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Ayala V. Scott Death Penalty Dispute Heads to Florida Supreme Court

The dispute between Governor Rick Scott and Orange-Osceola state attorney Aramis Ayala over the death penalty advances to state Supreme Court Wednesday morning with oral arguments. Attorneys for both sides will have twenty minutes to argue whether it was legal for Governor Scott to take two dozen murder cases from Ayala’s office and reassign them to fifth circuit prosecutor Brad King. The move came after Ayala announced in March that she would not pursue the death penalty in the ninth circuit...

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Breaking Down BCRA: The Senate Health Care Overhaul & Florida

The U.S. Senate could vote by July on a bill that promises sweeping changes to health care in America. The Better Care Reconciliation Act , a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare), promises to reduce the federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. It could also strip healthcare from 15 million Americans by 2018. Other proposed cuts to Medicaid likely see that number grow.

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Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill

Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET Americans broadly disapprove of the Senate GOP's health care bill, and they're unhappy with how Republicans are handling the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll . Just 17 percent of those surveyed say they approve of the Senate's health care plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Fifty-five percent say they disapprove, while about a quarter said they hadn't heard enough about the proposal to have an...

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Residents in Lee and Broward Counties took Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Supreme Court this week. They’re trying to overturn Scott’s vetoes of state money owed to them after agriculture officials destroyed their healthy citrus trees. The homeowners also took the state’s agriculture commissioner to lower courts.

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Five present or former Punta Gorda police officers took the stand Tuesday at the trial of suspended police chief Tom Lewis. He’s charged with culpable negligence in the shooting death of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton during a shoot/don’t shoot scenario during a Citizens Academy at police headquarters last August.  

A No Casinos organizer is expressing his disappointment after Governor Rick Scott rejected warning labels for Florida Lottery tickets.

Visit Florida's Vice President Steps Down

7 hours ago

Vice President of Florida’s tourism agency, Alfredo Gonzalez is stepping down. Spokesman Stephen Lawson says Visit Florida’s current President, Ken Lawson will lead the organization forward.

Scott Signs Economic Development, School Funding BIlls

7 hours ago

Gov. Rick Scott signed 29 bills late Monday, including measures boosting spending on education, tourism marketing and economic development.

Last week, Hillsborough County Commissioners voted against removing a Confederate memorial that has stood outside the county courthouse for more than a century. On Tuesday, a group of protesters met to keep up the pressure.

The dispute between Governor Rick Scott and Orange-Osceola state attorney Aramis Ayala over the death penalty advances to state Supreme Court Wednesday morning with oral arguments. Attorneys for both sides will have twenty minutes to argue whether it was legal for Governor Scott to take two dozen murder cases from Ayala’s office and reassign them to fifth circuit prosecutor Brad King.

Scott Seeks To Scuttle Challenge To Citrus Money Veto

Jun 27, 2017

Attorneys for Gov. Rick Scott argued Monday the Florida Supreme Court should reject a lawsuit challenging the governor’s veto of $37.4 million that would compensate homeowners for healthy citrus trees cut down by the state.

Florida is leading the nation in the number of people killed by lightning strikes.


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Governor Rick Scott signed a measure into law Tuesday, named for a Cape Coral teen who was killed when a driver did not yield to a stopped school bus. 

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