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Lawmaker files bill to get around sovereign immunity

Lawmaker files bill to get around sovereign immunity

Escambia County is hoping that the state's sovereign immunity laws will limit how much it has to pay to victims hurt in the April jail explosion. There is a way for the victims to get around it, if the state legislature intervenes. Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, filed a bill today that would [...]

NRA wins appeal, doctors can not ask patients if they own guns

NRA wins appeal, doctors can not ask patients if they own guns

The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that doctors do not have the right to ask patients if they own a firearm when unnecessary to a patient's care. This ruling is a significant defeat for the gun control lobby and its allies. The Florida chapters of the American [...]

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em: medical pot has huge support

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em: medical pot has huge support

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Floridians really, really support the legalization of medical marijuana, according to a poll released Monday morning. The poll found that 88 percent of Florida voters approve of medical marijuana, including 83 percent of voters age 65 and older and 95 [...]

Net worth up for most Florida lawmakers

Net worth up for most Florida lawmakers

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA For most state lawmakers, 2013 was another good year financially, regardless of party. Still, those with an "R" affixed to their names are doing better, in general, when it comes to the bottom line thanks mostly to stronger housing and stock [...]

Buzz: Crist will be in Pensacola this weekend

Buzz: Crist will be in Pensacola this weekend

Charlie Crist will be in the Pensacola area this weekend. Fred Levin is hosting a big fundraiser for him, and he will be tour area churches on Sunday.

Redistricting clash heats up as hearing approaches

Redistricting clash heats up as hearing approaches

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Voting-rights advocates and the Legislature squabbled Wednesday about when the state's congressional elections should be held as both sides prepared for a hearing in front of a Leon County judge. The scuffle started when a coalition of [...]

Poll: Governor’s race still tight, Crist has five-point lead

Poll: Governor’s race still tight, Crist has five-point lead

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With the campaign dominated by a barrage of back-and-forth attacks, Democrat Charlie Crist's lead over Republican incumbent Rick Scott has narrowed in the race for Florida governor, a new poll shows. Crist leads Scott by a margin of 45 percent to [...]

Health Department issues air quality alert for Wedgewood neighborhood

Health Department issues air quality alert for Wedgewood neighborhood

Health Alert: Wedgewood Air Quality Effective immediately, in response to air quality monitoring, the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) is issuing a health alert for the area surrounding the Wedgewood Community Center and the Rolling Hills Construction and [...]

Circuit Judge declares marriage ban unconstitutional

Circuit Judge declares marriage ban unconstitutional

Today, Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Luis M. Garcia issued a ruling declaring the state of Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional. The decision, which is the result of a lawsuit brought by Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, a couple from Key West, says that the [...]

Crist taps Annette Taddeo as Running Mate

Crist taps Annette Taddeo as Running Mate

Charlie Crist, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, today announced Miami businesswoman Annette Taddeo as his nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Taddeo is the working mother of a eight-year-old daughter and founded and runs her own small business in Miami. “Annette is a [...]

Wild West Florida: Felons can use ‘Stand Your Ground’

Wild West Florida: Felons can use ‘Stand Your Ground’

An appeals court Wednesday said a convicted felon could use the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law to seek immunity from prosecution in the shooting of another man. The decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal came as the Florida Supreme Court prepares to consider whether felons --- [...]

Putnam: Beware of Giant Land Snails

Putnam: Beware of Giant Land Snails

With inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport confiscating 67 Giant African Land Snails, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam issued a warning Tuesday about the destructive creatures possibly coming into the state through ports in Miami and other cities. Putnam's department has [...]

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