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Michael Peltier

Florida governor seeks higher school aid, business tax cuts

Jan 31 2013

TALLAHASSEE Florida's Republican governor on Thursday proposed a hefty $4 billion hike in state spending in a budget plan that includes a $1.2 billion increase in school aid, cuts in business taxes, and relies on fatter state sales-tax collections.

Trayvon Martin's mother urges Florida to repeal self-defense law

Jan 16 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Florida The mother of Trayvon Martin urged lawmakers on Wednesday to throw their support behind a bill that would repeal Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law, which she blamed for the death of her son who would have turned 18 on February 5.

Florida governor meets Sebelius on healthcare, bridles at cost

Jan 07 2013

Florida Governor Rick Scott kept up his attacks on Obamacare on Monday even after meeting U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, complaining that federal healthcare reforms could cost Florida $26 billion over the next decade.

Lapses led to Florida A&M drum major hazing death: report

Dec 28 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Florida Florida A&M University failed to follow state law and its own internal regulations on hazing ahead of a drum major's death from injuries after being beaten in a brutal marching band ritual in November 2011, a new report said on Friday.

It's OK to crank up the music, Florida Supreme Court rules

Dec 13 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Florida Motorist Richard Catalano's five-year quest to crank up Justin Timberlake tunes on his way to work won the blessing of the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday.

It's OK to crank up the music, Florida Supreme Court rules

Dec 13 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Florida Motorist Richard Catalano's five-year quest to crank up Justin Timberlake tunes on his way to work won the blessing of the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday.

Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons

Dec 12 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Florida The number of active concealed weapons licenses in Florida, already home to more owners of such registered weapons than any other U.S. state, is expected to reach the 1 million mark next week, a state official said on Wednesday.

Former Florida policeman executed for 1986 killing spree

Dec 12 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Florida Florida executed a former police officer on Tuesday for a 1986 killing spree in which he murdered nine people whom he described in court as "parasites" and "leeches" and had "no right to live," a spokeswoman for Governor Rick Scott said.

Python bounty hunters are latest tool in Florida eradication effort

Dec 06 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Florida Florida wildlife officials are looking for a few good snake slayers as they enlist the public to combat a proliferation of pythons that have invaded the Florida Everglades.

Python bounty hunters are latest tool in Florida eradication effort

Dec 06 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Florida Florida wildlife officials are looking for a few good snake slayers as they enlist the public to combat a proliferation of pythons that have invaded the Florida Everglades.

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