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Magbanua Trial Date Set

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:15:10 +0000

A judge has ruled Katherine Magbanua, a woman accused of orchestrating the murder of FSU law professor, Dan Markel three years ago was not receiving payment for her legal team from Markel’s ex-wife’s family. The judge did say her team is being paid for by a 3rd party, did not disclose who was fronting the […]

OJ Simpson Plans to Return to Florida After Being Released

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:13:02 +0000

Is Florida the next stop for OJ Simpson? Simpson has been granted Parole in Nevada and has said he wants to come to Florida to be near his adult children who  live in St. Petersburg. There’s a better than even chance he will be granted the transfer. A Golf Course in Panama City was one […]

New Proposal by US Attorney General May Sidestep Florida Civil Forfeiture Laws

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:23:27 +0000

There’s concern in Florida tonight after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he would be expanding circumstances in which law enforcement agencies can use civil forfeiture. There’s a fear the proposed policy would allow law enforcement agencies to side step state laws restricting the practice. Under Florida law, for police to seize assets from a person, with some […]

New Law Allows Victims of Terrorism to Sue for Damages

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:08:51 +0000

A new Florida law gives victims of terrorism and their families the ability to seek reparations in court. Legislative support was overwhelming, but the new policy does raise some questions. Victims of terrorism have always been able to seek damages for injuries they suffered. Bu the new law that took effect July first, allows victims to […]

ACLU Seeks End to Abortion Waiting Period

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:53:51 +0000

A 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion remains on hold tonight. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, a circuit judge in the state Capitol today gave the state 60 days to prove the state has a compelling interest in delaying abortions. The 24 hour waiting period was passed and signed […]

Department of Ag Boasts 82,000 Veterans Receive Concealed Weapons Licenses Through Expedited Process

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:20:30 +0000

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced this morning more than 82,000 people have received concealed weapons permits as part of an effort to expedite the application process for active military personnel and veterans since 2015. The move to speed up the process for those in the armed forces came as a result of the […]

Opt Out Florida Expects Boost in Support From Florida Supreme Court Ruling

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:15:55 +0000

A group of parents suing the state after their children were told they would have to repeat the 3rd grade for refusing to take a standardized language arts exam have gotten more bad news from the State Supreme Court. The court has refused to hear their case, which means if they want to sue, they […]

First District Court of Appeals Hears Lawsuit Against Florida Department of Education

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:06:24 +0000

A case against the Florida Department of Education was heard in the First District Court of Appeals this morning. Citizens for Strong Schools and Fund Education Now filed a lawsuit against the DOE for failing to meet it’s constitutional duty, which requires the department to provide “a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free […]

Speed Trap Town says label No Longer Warranted

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:03:24 +0000

In the entire United States, AAA Motor Club says there are only two cities it calls speed traps, Lawtey and Waldo Florida. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the driver centered organizations now says it is considering changing their designation. Lawtey and Waldo Florida are both on heavily traveled US 301. Waldo abolished its police force […]

Senator Bill Nelson Seeks to Tackle Increasing Federal Student Loan Rates

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:06:19 +0000

Americans have over 1.5 trillion dollars in combined student loan debt, it more than credit car and auto loan debt. Interest rates on those loans are climbing but US Senator Bill Nelson has filed a bill that would put caps on interest rates. The average college graduate in Florida leaves college owing nearly 24 thousand […]