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Florida Senate condemns Nicaraguan President Ortega

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday condemning Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega for what it denounced as the oppression of that nation’s citizens. The vote comes after Democratic Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez said Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, resorted to election fraud to consolidate[…]

Florida parental consent abortion bill heads to full Senate

TALLAHASSEE — Girls under the age of 18 would need to get a parent’s permission before having an abortion in Florida under a bill that received its final Senate committee approval Wednesday. The Senate Rules Committee voted 9-7 in favor of the bill Thursday, on the 47th anniversary of the[…]

Florida lawmakers consider rules on naming college arenas

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s public colleges and universities may have to ask permission from the Legislature before they can rename sports arenas and other facilities after companies who are willing to pay for the right. College officials on Wednesday came under sharp questioning by a House education panel looking into curbing[…]

Florida lawmakers advance fight against blue-green algae

TALLAHASSEE — The scum of blue-green algae was so thick and invasive in Florida two years ago that it suffocated fish by the thousands. Birds dropped dead. And people stayed out of the water. Offshore, a toxic swarm of rust-colored flecks known as red tide killed manatees, dolphins, sea turtles[…]

Florida House moves to repeal constitution revision panel

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House on Wednesday moved to repeal a powerful commission charged with placing constitutional amendments before voters. On a 93-25 vote, the House sent the joint resolution to the Senate. If the Senate also approves, it would send the matter to voters in November. The Constitution Revision[…]

Sheriff: Boy made online threats to shoot up his school

DELTONA — A 13-year-old Florida boy was arrested Saturday after the sheriff’s office received numerous tips about an Instagram account that contained threats to shoot up his middle school, officials said. The tips started coming in on Friday evening after people noticed the threats about a shooting at Heritage Middle[…]

Reports: Flooding risks could devalue Florida real estate

MIAMI — Flooding due to climate change-related sea level rising, the erosion of natural barriers and long-periods of rain pose substantial economic risks to Florida, particularly to the value of South Florida real estate, according to two new reports released last week. Estimates based on past trends suggest that losses[…]

Pesky iguanas cost Florida city $1.8 in emergency repairs

WEST PALM BEACH — Invasive iguanas burrowing into the soft dirt around an aging dam cost a Florida city $1.8 million in emergency repairs. Employees noticed last year that water was seeping round the edges of a decades-old weir that controls water delivery in West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach[…]

Florida lawmakers weigh raising age for smoking, vaping

TALLAHASSEE — Raising alarm over the boom in e-cigarettes among young people, Florida lawmakers Tuesday moved to raise the age limit on tobacco products from 18 to 21. At least 18 other states now have laws setting the minimum age for vaping at 21, and efforts are underway in the[…]

Florida clemency panel gives felons path to regain vote

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Board of Executive Clemency voted unanimously Tuesday to allow felons to apply to have their voting rights restored upon completion of their sentences, even if they have unpaid fines and other legal debts. The move, which comes amid ongoing clashes over felons’ access[…]