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Stories by News Service of Florida

Stories by News Service of Florida

DeSantis signs $116.5 billion budget

June 13, 2024
Tallahassee – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed a $116.5 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, after vetoing close to $950 million in spending approved by lawmakers in March.

State seeks stay of abortion ‘statement’ ruling

June 12, 2024
Tallahassee – The state late Tuesday asked an appeals court to put on hold a circuit judge’s decision that required changes to a “financial impact statement” that will appear on the November ballot with a proposed constitutional amendment about abortion rights.

Financial Disclosure Law Blocked

June 11, 2024
Tallahassee – A federal judge has blocked a 2023 Florida law that required municipal elected officials to disclose detailed information about their personal finances, ruling that the law likely violated First Amendment rights.

Feds fire back on Title IX gender rule

June 10, 2024
Tallahassee – The Biden administration has urged a U.S. district judge to reject efforts by Florida and other states to block a new federal rule about sex-based discrimination in education programs.

Another look sought in FPL Irma case

June 7, 2024
Tallahassee – Attorneys for Florida Power & Light customers late Thursday asked an appeals court to reconsider a ruling that dealt a blow to a lawsuit alleging the utility did not meet obligations to help prevent power outages during Hurricane Irma.

Justices back DeSantis in prosecutor suspension

June 6, 2024
Tallahassee – The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to suspend Orlando-area State Attorney Monique Worrell, saying he made adequate allegations of neglect of duty and incompetence.

Justices weigh UF campus shutdown case

June 5, 2024
Tallahassee – In one of numerous similar lawsuits in Florida and across the country, the state Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed whether a University of Florida graduate student could seek to require the school to refund money for services that were not provided during a COVID-19 campus shutdown in 2020.

FHSAA approves athlete-pay rules

June 4, 2024
Tallahassee – The Florida High School Athletic Association on Tuesday opened the door for student-athletes to earn money from business agreements such as endorsement deals, with the organization’s president calling the move a “good starting point.”

Down-ballot effect unlikely from Trump conviction

June 3, 2024
Tallahassee – Political experts don’t anticipate last week’s conviction of former President Donald Trump in New York will create significant down-ballot momentum — either way — for candidates in Florida.

Trump verdict draws outrage, praise

May 31, 2024
Tallahassee – Florida Republicans on Thursday quickly attacked the conviction of former President Donald Trump on 34 counts of falsifying business records, while Democrats said the verdict showed nobody is above the law.
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