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Florida lawmakers pass some post-Irma proposals, ditch others

The 400-mile-wide Hurricane Irma pummels Florida from the Keys and up the Atlantic coast with winds up to 130 mph. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When legislative budget chiefs agreed during negotiations to spend $1.5 million on a study about extending a toll road north to Georgia, they started to lock into Florida’s new budget some of […]

Conviction overturned after psych ward interview

TALLAHASSEE — A Manatee County murder conviction was overturned Wednesday because police interviewed the defendant in a hospital psychiatric ward without an attorney present. A three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal ordered a new trial for Cornelius Dion Baskin, who was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison […]

FL senate approved AR-15 ban for 15 minutes before rescinding it

A Ruger AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, center, sits on display with other rifles on a wall in a gun shop Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Lynnwood, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) – In a rare Saturday session, Florida state senators briefly approved and then rejected a two-year moratorium on the sale of AR-15-style rifles. […]

FL: Where Does Comp Coverage Stand for Educators Traumatized by School Shootings?

Tallahassee, FL ( – In the aftermath of the Marjorie Douglas High School shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead, some legislators are asking whether or not teachers, administrators and school staff members should be covered for PTSD under workers’ compensation. More than 150,000 students and teachers have experienced school shootings since Sandy Hook. […]

‘This is about hope’: Parkland students arrive in FL capital

Tanzil Philip, 16, a student survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schoo speaks to a crowd of supporters and media at Leon High School, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (RNN) – Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas arrived in Tallahassee on Tuesday night and addressed a crowd ahead of their planned rally at the Florida […]

Florida lawmakers keep raiding affordable-housing funds

Richard Corcoran – Original Credit: handout – Original Source: handout (/ Courtesy photo) Newspapers around the state have recently highlighted something Tallahassee lawmakers don’t want you to know about — their continual raid on the state’s affordable-housing fund. (“Will there be another raid on affordable housing funds? House says yes” and “Don’t starve affordable housing, […]

Florida legislators pass rival $87 billion budgets

Hide caption By Gary Fineout / The Associated Press The House approved its budget by a 85-27 vote, while the Senate passed its budget on a 33-1 vote. TALLAHASSEE — With less than a month to work out substantial differences, the Republican-controlled Florida House and Senate on Thursday passed dueling $87 billion budgets for the […]

FL Lottery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ These Florida lotteries were drawn Friday: Estimated jackpot: $104 million 4-4 (four, four) 4-1-3 (four, one, three) 3-6-9-2 (three, six, nine, two) 1-9-1-4-6 (one, nine, one, four, six) Estimated jackpot: $145 million Source Article

House budget would boost state spending by billions

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O’ Lakes. SCOTT KEELER | Times Richard Corcoran complains often about how the state spends too much money, and his political website shouts: “Lower taxes. Less spending.” But if Corcoran has his way, as he often does, the next state budget will be billions of dollars higher than […]

CoreCivic : Announces Acquisition of Capital Commerce Center in Tallahassee, Florida

(GlobeNewswire) – CoreCivic, Inc. (NYSE:CXW) (the Company) announced today that it has acquired the 260,867-square foot Capital Commerce Center, located in Tallahassee, Florida. Capital Commerce Center is 98% leased, and 87% leased to the State of Florida on behalf of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). DBPR has occupied their space in […]