TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Senate Republicans rolled out an education budget Tuesday that would increase spending by $1.1 billion for Florida public schools compared with the current year, a...
DeSantis gets some schooling on coding, computer science
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis got a little bit of schooling on coding and computer science.
The Republican governor took part Tuesday in an event promoting computer skills in...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Some forms of fracking to explore for oil and natural gas would be banned in Florida under a bill that cleared a state Senate committee Monday, with environmental groups...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The remains of a Navy serviceman who died in Pearl Harbor were reunited with his family after more than 70 years.
WTXL-TV reports that Navy Seaman Earl Baum's family...
Ag commissioner warns of gas-pump skimming fraud
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried took a peek into the innards of a convenience-store fuel pump Wednesday as part of an awareness campaign warning Floridians that...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Staring down a 14-point halftime deficit, No. 14 Florida State didn't panic.
M.J. Walker scored nine of his 11 points after halftime, including a critical 3-pointer...
Florida lawmakers convene for annual 60-day session
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's political leaders called for cooperation and outlined goals for education, health care, transportation and other priorities as the state Legislature convened...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — James Blackman insists nothing has changed. But nearly everything around him at Florida State is different this spring.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Trent Forrest has been in pain with a toe injury throughout the season. The Florida State guard hasn't missed a game yet, though, and he pushed through to provide a...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's 2019 Legislative session begins Tuesday with a new governor, new Legislative leaders, and new priorities.
Nearly 3,000 bills already have been filed ahead...
NC A&T seeks revenge on FAMU
Florida A&M (11-18, 8-6) vs. NC A&T (16-12, 11-3)
Corbett Sports Center, Greensboro, North Carolina; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: NC A&T seeks revenge on Florida A&M after...
Vassell leads No. 18 Florida St.’s late run past Notre Dame
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State was sluggish for much of the night, showing signs of a team that was worn down by playing for the third time in seven days.
Koumadje has double-double as No. 17 Florida St. routs Wake
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Christ Koumadje hasn't had many chances to make an impact on games this season. But he used his long, 7-foot-4 frame to dominate Wake Forest for the best night of his college career.
Koumadje recorded his first career double-double, with a season-high 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, to help No. 17 Florida State rout Wake Forest 88-66 on Wednesday night.
Police: Yoga studio shooter was disturbed, hated women
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Wrapping up a three-month investigation, Florida authorities said Tuesday that a 40-year-old man who killed two people and injured five others in a yoga studio was a "disturbed individual" with a "hatred towards women."
Tallahassee police said after conducting dozens of interviews and reviewing thousands of pages of documents they found no evidence that Scott Paul Beierle targeted anyone specifically in the frenzied shooting that happened last November.
FSU drops Francois after abuse allegations surface
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State's head football coach announced Sunday that quarterback Deondre Francois had been dismissed from the team after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced.
FSU head coach Willie Taggart said in a statement Sunday that he had notified Francois of his decision the night before. Taggart's decision to drop Francois came the same day the quarterback's girlfriend posted a video to Instagram alleging abuse by Francois.
Hazing suspect accused of violating alcohol ban
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a former Florida State student charged in a fraternity hazing death is returning to jail after testing positive for alcohol in violation of his pretrial conditions.
Former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum to join CNN
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum is joining CNN as a political commentator.
The cable network announced the move Tuesday. The former Tallahassee mayor ran for governor last year but narrowly lost to former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.
Capital City Bank: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Capital City Bank Group (CCBG) on Tuesday reported net income of $8.5 million in its fourth quarter.
The Tallahassee, Florida-based bank said it had earnings of 50 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were 41 cents per share.
The bank holding company posted revenue of $39.6 million in the period. Its revenue net of interest expense was $37.6 million, which beat Street forecasts.
2 teens charged with threatening to shoot up school
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two Florida teens have been charged with threatening to shoot up their school.
A Leon County Sheriff's Office news release said Monday that the boys ages 13 and 14 face felony charges of making written threats to do harm at Governor's Charter Academy in Tallahassee.
Florida man accused of trafficking 14-year-old girl for sex
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida have arrested a man for forcing a 14-year-old girl to have sex with other men for money.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports the victim told investigators that 36-year-old Tyron Watson arranged sexual encounters between her and men since she was 13. She also told police Watson had sex with her at least twice.
