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A Florida-based company featured on the television show "Project Runway All Stars" is kicking off a new line of leather accessories as part of an effort to help survivors of human trafficking.

'Groveland Four' Posthumously Pardoned

Jan 11, 2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the independently elected Cabinet granted a pardon to four African-American men accused of raping a white woman almost 70 years ago.

DeSantis announced the posthumous pardons Friday for the men known as the Groveland Four.

Miami International Airport is closing a terminal this weekend due to the government shutdown because security screeners have been calling in sick at twice the airport's normal rate.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

There will be no parade when Florida Republican Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is sworn in next week as the 46th governor.

Florida established its risk protection law last year, following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland where 17 people were killed and another 17 wounded.
WLRN

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appointing to the state's education board the father of a teenager killed during a school shooting in Parkland.

Nick Evans / WFSU News

A sharply divided Florida Supreme Court rejected a nearly decade-old lawsuit Friday that claimed the state isn't living up to its constitutional requirement to provide a "high quality" education for all.

In doing so, the 4-3 decision Friday essentially renders meaningless a 1998 constitutional amendment approved by Florida voters that sought to strengthen guarantees for K-12 education.

Alachua County Fire Rescue

Five children heading to Disney World in a church van from Louisiana died along with two truck drivers in a fiery crash on Interstate 75 in north Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said Friday.

Governor's Office

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott was supposed to start his new job as a U.S. senator Thursday, but he delayed his swearing in ostensibly to keep his promise to fight for Floridians every day of his term.

Malcolm Elmore Beard, a former Hillsborough County sheriff and Florida state senator, has died. He was 99.

The Florida Channel

Florida's Republican-controlled state Senate agreed to pay $900,000 to settle a complaint filed by a high-ranking legislative aide who accused a former GOP state senator Jack Latvala of Clearwater of sexual misconduct.

Brevard Zoo

Officials say a 2-year-old girl has been injured after falling into the rhinoceros exhibit at a Florida zoo.

Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said the girl was taken to an Orlando hospital for treatment Tuesday afternoon. Her mother was also taken to a hospital for treatment. The incident happened at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne.

The number of sex offenders and predators living in Florida has been rising steadily for more than a decade, according to a new report put together by legislative auditors.

The report issued late last week stated that nearly 29,000 registered sex offenders and predators now reside in the state. That's an increase of 53 percent since 2005, when state legislators first ordered their auditors to review the state's efforts to keep an up-to-date registry of sex offenders.

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A Hillsborough sheriff's dive team pulled a woman to safety early on New Year's Day after another driver cut her off on Interstate 4 and her vehicle wound up upside down in a muddy ravine.

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The number of sex offenders and predators living in Florida has been rising steadily for more than a decade, according to a new report put together by legislative auditors.

Sheriff's deputies in Hillsborough have recovered a half-million dollar truckload of stolen tequila.

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Audio has emerged of Louis C.K. apparently mocking the students-turned-activists from the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

An analysis of state child welfare records shows that thousands of foster children in Florida have led transient lives, staying just a few nights in one place before being moved to another family or group home.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dirk Koetter seemed resigned to his fate.

The coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was fired Sunday night a little more than three hours after the Bucs concluded a disappointing season with a 34-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Three Florida cities have spilled almost 1 million gallons (3.8 million liters) of wastewater in recent days.

President Donald Trump has postponed his scheduled appearance Tuesday at The Villages in Sumter County following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight.

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A 21-year-old Florida woman is charged with manslaughter after police say she accidentally shot a teenager riding in car with her.

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A Florida police DUI enforcement effort ended up netting a police officer.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says it conducted what they call a "wolf pack" operation designed to seek drunk drivers late Friday and early Saturday. Among the 22 people arrested for driving under the influence was 44-year-old off-duty St. Petersburg police officer Lesandro E. Santiago.

Bodies. Chaos. The smell of gunpowder and blood. A deputy wandering aimlessly, muttering to himself.

The police response to the Florida high school massacre was delayed because school officials rewound a school surveillance video, making officers think the gunman was still in the building, a new report shows.

After months of widespread red tide infestation along Florida's coast, the noxious algae bloom is giving much of the state a break.

Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released — but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study led by a University of Florida psychologist suggests.

Florida Department of Corrections

A man who was convicted of beating and stabbing an elderly woman to death in Miami-Dade County 26 years ago is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday at the Florida State Prison.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

A Sarasota felon has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing nearly four tons of explosive fuses.

Mike Blake / Reuters/Landov/NPR

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. says it has been notified that the U.S. Department of Justice is ending its probe into whether company officials misled investors about the negative impact the documentary "Blackfish" was having on its business.

There were plenty of missteps in communication, security and school policy before and during the Florida high school massacre that allowed the gunman to kill 17 people. Now, the state commission investigating the shooting will consider a long list of recommendations addressing these problems statewide.

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