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Reemergence of tropical bedbugs not cause for concern

S. Laney Griffo Mar. 18, 2017, 1:08pm

&&& Roberto Pereira, an urban entomologist in Florida, recently urged citizens to not panic over the reemergence of tropical bedbugs after his office received a sample that contained the once-prevalent bug.

Steverson resigns as secretary of state's Department of Environmental Protection

Laura Halleman Jan. 30, 2017, 5:46pm

TALLAHASSEE — Jon Steverson has resigned from his position as secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection after two years.

Okaloosa County attorney Joseph D. Lorenz honored for pro bono work

Melissa Busch Jan. 19, 2017, 10:51pm

FORT WALTON BEACH – For the second time in nearly two decades, attorney Joseph D. Lorenz has been recognized for his service to indigent clients in Florida.

Banked card game rights stay with the Seminole Tribe of Florida for now

Noell Wolfgram Evans Jan. 9, 2017, 9:21pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The drama continues around who controls the ability to operate banked card games in the state of Florida.

Florida trial lawyers donate $6.2 million to political candidates

Michelle de Leon Dec. 11, 2016, 10:15pm

TALLAHASSEE -- A recent report has revealed that trial lawyers contributed a total of $6.2 million to Florida candidates' political campaigns this election cycle.

Professor says quality appointments key for next Constitution Revision Commission

Carrie Salls Dec. 8, 2016, 7:57pm

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Interest in serving on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) for the 2017-2018 term is ramping up, and Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga already has 32 applicants for the 15 members he can choose for the 37-member commission.

Weather prompts rescheduling of arguments in indigent care reimbursement case

Kristin Danley-Greiner Dec. 2, 2016, 2:17pm

TALLAHASSEE -- Oral arguments will not resume until Feb. 8 in the constitutional battle over a 2003 state law requiring Sarasota County to reimburse private hospitals for providing indigent care, due to the weather.

Florida leads nation in car accident drownings, movement underway to address problem

Michelle de Leon Nov. 27, 2016, 10:55pm

ORLANDO -- A review of federal crash data has revealed that Florida has the highest number of deaths by car accident drowning.

Red light camera case enters Florida court system

Dawn Geske Nov. 10, 2016, 10:09pm

ORLANDO – Another red light camera case is in the spotlight in the Florida courts system, prompting judges to reexamine whether administrative hearings for these violations are constitutional.

Florida appeals court rules medical malpractice limits are unconstitional

Moni West Nov. 9, 2016, 9:48am

LAKELAND -- A second appeals court has declared that limits can't be placed on the amount of money awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits and that setting such limits is unconstitutional.

Voters will decide if Florida should expand medical marijuana law

Joe Dyton Nov. 7, 2016, 11:33am

TALLAHASSEE -- On Nov. 8, Floridians can vote on a proposed revision to a state constitution amendment, Amendment 2, that would expand the law governing medical marijuana and its users.

Election general counsel sides with judge's decision about voter registration

Karen Kidd Nov. 6, 2016, 11:55pm

TALLAHASSEE -- As Tuesday's general election approaches, a federal judge's recent rejection of a Florida Democratic Party request to allow unverified voters to cast ballots was the right decision, says an election general counsel.

Voting booth selfies banned in Florida

Dee Thompson Oct. 30, 2016, 10:02pm

TALLAHASSEE -- People want to take “selfies” everywhere they go, which includes the voting booth. However, by law, Florida residents cannot take selfies when they vote. 

The late Norman Wolfinger honored with Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathleen McGuire Gilbert Oct. 26, 2016, 10:43pm

MELBOURNE -- Norman Wolfinger, former state attorney in Brevard and Seminole counties, veteran and advocate for veterans and children, was posthumously awarded with the public service lifetime achievement award from Space Coast Daily.

Ocala officials offer three ordinance proposals for marijuana dispensaries

Dawn Geske Oct. 24, 2016, 11:48pm

OCALA -- Three versions of a medical marijuana ordinance will be created by the Ocala City Council to help officials explore the idea of allowing dispensaries to set up shop within the city.

Florida police chiefs, former justices call for rejection of revised marijuana proposal

Carrie Salls Oct. 24, 2016, 12:13am

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) and five former Florida Supreme Court justices have voiced opposition to a November ballot question that asks voters in the state to legalize marijuana through a constitutional amendment.  

Pulse nightclub first responders denied PTSD compensation

Michelle de Leon Oct. 20, 2016, 2:33pm

ORLANDO -- The state of Florida is being urged by one of the first responders in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting incident to allow those in their profession who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to receive long-term disability payments from the state.

Floridians advised to use state's price gouging hotline following the hurricane

Noell Wolfgram Evans Oct. 12, 2016, 11:31am

TALLAHASSEE - As Hurricane Matthew moved closer to Florida, residents were doing all that they could to prepare for the damage the storm was sure to bring. For Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, this meant activating the state’s price gouging hotline.

State of Florida, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office allegedly falsely arrested, imprisoned a man for eight days

Wadi Reformado Sep. 21, 2016, 2:43pm

JACKSONVILLE — An individual has filed suit against the state of Florida and a sheriff's office for alleged violation of his human rights after he allegedly was arrested without a warrant and imprisoned for eight days without proof of any wrongdoing, then released. 

Attorneys file lawsuit in Tallahassee to end ‘discriminatory’ tampon tax

Katie Chevrier Jul. 27, 2016, 10:55am

TALLAHASSEE – Bryan Gowdy, a Jacksonville attorney, and Dana Brooks, a Tallahassee attorney, recently filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of Florida for imposing sales tax on feminine products, which are not considered medical products by the state.