Florida’s ethics commission says Gillum may have broken law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A long-simmering ethics investigation of former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum heated up Friday when a state ethics panel said there was probable cause that Gillum violated Florida's ethics law.
The state's ethics commission voted in a closed-door meeting Friday that there is enough evidence to show that Gillum accepted gifts from lobbyists during his time as Tallahassee's mayor.
Tom Raum, versatile Washington reporter for AP, is dead
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Raum, a versatile writer who covered three presidents, Congress and national politics and translated knotty economic issues for readers during 44 years with The Associated Press, died Friday. He was 74.
The cause of death was a brain injury from a fall last week at home, said his wife, Nora Raum.
Durr scores 29, No. 4 Louisville women top No. 22 Florida St
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Asia Durr bounced back from her worst game of the season with one of her best.
Durr scored 29 points as No. 4 Louisville jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 68-49 win over No. 22 Florida State on Thursday night.
"Asia Durr is an All-American," Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. "We saw why tonight. We had our kids going out and contesting the way they contested everybody all year. And we needed to go out further."
Florida elections chief resigns when blackface photos emerge
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's top elections official abruptly resigned Thursday after a newspaper obtained pictures of him in blackface dressed as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a 2005 party.
Florida State settles with paralyzed shooting victim for $1M
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University has reached a $1 million settlement with a student who was paralyzed during a 2014 campus shooting.
Ronny Ahmed's attorney and Florida State announced the settlement Thursday in a joint statement. Ahmed and the university had reached an agreement during a mediation conference last week.
The Latest: Florida gov: Elections chief regrets blackface
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's secretary of state resigning after photos of him in blackface surfaced (all times local):
Florida's new governor says he thought it best to accept his secretary of state's resignation "and move on" after old photos of the elections chief in blackface surfaced.
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Florida State tops Clemson 77-68 behind Kabengele
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mfiondu Kabengele scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and David Nichols added 16 points as Florida State halted a three-game slide with a 77-68 win over Clemson on Tuesday.
Nichols made four 3-pointers for the Seminoles (14-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Florida State came into the game shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc but made 10 3-pointers against Clemson. That's the most for the Seminoles in an ACC game and one short of the season high.
Longtime leader of New Jersey’s Trenton diocese dies at 83
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A longtime leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton has died.
Church officials say Bishop Emeritus John Smith died Tuesday after a long illness, but did not disclose further details. He was 83.
Smith served as the ninth bishop of the Trenton diocese, holding the post from 1997 until his retirement in 2010. He was a coadjutor bishop in the diocese for two years before that and also served as bishop of the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese in Florida from 1991-95.
DeSantis picks Trump administration official for high court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Cementing his push to remake the Florida Supreme Court, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday appointed a top official from the administration of President Donald Trump for the final spot that remained open on the state's most important court.
DeSantis picked Carlos Muniz, who had been working as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Florida police are now withholding crime victim information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Some law enforcement agencies in Florida have begun withholding information about crime victims — including the names of people killed — due to their interpretation of a measure passed by voters last fall.
Clemson women end long skid against No. 22 FSU, 57-45
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Kobi Thornton scored 19 points with 10 rebounds and Clemson ended an 18-game losing streak against No. 22 Florida State with a 57-45 victory on Sunday.
The Tigers (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won three straight, had not won in Tallahassee in 17 years. Aliyah Collier added 11 points.
Reddish hits 3 to lift No. 1 Duke over Florida State 80-78
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Cam Reddish hit a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to lead No. 1 Duke past No. 13 Florida State 80-78 on Saturday.
Reddish caught the ball on the wing off the inbounds pass and made a wide open 3-pointer to ensure Duke (14-1, 3-0 ACC) would win its ninth straight game. He finished with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
Florida Gov. DeSantis signs order to fight algae, red tide
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis began following up on a campaign promise to make the environment a priority by signing an order Thursday seeking to tackle Florida's problems with blue-green algae in its rivers and red tide off its coast.
DeSantis signed the order in Bonita Springs in southwest Florida, one of the areas where slimy algae have coated waterways because of pollutants flowing downstream from Lake Okeechobee.
Nichols, Savoy lead No. 13 Florida State past Miami 68-62
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State's depth has long been a big part of its success under coach Leonard Hamilton. On a night when fouls limited minutes for a number of players, it was two Seminoles who came off the bench to spark the victory.
