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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 [...]

Prison Captain fired for failing to report on criminal activity

Prison Captain fired for failing to report on criminal activity

With the Florida Department of Corrections under heavy scrutiny, Secretary Michael Crews on Tuesday ordered the firing of a Columbia Correctional Institution captain because of allegations the officer failed to report information about potential criminal activity at the prison. A dismissal [...]

Breaking News: Legislature won’t appeal redistricting map ruling

Breaking News: Legislature won’t appeal redistricting map ruling

House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz said this morning the Legislature does not plan to appeal a judge's ruling that struck down the state's congressional map drawn in 2012. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis last week issued the ruling based on the anti-gerrymandering [...]

Context Florida: Sanity comes to immigration reform debate

Context Florida: Sanity comes to immigration reform debate

My latest column for Context Florida: A political odd couple recently held a press conference in Tallahassee on what has been a hot button issue for conservatives since Barack Obama was sworn as president — immigration reform. As part of a national day of action, Florida Chamber of [...]

Judge strikes down Congressional Map

Judge strikes down Congressional Map

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In a highly anticipated ruling, a Leon County judge struck down a map of the state's congressional districts drawn by the Legislature in 2012, potentially throwing the political future of the state into turmoil. But the ruling, issued by [...]

Scott earns NRA love

Scott earns NRA love

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott appears nearly bulletproof right now in the eyes of the National Rifle Association. That assessment of Scott comes as the NRA notes that more pro-gun bills have been signed into law in the past four years than during any other recent [...]

Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and bribery

Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and bribery

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Jr. was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for his Feb. 12 conviction of fraud, bribery and related charges involving crimes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Nagin was convicted of accepting bribes--money, free vacation trips and [...]

Corrections employees sue, claiming retaliation

Corrections employees sue, claiming retaliation

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Four investigators for the Florida Department of Corrections have filed a lawsuit against the agency, saying they've been punished for calling attention to an inaccurate report about an inmate's death. The suit, filed this week, also names Gov. [...]

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