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2 Florida Supreme Court justices quickly move to new jobs

TALLAHASSEE — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will have to make his fourth and fifth state Supreme Court appointments since taking office in January. The U.S. Senate this week confirmed the appointments of Florida Supreme Court Justices Robert Luck and Barbara Lagoa to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.[…]

Radar finds 145 graves buried beneath Tampa high school

TAMPA — School officials say ground penetrating radar has located 145 graves on the ground of a high school in Florida’s Tampa Bay area. Hillsborough County School Board chairwoman Tamara Shamburger said Wednesday that graves are located 3-feet (0.91-meters) to 5-feet (1.52-meters) beneath portions of Tampa’s King High School. The[…]

Man accused of fatally beating uncle’s dog with a shovel

BOYNTON BEACH (AP) — A 34-year-old Florida man is accused of fatally beating his uncle’s dog with a shovel and then tossing the 10-pound animal in a canal. The Palm Beach Post reports the 65-year-old uncle found the Shih Tzu floating in the canal behind his Boynton Beach mobile home[…]

Florida man convicted of killing ex-girlfriend, 3 children

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — A Florida man has been convicted of killing the mother of his child and her three children. The Tallahassee Democrat reports that 41-year-old Henry Segura was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder. Jurors will return to recommend life in prison or the death penalty. Prosecutors say Segura[…]

Florida lieutenant governor leads trade mission to Colombia

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez is wrapping up a trade mission to Colombia on Wednesday with a delegation that included 19 Florida companies hoping to start or expand trade with the South American country. The trip was cut a day short because Colombian air traffic controllers are threatening[…]

Amazon to open new distribution center in central Florida

AUBURNDALE — Online retailer Amazon is announcing plans to open a new distribution center in central Florida creating about 500 full-time jobs. The retailer said in a statement Wednesday that employees will pick, pack and ship large items such as patio furniture, kayaks, bicycles fishing rods and pet food at[…]

Waterlogged bag full of cocaine washes up on Florida beach

PALM COAST (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies seized a duffel bag filled with cocaine that washed up on a northeast Florida beach. The Florida Times-Union reports an anonymous called tipped investigators off to the barnacle-covered bag on Friday night. Flagler County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release on Sunday that[…]

Passenger dies on Carnival’s Horizon during cruise

MIAMI — Officials say an investigation is underway after a passenger died while the Carnival Horizon was returning to port in Miami. Carnival Cruise Line confirmed via email on Monday that the passenger died Friday. The cruise line says it is cooperating with the standard law enforcement investigation. The name[…]

Elections official fired after shoving match with deputies

WEST PALM BEACH — Authorities say a manager of information technology at a Florida elections office has been fired after shoving detectives who attempted to grab his cellphone during a child pornography investigation. The Palm Beach Post reports 61-year-old Jeff Darter faces two felony counts of battery on a law[…]

1.75M travelers expected at Orlando airport over holiday

ORLANDO — Officials say they expect 1.75 million travelers to pass through Florida’s busiest airport during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Officials at Orlando International Airport on Monday said they expect traffic to increase 6% over the 12-day holiday season compared to last year’s holiday season. Airport officials say the busiest[…]