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Florida's High Court Approves Use of Death Drug

Posted: 08/23/2011 - The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted a stay on the execution of Manuel Valle, saying in a unanimous ruling there was no evidence that one of the new drugs used in the state's lethal injection process would cause undue pain and suffering

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BP Oil Spill Fund Administrator Says $5B Paid Out

Posted: 08/23/2011 - The fund set up to compensate victims of last year's BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has paid more than $5 billion in claims, the fund administrator said Tuesday.

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"Put Your Booty Up!"

Updated: 08/24/2011 - A group of barbers in Tallahassee wrote a song with the message of asking people to stop walking around with their pants hanging down.

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End of Professor Tenure?

Posted: 08/23/2011 - University and College tenure is expected to be a target of Governor Rick Scott when lawmakers meet in January. Earlier this year, Scott signed legislation ending tenure for public school teachers. Scott is circulating a 7 step plan that originates in Texas

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Governor Scott Asks For Probe of Transition Emails

Posted: 08/23/2011 - A spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott said Monday that the governor has asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to look into the deletion of emails from the transition period that were reported on last week

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TPD: Tasered Man's Death Caused by "Cocaine-related Excited Delirium"

Updated: 08/23/2011 - The autopsy report of Kevin Campbell noted the presence of cocaine in Campbell’s blood, urine, and brain, as well as significantly elevated body temperature. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death as “cocaine-related excited delirium.”

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Timeline for Redistricting Drawing Fire

Posted: 08/23/2011 - A coalition of voting-rights groups, led by the League of Women Voters and supporters of the Fair Districts amendments, is pushing legislative redistricting committees to move forward with drawing proposed maps as quickly as possible.

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Board of Governors Changes Turf War Regulations

Posted: 08/23/2011 - A proposal was nixed that would have divided the 11 state universities into economic development zones and required communication between universities before launching new programs.

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Vestiges of State Phone Regulation Falling Away

Posted: 08/23/2011 - As a new law strips away state regulation of the industry, the Florida Public Service Commission is headed toward reducing fees paid by telecommunications companies.

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Mother Has Pleaded No Contest

Posted: 08/23/2011 - A Pensacola mother has pleaded no contest to the charge of aggravated manslaughter in the 2009 death of her 18-month-old daughter.

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Gary Michael Hilton Trial Delayed

Updated: 08/23/2011 - A federal judge has agreed to delay the trial of a man accused of killing a Hendersonville couple nearly four years ago.

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Metal Thefts on the Rise

Posted: 08/22/2011 - With metal thefts rising, a business coalition formed in 2008 to help enact tougher penalties is coming back together.

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Items Needed During a Hurricane

Posted: 08/22/2011 - Hurricane Irene has already touched ground, and with alerts coming our way, it's important to be prepared.

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Class Size Crutch

Posted: 08/22/2011 - Students heading back to school were met by fewer teachers, larger classes, and online instructors. Budget cuts have forced thousands of layoffs statewide. The layoffs made it almost impossible for schools to meet a constitutionally mandated class size requirement. So state lawmakers changed the definition of core classes to allow schools to skirt class size requirements.

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Red Cross Urges The Big Bend to Prepare Now for Hurricanes

Updated: 08/25/2011 - The American Red Cross urges everyone to update their family evacuation plan, emergency preparedness kit and get better prepared for the 2011 hurricane season. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.

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