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Florida's highest court on Tuesday will hear a case that may determine the fate of some 390 people on the state's death row. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida's system for imposing the death penalty is unconstitutional.

Florida has an execution set for next week. The state's highest court now must decide whether it can go forward.

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Florida State University announced Monday that it has agreed to pay almost $1 million to settle a lawsuit by a woman who accused the school's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback of sexual assault in a case that sparked a national conversation on athletics and rape.

Negron Questions FDLE On Backlog Of Rape Kits

Jan 14, 2016

The powerful chairman of a Senate committee that oversees the criminal-justice budget said Wednesday that Florida's backlog of thousands of untested rape kits is one of his top priorities.

Cabinet To Get Final Report On Dozier School

Jan 14, 2016

University of South Florida researchers next week will present a final report to Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet about work at the shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.

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“My son name is Herbert Henderson. He was murdered on Nov. 7, 2012,” says Mary Henderson.

“My son was killed Sept. 10, 2015,"  says Neikole Hunt, her pain, still fresh, makes her voice crack. "His name is Randall Robinson.”

These moms belong to a group that calls itself Miami-Dade Parents of Murdered Kids.

They meet every month in the new North District county police station and they all share the same tragic story: They lost their children to gun violence.

The parents are focused on making changes to a system they say is broken.

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01/05/16 - Tuesday’s Topical Currents examines a project of the Florida Attorney General’s office called, SENIORS versus CRIME, particularly in the areas of fraud and elder abuse.

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Memorial services were held over the weekend for Amiere Castro. The 7-year-old boy was killed in South Miami-Dade last week during a drive-by shooting – just the latest South Florida child to die by gunfire in recent months.

Castro was visiting relatives at a house in Richmond Heights on December 27 when automatic rifle fire broke out over a drug dispute. The boy, a first-grader at Coral Reef Elementary School, was the only person killed.

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Calls by black state lawmakers on Wednesday for an independent probe into the fatal police shooting of a Delray Beach property manager and musician after his car broke down along I-95 were heeded by the governor — but brushed aside by the Palm Beach County state prosecutor.

After the state legislative Black Caucus gathered in Tallahassee to make its demand, Florida Gov. Rick Scott offered to enlist the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to help investigate what led to the death of Corey Jones.

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Outrage over the fatal shooting of a Boynton Beach man by a Palm Beach Gardens police officer reached the state Capitol on Wednesday, as members of the black legislative caucus called for an independent review of the man's death.

They also called for legislation that would put safeguards in place for future incidents, including body cameras for law-enforcement officers, dashboard cameras for police vehicles and automatic reviews of all police-related shootings.

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Key West police clocked a motorcycle driven by Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz going 74 mph on a road where the posted limit is 30 mph Saturday evening. When police pulled over the motorcycle, they described the driver as having a "strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath," according to reports.

When he first stopped, Diaz had trouble controlling the motorcycle and it almost fell over.

"I'm Commissioner Diaz. I apologize," he told officers. Later, he tells them, "I'm the most pro-police guy there is," and apologized again.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi put added pressure Wednesday on lawmakers to increase funding for crime labs as she detailed a massive backlog of untested rape kits across the state.

"Those need to be tested because, hidden in those estimated thousands of untested rape kits, we have the potential to solve cold cases and lock up sexual predators and make Florida the safest place to live and raise a family," Bondi said during a news conference at The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.

Left For Dead: Inside America’s Coldest Cases

Sep 3, 2015
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There are more than 10,000 known Jane and John Does in the U.S. – unidentified and unclaimed bodies languishing in limbo for years, sometimes for decades. In this episode of Reveal, we crisscross the nation tracing Jane and John Doe cases, showing why so many bodies remain unidentified despite new and powerful forensic tools. Often, the job of solving these cases is taken up by amateur Web sleuths.

She never left Harlan alive

In 1969, a young woman was stabbed to death in Harlan, Kentucky, and buried without a name.

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The city of Key West is joining the ranks of South Florida municipalities where possession of small amounts of marijuana is treated as a civil code violation, not a criminal act.

On Tuesday, the city commission unanimously approved an ordinance that would allow police officers discretion to cite people with less than 20 grams of marijuana, rather than charge them with a misdemeanor. The citation would carry a $100 fine.

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The death of an inmate on Florida's death row is being investigated as a potential crime, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Lloyd Chase Allen, 69, died Wednesday at the state prison hospital in Lake Butler.

He had been on Death Row since 1993, when he was convicted in Monroe Circuit Court of first degree murder for the stabbing death of Dortha Cribbs.

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A Key West man was arrested this week on a federal charge after planning to bury a backpack timer bomb on the beach and set it off remotely with a cell phone, according to a charging document unsealed Tuesday. 

According to the affidavit, Harlem Suarez, 23, listed his "likes" on a Facebook account under his real name as "Jihadist," "Extraordinary Prayer for ISIS" and "Prayers for ISIS: Weapons of our Warfare." 

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