News stories that impact the state of Florida.

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Updated 7/13/16

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL5) responded to her federal indictment in a blog post Sunday, suggesting charges against her are the result of racism.

Sources: Federal Grand Jury Reaches Decision On Corrine Brown

Jul 7, 2016
Corrine Brown
U.S. House of Representatives

A federal grand jury has concluded its proceedings, including an investigation of Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Florida). News4Jax also learned federal prosecutors could announce a decision as early as Friday.

greenhouses and plants
Loop's Nursery

More than two years after lawmakers legalized a limited type of medical marijuana, an administrative law judge heard arguments Wednesday in a dispute about whether a Northeast Florida nursery should receive one of the highly sought-after licenses to grow, process and distribute the non-euphoric pot.

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TALLAHASSEE — The 2016 Florida Legislature appears to have been the richest in recent history.

And a couple of incoming freshmen, recently elected without opposition, could help make the 2017 class even wealthier.

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Updated at 3:45 Friday:

Siding with Planned Parenthood affiliates, a federal judge late Thursday blocked key provisions of a sweeping new state law that would have barred abortion providers from receiving public funds for other services and required a dramatic increase in inspections of abortion records by health officials.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle's preliminary injunction came just hours before the new law would have gone into effect.

What Does Texas Abortion Ruling Mean For Florida?

Jun 27, 2016
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A law limiting abortion access and funds to family services agencies in Florida might be impacted from Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision to throw out a similar law in Texas.

Planned Parenthood is challenging the part of Florida law HB1411, which prohibits it from receiving public funding, even for non-abortion services. 

The White House

TALLAHASSEE — President Barack Obama — in what is becoming an all-too-familiar role as the consoler-in-chief — spent Thursday afternoon in Orlando, comforting the family members of victims and survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre.

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida taxpayers are on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees for the state's failed attempt to fine four abortion clinics accused of performing second-trimester abortions without proper licenses.

Names Of 33 Victims In Pulse Nightclub Shooting Released

Jun 13, 2016

ORLANDO — Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said 48 of 49 victims slain in the mass shooting inside the Pulse nightclub were identified by Monday morning.

The city has released the names of 33 victims after notifying next of kin.

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Federal investigators are diving 15,300 feet below the Caribbean to try again to retrieve the voyage-data recorder from the sunken El Faro cargo ship.

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  TALLAHASSEE — Weighing a racially tinged case that drew national attention, an appeals court heard arguments Tuesday about whether Michael Dunn was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot teenager Jordan Davis in 2012 in the parking lot of a Jacksonville convenience store.

State of Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Florida taxpayers are on the hook for almost $500,000 in fees to lawyers who successfully challenged the state's prohibition against same-sex marriage.

Ryan Benk

The state of Florida hasn't been hit with a hurricane in more than a decade, and that has state emergency managers concerned residents might not be prepared for the worst.

Bear killed during hunt

TALLAHASSEE — Wildlife officials will use input from an ongoing series of webinars to help make their case about how a black-bear hunt could be held later this year, even as many of the questions posed come from critics.

Aaron Bean

Last year, Governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that state lawmakers had approved asking for $50,000 to create a task force to study Florida’s cold case practices.

For Ryan Backmann, creator of the cold case database, getting the bill passed is personal.