months. But the political science and history major can't ignore how his father and grandparents came to the United States: as refugees fleeing communist Cuba. (Jared Machado via AP)

Sanders comments on Castro could pose hurdles in Florida

Feb. 24, 2020 10:05 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Like many young voters in Florida, Jared Machado is concerned about rising sea levels, college tuition and landing a job when he graduates from the University of Florida in a few months. But the political science and history major can't ignore how his father and grandparents came to the United...

Florida Legislature passes abortion parental consent bill

Feb. 20, 2020 9:21 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Girls under the age of 18 will have to get a parent's permission before having an abortion under a bill passed by the Florida Legislature on Thursday that Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign. The House voted 75-43 largely along party lines for the legislation that expands a...

FILE- In this Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, former felon Desmond Meade and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, left, fills out a voter registration form as his wife Sheena looks on at the Supervisor of Elections office in Orlando, Fla. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Tallahassee federal judge's decision that the law implementing Amendment 4 amounted to an unfair poll tax. Amendment 4 was passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 to allow as many as 1.6 million ex-felons to regain their right to vote. A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state will immediately ask the entire 11th Circuit to reconsider the ruling. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Court: Florida can't bar felons from vote over fines, fees

Feb. 19, 2020 4:24 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida cannot, for now, bar felons who served their time from registering to vote simply because they have failed to pay all fines and fees stemming from their cases, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a...

Trump budget plan calls for $250M for Florida Everglades

Feb. 18, 2020 4:04 PM EST

SOUTH BAY, Fla. (AP) — Out here in western Palm Beach County, Lake Okeechobee meets vestiges of theFlorida Everglades and, more significantly, a vast sugar growing area that encompasses hundreds of square miles. Over the years, the Everglades has shrunk into a corner of the state and the sugar region has...

Florida could extend time for NCAA on student-athlete pay

Feb. 17, 2020 5:34 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers sought to delay when college athletes can begin striking endorsement deals, and agreed to extend the game clock on Monday for the NCAA on its own to address the issue of compensation for the 450,000 student athletes under its purview. But the move did not slow the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, file photo, Tiffany Carr, executive director of Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, left, speaks at a news conference held by Gov. Jeb Bush, background right, to announce a public awareness campaign designed to prevent disaster-related domestic violence, in Tallahassee, Fla. On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered an investigation into a nonprofit domestic abuse agency whose CEO, Carr, had received $7.5 million in compensation over a three-year span. (AP Photo/Phil Coale, File)

Florida probes domestic violence agency that paid CEO $750K

Feb. 13, 2020 8:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday ordered an investigation into a nonprofit domestic abuse agency whose CEO had received $7.5 million in compensation over a three-year span. The House also voted to subpoena the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence's board of directors...

In this, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo a worker sorts through tomatoes after they are washed before being inspected and packed, in Florida City, Fla. A Florida bill mandating that private companies verify each new hire's eligibility to work in the U.S. is worrying farmers in the agriculture-rich state. The growers complain they are struggling to find farm workers as the unemployment rate reaches record lows. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Farmers worry Florida bill will worsen labor scarcity woes

Feb. 11, 2020 7:28 PM EST

FLORIDA CITY, Fla. (AP) — On a recent afternoon, many stools stood empty beside a conveyor belt where workers examined a stream of green tomatoes and tossed aside those with holes and cracks at a South Florida packing house. Paul J. DiMare, one of the country’s leading producers of fresh tomatoes,...

In this Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 photo made available by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Fla., Rebecca Fierle-Santoian is under arrest. Authorities say Fierle-Santoian filed a

Guardian for elderly arrested on abuse, neglect charges

Feb. 11, 2020 12:54 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former guardian for the elderly and incapacitated who was accused of filing "do not resuscitate" orders without her clients' permission has been arrested in Florida on felony charges. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said local authorities arrested Rebecca Fierle-Santoian in...

President Donald Trump holds hands with first lady Melania Trump as they take their seats after he spoke at the Governors' Ball, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump hosts governors, claims credit for their performance

Feb. 9, 2020 8:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed some of the credit Sunday as he congratulated America's governors for what he said is the “tremendous” yet sometimes difficult job they're doing leading their states. “Most of the states, almost everyone has set a record,” Trump...

In this booking photo provided by Miami Dade Dept. of Corrections, Rene Pedrosa, 48, is under arrest. Pedrosa, a former TV personality and aide to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, was arrested, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Miami. Pedrosa has been charged with groping a teenage boy at City Hall and then sending him a lewd photograph. It wasn't immediately clear if Pedrosa had a lawyer to speak for him. (Miami Dade Dept. of Corrections via AP)

Ex-aide to Miami mayor charged in underage sex case

Feb. 7, 2020 3:49 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A former aide to the mayor of Miami has been charged with groping a teenage boy at City Hall and then sending him a lewd photograph. Rene Pedrosa, 48, was charged Friday with battery and transmitting pornography to a minor, court records show. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer...