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Florida legislators have a clear track record when it comes to doing what voters tell them.

They don’t.

You passed the "education lottery."

They turned the funding into a shell game and left Florida schools among the worst funded in America.

You passed Fair Districts.

They spent more than $10 million...


As the top attorney at the Florida Virtual School, Frank Kruppenbacher used school employees for "excessive" work on his own "outside business activities," paid his daughter’s boyfriend to investigate a former virtual school executive and likely made "boorish" comments to women in the office, according...


On Thursday night, Jennifer Amy St. Clair joined a man she met online for a first date, a motorcycle ride with two other couples to a bar in downtown Delray Beach.

Early Friday morning, her body — run over multiple times — was found on Interstate 95 in Pompano Beach.

It’s still not known how she...


A frost warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Tuesday night over Central Florida, prompting homeless shelters and churches to open their doors to anyone seeking shelter for the night.

Temperatures in Central Florida are expected to dip to a low of 40 degrees Tuesday night.

In Orlando,...


Seminole County commissioners on Tuesday evening rejected a developer’s request to rezone roughly 26 acres off State Road 436 just west of Altamonte Springs to allow a residential tower of up to eight stories high, after dozens of residents voiced their opposition to the development.

"This is not...


Authorities say a Central Florida police officer shot and wounded an unarmed man while responding to a 911 call.

A Cocoa police news release says 54-year-old Keith Seal was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his elbow early Tuesday morning. His injury wasn't considered life-threatening.

Police...


The family of Jennifer Kesse, an Orlando woman who disappeared almost 13 years ago, is suing the Orlando Police Department hoping to get records from her case file.

Kesse’s family have said they want detectives to give them the documents so that, after more than a decade without answers, they can...


Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said his agency is changing the way it conducts "Code Red" exercises at local schools after an unannounced drill at Lake Brantley High School panicked students and infuriated parents last week.

Going forward, Lemma said the sheriff’s office will still conduct...


In a tiny office in east Orange County, a company called Global Technology Integrators is creating thousands of smells meant to bring even more life to virtual reality.

And that means the hallway that leads to GTI’s office can smell like chocolate chip cookies — or something really, really foul.

...

In a case with echoes of the furor involving a Stanford University swimmer two years ago, advocates for sex-crime victims say the plea bargain that enabled a former Baylor University fraternity president to stay out of jail is another failure by the legal system.

In the Texas case, Jacob Walter...


The Rev. Al Sharpton stopped in Orlando on Tuesday and called on black churches and clergy to lead efforts in registering ex-felons to vote, following the passage of an amendment restoring that right to 1.4 million Floridians.

"We must use this state as ground zero to be a template for doing this...


A family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Universal, claiming a man died after he rode the King Kong ride in 2016.

Jose Calderon Arana collapsed and died shortly after riding the attraction on Dec. 10, 2016 — a few months after Skull Island: Reign of Kong opened at Universal’s Island...


More than a dozen people were hospitalized after two Disney buses crashed into each other near Epcot Tuesday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened about 10 a.m. on Epcot Center Drive near World Drive, FHP Lt. Kim Montes said. A bus driven by 21-year-old Jacob Buettner...


Prosecutors are no longer pursuing a first-degree murder charge against one of the men accused in a plot that authorities said left his former roommate dead over a stolen PlayStation in November.

The Seminole-Brevard State Attorney’s Office determined that Ian McClurg backed out of a plan to lure...


With a plot that echoes a well-known Hollywood masterpiece, a trial began Tuesday for a Florida woman accused of helping orchestrate the death of her husband in order to secure a massive insurance payout. Prosecutors contended that Denise Williams planned the December 2000 slaying of her husband...

A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four and leaving four others injured before taking a bullet in the ribs in a firefight with police and then shooting himself in the head, authorities said.

The mass shooting, a rarity in Latin America's largest nation,...


The lead guitarist for a death metal band was arrested for breaking into a Florida home and charging an officer with a knife while a residence nearby, full of exploding ammunition, burned down in a massive fire.

The blaze broke out before 7 p.m. Monday evening, the flames already coming through...


A woman who was run over several times on a busy Florida highway had fallen off a motorcycle while she was on a first date, the Miami Herald reported

On Saturday, the Florida Highway Patrol identified the victim as 33-year-old Jennifer Amy St. Clair of Fort Lauderdale.

The FHP showed up at the...


The snow-dusted scene, a North Pole courtyard complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus, their reindeer in a stable, and a Victorian-style home draped with boughs of holly, looks like the perfect setting for a children’s Christmas special.

The creation, the work of a Valencia College instructor and two...


Three carnival workers — two from Florida — have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a couple at a Kansas fair whose bodies were found days later in shallow graves in Arkansas.

The Kansas Attorney General said 52-year-old Kimberly Younger of McIntosh; 54-year-old Michael Fowler...


LAS VEGAS — Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg says the team's planned ballpark for Tampa's Ybor City can't be finalized by this month's deadline and he will reopen the site search, delaying any opening until at least 2024.

The team has played since its first season in 1998 at what is now called...


Florida officials say thousands of mailed ballots were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices.

The Department of State late last week informed a federal judge that 6,670 ballots were mailed ahead of the Nov. 6 election but were not counted because they were not...


More than 29,000 pounds of Jimmy Dean frozen pork and poultry sausage links are being recalled after complaints about harmful materials inside the products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated in a Monday press release.

Five consumers complained to the sausage producer, CTI Foods LLC, about...


Two 14-year-old Pompano Beach boys are facing charges after posting, on Instagram, unrelated threats to shoot and kill students and staff at Pompano Beach Middle School, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

The separately posted threats caused a lockdown at the school on Wednesday while sheriff’s...


In a combative Oval Office meeting that previewed what a divided government may look like, President Trump sparred Tuesday with Democratic leaders and said he’d be "proud" to shut down the government later this month unless Congress provides taxpayer money to build his long-promised border wall...