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Floridian Wins 2nd Case at Supreme Court Over Arrest During Public Comment

| June 19, 2018

Justices, in an 8-1 decision, sided with Fane Lozman, who filed a lawsuit against the city contending that the arrest involved retaliation for his outspoken criticism of officials in the Palm Beach County community.

Judge Says Legislature Illegally Spending Florida’s Land-Preservation Money on Operating Costs

| June 17, 2018

Striking a blow to the Legislature, a judge ruled lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands.

Five First Responders to the Pulse Massacre. One Diagnosis: PTSD.

| June 17, 2018

“My head’s still not right,” said one paramedic who responded to the Pulse nightclub shooting two years ago. He and some other responders say their departments haven’t given them the help they need.

Flagler Unemployment Settles Below 4% in Echo of Pre-Recession Vigor, Labor Force at New High

| June 15, 2018

The Flagler labor force hit a new high of 47,204, up 600 compared to a year ago. Of those, 45,423 residents are holding jobs either in the county or out of the county.

291 Gun Permits Wrongly Issued, But Adam Putnam Says “Public Safety Was Not At Risk”

| June 14, 2018

An employee stopped running background checks on hundreds of applicants. The problem led to heavy criticism of Putnam amid his campaign for governor.

Beyond Donation of 25 FHP Used Cars to Puerto Rico, an Island’s Policing in Crisis

| June 13, 2018

Puerto Rico right now is all about a cattle pen of system failures — but one of the most important is its broken and bleeding law enforcement structure.

Campaign Cash Fuels TV Ads for Adam Putnam and Philip Levine in Governor’s Race

| June 13, 2018

As the leading fundraisers in their party primaries for governor, Adam Putnam and Philip Levine have an advantage over their rivals when it comes to reaching voters.

Trouble For 9 Ballot Proposals, But Homestead Expansion and School Board Term Limits Would Pass

| June 12, 2018

Bans on offshore oil drilling and vaping in workplaces and restaurants, new ethics standard for public officials and voting rights to ex-felons would all fail.

School Massacre Commission Hears Troubling Account Of Ineffective Database and Information-Sharing

| June 11, 2018

Panelists on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission discussed shortcomings in a database designed to capture information about troubled students.

Rise in Florida’s Uninsured Children Contrasts With Continued Declines in Other Big States

| June 8, 2018

Florida lost ground while states such as Texas and California continued to make progress. Those states lowered their uninsured rates by 1 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.

29 Million Domestic Visitors Push Florida Tourism To New Quarterly Record

| June 6, 2018

Florida drew an estimated 33.2 million visitors from January through March, which was a 7.4 percent increase over the same period in 2017.

Billionaire Investor Jeff Greene Becomes 5th Florida Democrat In Race For Governor

| June 5, 2018

Greene, 63, who lives in Palm Beach two doors down from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

Legalizing Recreational Pot Key Issue For Florida Democrats’ Gubernatorial Candidates

| June 3, 2018

John Morgan calls recreational weed a make-or-break issue for Democratic candidates seeking to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Florida Prisons Proposal To Cut Visitation Hours In Half Draws Outrage and Pleas

| May 31, 2018

Visits help cut recidivism and keep families close, as recognized even by state law, but Florida prison officials are looking to cut costs.

John Ward’s Insult To Puerto Ricans

| May 30, 2018

John Ward is a GOP candidate for the congressional that includes Flagler. He doesn’t think Puerto Rican storm refugees–American citizens, all–should register to vote in Florida. He’s wrong.

Court Largely Sides With Florida State In Weapons Dispute With Florida Carry

| May 29, 2018

An appeals court Friday backed Florida State University in much of a legal battle with a gun-rights group about weapons on campus, though the case goes back to circuit court.

Yes, You May Smoke It: Judge Rules Florida’s Ban on Smoking Medical Marijuana Unconstitutional

| May 28, 2018

Judge Karen Gievers found that a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2016 gives eligible patients the right to smoke the treatment in private.

Sales Tax ‘Holiday’ For Disaster-Preparedness Supplies Set For June 1-7 Across Florida

| May 25, 2018

Expanded from three days last year, the tax holiday has drawn added attention after Florida experienced hurricanes in 2016 and 2017 after a decade’s calm.

Yet Another Storm Brews With Heavy Rains–and Hurricane Season on Horizon

| May 24, 2018

A massive storm over the Yucatan Peninsula may drench Florida over Memorial Day weekend, days before the start of another hurricane season.

Brushing Aside 1st Amendment Claim, Appeals Court Uphold Florida Ban on a Prison Magazine

| May 22, 2018

Florida alone among 50 states bans Prison Legal News. Paul Wright, the publisher of the magazine, intends to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

FPL Will Reimburse Customers Modest Amount Following Overcharge For Matthew Recovery

| May 21, 2018

For a residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, the credit would amount to $3.18, to be credited in a future bill.

In Lawsuit, Pam Bondi Accuses Pill Manufacturers of Causing Opioid Crisis

| May 17, 2018

Bondi filed a civil suit accusing five of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers and four distributors of causing the opioid crisis that is killing an average 15 Floridians daily.

Court Upholds Shifting Burden of Proof to Prosecution in Stand Your Ground Cases

| May 15, 2018

With backing from the NRA the Legislature in 2017 shifted the burden from defendants to prosecutors to prove whether self-defense claims are justified.

After Worst Harvest in 8 Decades, Florida Citrus Industry Is Losing Its Iconic Status

| May 14, 2018

Florida’s overall citrus production for the current season to 49.65 million boxes, the lowest cumulative mark since the 1937-38 season, when 40.87 million boxes were filled.

ProPublica, WMFE and Orlando Public Library to Host Forum on PTSD in First Responders

| May 13, 2018

First responders who are interested in sharing their stories are also invited to register for interview recording sessions.

No Move to Plug Budget Despite Warnings About Cuts to Prisons’ Substance-Abuse Programs

| May 11, 2018

The Senate appropriations chairman said lawmakers aren’t planning to plug a $28 million budget gap at the Florida Department of Corrections until next year.

New Gambling Rule Would End ‘Designated-Player’ Card Games, Costing Millions

| May 8, 2018

Florida gambling regulators’ rule could cost $50 million a year and hundreds of jobs, according to a lawyer representing several of the state’s cardroom operators.

State Objects to Anonymity of 19 Year Old Woman Seeking to Join NRA Lawsuit

| May 7, 2018

Lawyers for Attorney General Pam Bondi asked a federal judge to deny the anonymity request, calling it unjustified, and open court proceedings more important.

Flagler Judge DuPont’s Fate in Supreme Court’s Hands As He Pleads For ‘Second Chance’

| May 4, 2018

Flagler and Putnam Circuit Judge Scott DuPont, facing removal, filed his last pleading before the Florida Supreme Court decides his fate in the next few weeks.

Florida Prisons’ 40% Cut in Substance-Abuse and Mental-Health Treatment Draw Criticism

| May 4, 2018

Some $7.6 million in substance-abuse services in prisons will be eliminated, Another $1.6 million will be cut in transitional housing services.

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