David Nichols had 13 points and PJ Savoy scored eight of his 10 in the second half as the reserves helped No. 13 Florida State hold off Miami 68-62 on Wednesday. The Seminoles' bench contributed 41 points.
Florida’s next governor says he plans to take swift action
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When Ron DeSantis becomes Florida's next governor, he will continue a two-decade tradition of Republican control that has emphasized tax cuts, the growth of school voucher programs, and a deep skepticism about expanding the state's health care safety net.
Florida hot yoga studio to reopen after 2 killed in shooting
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida hot yoga studio is reopening this weekend after a shooting that claimed the lives of two students.
Authorities say 40-year-old Paul Scott Beierle posed as a customer during a November yoga class, then began shooting. A 61-year-old faculty member at Florida State University and a 21-year-old FSU student were killed. Five others were injured. Beierle then killed himself.
Beierle had a history of harassing women and acting inappropriately.
Woman appeals murder conviction in husband’s 2000 killing
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman convicted of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago is appealing a jury's decision.
Parents experience joys, travails of baby with spina bifida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jayant Karnik sits in a high chair decorated with a red, blue, purple and green banner that reads "o-n-e." A chorus of family and friends dressed in Philadelphia-themed shirts sing "Happy Birthday."
Hundreds show for funeral of former Florida State president
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of people from state and local politics, higher education and the business community have gathered to pay their final respects to former Florida State president and former Florida House speaker T.K. Wetherell.
Hearing scheduled for embattled Florida elections official
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal court hearing has been scheduled for a former Florida elections official who was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott.
Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker will hear arguments Jan. 7 in Tallahassee on a request for a preliminary injunction by embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes. She filed a federal lawsuit this week against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano.
Florida election officials prepare to register former felons
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Many of Florida's local election officials — who have been unable to get any clear instructions recently from the state — said they will start adding voters to the rolls in January even if they had been convicted of felony crimes.
The state's voters in November approved Amendment 4, which says most felons will automatically have their voting rights restored when they complete their sentences.
Correction: Florida bear abuse story
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In a story Dec. 19 about abuse of black bears in Florida, The Associated Press reported erroneously that authorities charged nine men with setting out bait for black bears, then steering them toward packs of dogs that chased and mauled them. Florida authorities have charged seven men and two women in the case, not nine men.
A corrected version of the story is below:
9 charged with baiting, abusing black bears in Florida
Kabengele leads Florida State past North Florida 95-81
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Mfiondu Kabengele is no ordinary reserve.
He packs quite a punch for No. 11 Florida State.
Kabengele scored a career-high 24 points, helping the Seminoles pull away for a 95-81 win against North Florida on Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound sophomore made 7 of 12 shots from the floor, 10 of 10 free throws and pulled down seven rebounds as Florida State (10-1) earned its fifth straight victory.
Lawsuit: Florida think-tank fired worker over military duty
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former employee of a Tallahassee conservative think tank says he was fired because he had to spend time on military duty with the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Christopher Ricardo filed a federal lawsuit last week against The James Madison Institute. Ricardo's lawsuit says he worked at the institute from September 2016 until August 2017 as director of donor relations.
Ex-Florida State University President Wetherell dies at 72
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — T.K. Wetherell, a Florida State University football player in the 1960s who 40 years later became the school's first graduate to serve as president, died Sunday. He was 72.
The university announced the death of the long-time educator and politician who rose to become Florida House speaker. No cause of death was released, but he had been in hospice.
Florida tale of infidelity and homicide ends with conviction
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a spellbinding five-day trial that featured tales of infidelity and a multimillion dollar insurance payout, a jury on Friday convicted a Florida woman of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago.
Florida jury weighs case featuring homicide and infidelity
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury is deliberating whether to convict a woman accused of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago.
Prosecutors and Denise Williams' defense attorneys gave closing statements Friday in a case that has resembled the plot of the Hollywood classic, "Double Indemnity."
Brian Winchester testified he had an affair with Williams and killed her husband. He eventually married Williams but the relationship later soured.
Florida woman won’t take stand in murder trial
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman on trial on charges she helped orchestrate the killing of her husband won't take the stand.
Denise Williams told a judge Thursday that she would not testify on her own behalf.
Prosecutors contend Williams plotted the December 2000 murder of her husband, Mike Williams, with Brian Winchester. Winchester married Denise Williams five years later, but the relationship soured.