Florida Cabinet meets in Israel under media objection

U.S. 05/29/19, 10:21

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet met in Israel on Wednesday, waving away complaints that the setting was illegal. They presented a proclamation of support for Israel and heard from Israelis on several issues important to Florida.The Republican governor then signed a bill that prohibits anti-Semitism in Florida's public ...

Ex-Florida gov candidate Gillum in hearing on lobbyist gifts

U.S. 04/24/19, 00:04

Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum faces an administrative hearing Wednesday over allegations he improperly accepted gifts from lobbyists.The state Ethics Commission says it found probable cause in January to believe that Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor, accepted gifts in violation of civil law, including travel expenses in Costa Rica ...

Florida Senate passes bill expanding armed teachers program

U.S. 04/23/19, 15:32

Florida is on the verge of expanding a law that allows some teachers to carry guns in the classroom after the Senate passed a wide-ranging school safety bill Tuesday. The bill seeks changes to a law enacted last year after a gunman killed 17 people in a rampage at a Parkland ...

DeSantis gets some schooling on coding, computer science

Tech 03/19/19, 10:17

Gov. Ron DeSantis got a little bit of schooling on coding and computer science.The Republican governor took part Tuesday in an event promoting computer skills in Florida schools. DeSantis spent a few minutes huddling with 16-year-old Emily Perez, a sophomore at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, over a laptop alongside ...

Florida lawmakers convene for annual 60-day session

U.S. 03/05/19, 13:21

Florida's political leaders called for cooperation and outlined goals for education, health care, transportation and other priorities as the state Legislature convened Tuesday in Tallahassee with new presiding officers, a new governor and only one requirement: pass a balanced state budget to fund the government.Republican Senate President Bill Galvano stressed ...

Blackman unquestioned No. 1 QB as Florida State opens spring

Sports 03/04/19, 13:28

James Blackman insists nothing has changed. But nearly everything around him at Florida State is different this spring.A month after coach Willie Taggart dismissed two-year starter Deondre Francois, the Seminoles' No. 1 quarterback is clearly Blackman. When he was dismissed from the team, Taggart said Francois was not living up ...

No. 18 Florida State, behind Kabengele, tops NC State 78-73

Sports 03/02/19, 15:51

Trent Forrest has been in pain with a toe injury throughout the season. The Florida State guard hasn't missed a game yet, though, and he pushed through to provide a second-half spark Saturday.Mfiondu Kabengele came off the bench to score 16 points, Forrest added 11 of his 13 points in ...

New leaders, new agendas as Florida Legislature set to begin

U.S. 03/02/19, 09:32

Florida's 2019 Legislative session begins Tuesday with a new governor, new Legislative leaders, and new priorities. Nearly 3,000 bills already have been filed ahead of the 60-day legislative session on topics ranging from a ban on child-like sex dolls to adjustments to a school safety law enacted after the massacre at ...

Vassell leads No. 18 Florida St.’s late run past Notre Dame

Sports 02/25/19, 22:43

Florida State was sluggish for much of the night, showing signs of a team that was worn down by playing for the third time in seven days.Coach Leonard Hamilton looked down the bench and found a rested freshman to pick up the Seminoles.Devin Vassell scored 13 points, sparking Florida State's ...

Police: Yoga studio shooter was disturbed, hated women

U.S. 02/12/19, 20:02

Wrapping up a three-month investigation, Florida authorities said Tuesday that a 40-year-old man who killed two people and injured five others in a yoga studio was a "disturbed individual" with a "hatred towards women." Tallahassee police said after conducting dozens of interviews and reviewing thousands of pages of documents they found ...

FSU drops Francois after abuse allegations surface

Sports 02/03/19, 16:35

Florida State's head football coach announced Sunday that quarterback Deondre Francois had been dismissed from the team after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced.FSU head coach Willie Taggart said in a statement Sunday that he had notified Francois of his decision the night before. Taggart's decision to drop Francois came the ...

Florida’s ethics commission says Gillum may have broken law

U.S. 01/25/19, 14:14

Florida's ethics commission says there is probable cause that former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum violated the state's ethics law.The commission voted Friday in a closed-door meeting to proceed with charges against Gillum. Gillum is accused of accepting gifts from lobbyists and vendors during his time as Tallahassee's mayor. Gillum ...

Update: Florida gov: Elections chief regrets blackface

U.S. 01/24/19, 18:02

The Latest on Florida's secretary of state resigning after photos of him in blackface surfaced (all times local):6 p.m.Florida's new governor says he thought it best to accept his secretary of state's resignation "and move on" after old photos of the elections chief in blackface surfaced.Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday ...

Florida elections chief resigns when blackface photos emerge

U.S. 01/24/19, 17:10

Florida's top elections official abruptly resigned Thursday after a newspaper obtained pictures of him in blackface dressed as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a 2005 party.Secretary of State Michael Ertel, who had been on the job less than three weeks, resigned just hours after he testified about election lawsuits before ...

Reddish hits 3 to lift No. 1 Duke over Florida State 80-78

Sports 01/12/19, 17:10

Cam Reddish hit a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to lead No. 1 Duke past No. 13 Florida State 80-78 on Saturday.Reddish caught the ball on the wing off the inbounds pass and made a wide open 3-pointer to ensure Duke (14-1, 3-0 ACC) would win its ninth straight game. ...

Nichols, Savoy lead No. 13 Florida State past Miami 68-62

Baseball 01/09/19, 23:36

David Nichols had 13 points and PJ Savoy scored eight of his 10 in the second half as the bench players helped No. 13 Florida State hold off Miami 68-62 on Wednesday night.The Hurricanes used an 8-0 run late to close the gap to 64-62 with 46.4 seconds left, but ...

Florida’s next governor says he plans to take swift action

U.S. 01/07/19, 17:41

When Ron DeSantis becomes Florida's next governor, he will continue a two-decade tradition of Republican control that has emphasized tax cuts, the growth of school voucher programs, and a deep skepticism about expanding the state's health care safety net. But DeSantis, who defeated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum after a harsh and ...

Ex-Florida State University President Wetherell dies at 72

Football 12/16/18, 17:12

T.K. Wetherell, a Florida State University football player in the 1960s who 40 years later became the school's first graduate to serve as president, died Sunday. He was 72.The university announced the death of the long-time educator and politician who rose to become Florida House speaker. No cause of death ...

Florida tale of infidelity and homicide ends with conviction

U.S. 12/14/18, 22:07

After a spellbinding five-day trial that featured tales of infidelity and a multimillion dollar insurance payout, a jury on Friday convicted a Florida woman of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago. Jurors found Denise Williams guilty of three counts including first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit ...

FBI probe leads to charges against Florida city commissioner

U.S. 12/12/18, 13:51

An FBI corruption investigation that became an issue in the Florida governor's race led to a 44-count federal indictment Wednesday against a city commissioner who once ran the state's Democratic Party.The indictment charges Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox with bribery, extortion, bank fraud, racketeering and other crimes. Not mentioned in the ...

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