In an attempt to decrease the number of juvenile arrests in Florida, civil citations have taken the place of handcuffs and a cell. Advocates see this as a better option – one that teaches young offenders that jail isn't the only option.
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&&& 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.
TALLAHASSEE — Jon Steverson has resigned from his position as secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection after two years.
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.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The drama continues around who controls the ability to operate banked card games in the state of Florida.
TALLAHASSEE -- A recent report has revealed that trial lawyers contributed a total of $6.2 million to Florida candidates' political campaigns this election cycle.
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.
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.
ORLANDO -- A review of federal crash data has revealed that Florida has the highest number of deaths by car accident drowning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.