The father of a toddler killed in an alligator attack at Walt Disney World reached his hands inside the animal's jaws as he tried to pry them open and free his son.

According to a final report released Monday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the alligator sank teeth into 2-year-old Lane Graves' skull and neck before drowning him on June 14th. The boy's submerged body was recovered the next day.

As expected, the Zika outbreak in Florida is growing — though how fast is still difficult to say.

State and federal health officials say mosquitoes are spreading Zika in two neighborhoods of Miami, including Miami Beach. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told pregnant women Friday not to go into these neighborhoods — and to consider postponing travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County.

Florida’s largest electric utility is asking for a $1.3 billion rate hike.   It’s making its pitch to state regulators.

Recently, on a hot summer morning with cumulus clouds towering overhead, black cattle grazed in South Florida fields, dotting the horizon along with clumps of palm trees. At the Big Cypress Reservation, Moses Jumper is a tribal elder and owner of nearly 300 head — and a fourth-generation cattleman.

With a legislative battle brewing, state regulators listened to hours of testimony Tuesday as they decide whether to approve a 19.6 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates.

UPDATE: If you think you've spotted  a New Guinea flatworm in your area, the recommendation is to not touch it, take a picture of it and report it to state wildlife officials at 888-IVE-GOT1.

An invasive flatworm could potentially threaten wildlife, and even people in Southwest Florida. The New Guinea Flatworm was first found in the state near Miami more than a year ago. Now, they’ve popped up in Cape Coral, and most recently, Sanibel Island. 

Congressman Patrick Murphy, D-FL, is touting environmentalists' support. The candidate for U.S. Senate says if elected, he would push to clean up the waters in South Florida affected by toxic blue-green algae.

Florida officials are warning people about identity theft scammers—a common form of financial fraud.

It’s not exactly something you’d expect to see hanging in the Louvre. A very unusual art exhibit is on display at the University of North Florida Gallery of Art.

An appeals court says Florida's teacher union has no legal right to challenge the state's largest private school voucher program.

The endangered ghost orchid is making a comeback in the Everglades, thanks to a team of Florida scientists.

Shock, Grief After Police Shooting in Punta Gorda

Aug 12, 2016
Sue Paquin / Charlotte Sun Herald

PUNTA GORDA — The maze of yellow crime-scene tape that covered most of the parking lot at the Punta Gorda Police Department earlier was gone by the time Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis addressed reporters Wednesday afternoon.

The State of Florida is holding a “garage sale” of sorts this Saturday in Tampa. Diamonds, rubies and pearls are among the more than 70,000 items that will be up for bid.

It’s the annual Unclaimed Property Auction and will include featured items like an 18-karat gold Rolex-brand watch, rare coins, vintage jewelry and collectibles like sports trading cards featuring Hank Aaron, Dan Marino and Larry Bird.


The Punta Gorda policeman who tragically shot and killed a retired librarian when he fired real bullets — instead of blanks — at her during a citizens academy is a former Miramar officer with a troubled record, forced to resign from his job at the end of his rookie year.

Three years before the shooting that led to the death of 73-year-old Mary Knowlton on Tuesday, Lee Coel was accused twice of using excessive force and relieved of his duties before investigators found he violated department policies and was allowed to resign.

Gov. Rick Scott has been attacking Congress’ inability to pass a spending package for Zika virus prevention.  

But, POLITICO Florida recently took a look back at Scott’s own history with the state’s efforts to fight mosquitos.

Reporters Christine Sexton and Marc Caputo reported how Scott reduced state aid to mosquito-control programs by 40 percent in the year after he was elected.