Florida

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala has sued Gov. Rick Scott, challenging his ability to remove her from death penalty cases.
WMFE

State lawmakers are proposing to cut the budget for Orange and Osceola State Attorney’s office by $1.3 million and twenty-one positions.

Republican Rep. Scott Plakon of Longwood is steering the effort as part of the House Judiciary Appropriations Subcommittee, which released a draft of the budget on Monday.

“We thought that if she’s not going to do part of her job, basically, that we would withhold some of that money pending on what the governor does and so forth,” Plakon said in a phone interview.

Florida House lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to revamp the state’s information technology system.

The lead contamination in Flint, Michigan and the sewage spills in St. Petersburg are only two of many examples of why more consumers are asking questions about the quality of their own drinking water.

That's one of the findings of a new survey being released this week by the Water Quality Association, a national trade organization representing the water treatment industry.

The fight over whether Florida Gov. Rick Scott can take away an officer-killing case from a prosecutor because she no longer will seek the death penalty in any cases is returning to a courtroom in Orlando.

House Could Pass Health Care Changes

Mar 28, 2017

With Republican leaders looking for ways to revamp the health-care system, the House could pass bills this week that deal with doctor-patient relationships, ambulatory surgical centers and what are known as "recovery care centers."

Peter Haden / WLRN

West Palm Beach is officially a “Welcoming City” for immigrants.

The city commission passed a resolution Monday that bars city employees – including police – from inquiring into a person’s immigration status, or disclosing it to others.


A House panel faced stiff opposition as it passed a measure assigning heightened punishments to undocumented immigrants.

The Florida House is pushing for $164 million in budget cuts in its initial higher-education budgets.

Under a plan outlined by the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Monday, universities would see a $110 million cut, while state colleges would face $61 million in reductions. Small increases in other higher-education programs, including workforce education and private colleges, lowers the proposed net reduction to $164 million.

Scott Takes Aim At Corcoran Over Legal Work For Enterprise Florida

Mar 27, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday upped his personal battle with House Speaker Richard Corcoran about the future of the state's business-recruitment agency.

Kim McDougal, Scott's chief of staff, sent a memo to state agency heads directing a review of legal contracts in response to a Tampa Bay Times report last week that Enterprise Florida has contracted with Broad & Cassel, a law firm that employs Corcoran.

Courtesy of Oceana

A new study shows shark-related diving in Florida is a growing business, generating some $221 million annually for shops and other providers.

A couple researchers created fake mangroves in Manasota Key to bring back marine life that was lost from development. Along Florida’s coasts are seawalls-- built to prevent the shoreline from eroding. But that defense sometimes means removing natural habitats. Experts are now trying to turn these solid barriers into thriving ecosystems.

House Approves Employee Insurance Overhaul

Mar 24, 2017

In an issue that split Republicans and Democrats, the House on Thursday approved a bill that would revamp the health-insurance program for state employees.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran is doubling down on tough talk about Orange County State Attorney Aramis Ayala.  Corcoran says her blanket decision not to seek the death penalty crosses a line and he urges Florida Governor Rick Scott to suspend the prosecutor.

 

“So she has that right to say in this particular case for these reasons we’ve decided not to seek the death penalty,” Corcoran says. 

Amy Green / WMFE

Pulse victims and family members are taking legal action against the security firm that employed the gunman in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

Dozens of victims and family members plan on filing a complaint Wednesday in federal court against G4S Security Solutions.

They allege the security firm failed to report changes in Omar Mateen’s mental health and seize his weapon before the nightclub shooting that left 49 dead last June.

Publix Supermarkets

Doctors are in short supply, but a new partnership could help patients get a quicker appointment - at their grocery store.

In the coming months, BayCare Health System will be creating "telehealth" centers at  Publix Super Markets in the Tampa Bay area.

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