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A second Miami judge has ruled that the Florida Legislature’s decision to broaden the protection of the long controversial “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law is unconstitutional.

The ruling adds to an ongoing legal fight over whether lawmakers overstepped their authority when they revised the law to shift the burden to prosecutors, who are now forced to disprove a defendant’s claim of self-defense in hearings mandated before any trial can take place.

The state’s effort to train more nurses has fallen short, leaving questions about whether Florida will be able to care for an increasing number of patients, according to a report from the Sun Sentinel.


State Defends Use Of New Execution Drug

Aug 4, 2017

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office Thursday asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject an appeal from Mark James Asay, a Death Row prisoner whose scheduled Aug. 24 execution would be the first in more than 18 months in the state.

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A South Florida lawmaker is on a personal crusade to reduce distracted driving.

State Rep. Emily Slosberg is pushing cities and all 67 counties in Florida to pass a resolution urging lawmakers to make texting while driving a primary offense.

According to state data, there were almost 50,000 crashes involving distracted driving in Florida last year. That’s more than five crashes every hour.

At a recent Boca Raton City Council meeting, Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, said she tried to get a similar law passed during the last legislative session but was unsuccessful.

Michael Smith graduated from a Caribbean medical school in 2014 with a degree and a mountain of debt.

He wants to start paying it off, but first he needs a medical license. The only way to get that is by completing his final years of medical training at a residency program in the United States.

State Issues More Medical Marijuana Licenses

Aug 2, 2017

Two more medical-marijuana businesses have joined seven already licensed by the state, and another three are in the works, as the potentially lucrative industry continues to develop.

Keith Flaugh is a retired IBM executive living in Naples, Fla., and a man with a mission. He describes it as "getting the school boards to recognize ... the garbage that's in our textbooks."

Flaugh helped found Florida Citizens' Alliance, a conservative group that fought unsuccessfully to stop Florida from signing on to Common Core educational standards.

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Florida takes its hits, from late-night TV jokes to, now, even a ranking as the worst state in the nation for a “staggeringly impressive” “awfulness resume,” according to the website Thrillist.

But for all the Flori-duh jokes (that we make, too, but we live here so it’s OK), this is an astonishingly large, diverse, beautiful, interesting and yeah, sometimes staggeringly awful place — and it has produced some remarkable works of literature.

When appendicitis struck a young mother vacationing in St. Pete Beach eight years ago, she was rushed to Palms of Pasadena Hospital. There, Dr. Ernest Rehnke removed her appendix.

Emergency management officials will collect water samples to test for E.coli on Monday in the immediate neighborhood where a sinkhole swallowed two homes in Florida.

A sinkhole that swallowed a boat and destroyed two homes in Pasco County has stopped growing though officials said they would continue monitor it before determining when cleanup can begin.

Even after Florida’s medical marijuana bill became law, some communities are still deciding on the language of their own ordinances.

Growing Sinkhole Destroys Homes In Land O'Lakes

Jul 14, 2017

Updated at 3:30 p.m.

A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in Pasco County swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted officials to evacuate residents from 10 other homes on Friday.

A justice watchdog group is calling on the Constitution revision commission to tweak the process that sends new judges to the bench.

Homeowners Seek To Overturn Scott’s Citrus Veto

Jun 21, 2017

Homeowners and their lawyers asked the Florida Supreme Court late Tuesday to overturn Gov. Rick Scott's decision this month to veto $37.4 million intended for residents whose healthy citrus trees were cut down as the state tried to eradicate citrus-canker disease.

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