News stories impacting Florida.

Florida Supreme Court Refuses To Take Up Tobacco Case

Dec 4, 2017
Florida Supreme Court exterior
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In a victory for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case that initially involved a more than $23 billion verdict against the cigarette maker.

Gov. Rick Scott
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Gov. Rick Scott has yet to dip into the $85 million lawmakers set aside this year to attract new businesses to Florida, but he's already seeking to replenish the pool of money.

FSU's Jimbo Fisher Accepts Texas A&M Football Coaching Job

Dec 1, 2017
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Florida State University will be searching for a new head football coach.  Jimbo Fisher has accepted a job at Texas A&M University.

Larry Robinson Named FAMU's 12th President

Dec 1, 2017
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After serving three times as the university's interim leader, Larry Robinson has been named the 12th president of Florida A&M University in a unanimous vote by the school's trustees.


After repeated legislative debates in recent years about the greyhound industry, Florida voters could decide in 2018 whether to ban dog racing in the state.

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Thursday is the last day of the highly active, deadly and destructive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, but Floridians will feel its impact for years.

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Gov. Rick Scott will embark this weekend on a trade mission to Israel that he instantly made political on Wednesday by calling for the U.S. Embassy to be relocated to Jerusalem.

Assisted Living Facilities Face $280 Million Tab For Generators

Nov 29, 2017
Westwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Gov. Rick Scott's mandate that all assisted living facilities have generators and 96 hours of backup fuel will cost the industry about $280 million, according to estimates published Wednesday by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

Proposed Vaping Ban Gets Constitution Panel's Unanimous Backing

Nov 29, 2017
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A ban on vaping in workplaces is one step closer to appearing on the 2018 ballot after a panel of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission unanimously approved the proposal on Tuesday.

Medical Malpractice Records Battle Brews In Florida

Nov 28, 2017
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Florida voters next year could be asked to once again dive into a never-ending tug-of-war over medical malpractice lawsuits.

State Pays Millions In Sexual Harrassment Cases

Nov 28, 2017

The state during the past 30 years has paid more than $11 million to settle over 300 complaints filed by women and men who alleged sexual harassment in the workplace or said they worked in hostile environments, according to information released Monday.

Panel Eyes Vaping Restriction, Patient Rights

Nov 27, 2017
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Vaping could be banned in workplaces, and nursing-home and assisted-living facility residents could be guaranteed certain rights --- including the ability to sue without limitations --- as part of a series of health-care related proposals being considered by a Florida panel that has the power to place proposed constitutional amendments on the 2018 ballot.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a challenge to a Florida law that bars people from openly carrying firearms in public, ending a case that started nearly six years ago when a man was arrested in St. Lucie County.

CSX Train Carrying Molten Sulfur Derails In Polk County

Nov 27, 2017
Polk County Fire Rescue

Four train cars that were carrying molten sulfur are among those that derailed near Lakeland, Fla., early Monday, prompting emergency officials to warn local residents to stay indoors and close their windows. Several cars are believed to have leaked.

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Gov. Rick Scott is asking that a Florida Supreme Court justice be disqualified from ruling on a case focused on whether Scott has the authority to appoint three new justices before leaving office in early 2019.