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Weekly Roundup: Turbulent Times

August 18, 2017 - 4:15pm

It's been more than 150 years since Florida Gov. John Milton killed himself, a week before Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered in one of the final battles of the Civil War.

UF Prepares for White Nationalist Leader

August 14, 2017 - 6:15pm

The University of Florida is coordinating with local and state law-enforcement officials in anticipation of the potential appearance in Gainesville of a white nationalist leader affiliated with this weekend's deadly confrontation in Charlottesville, Va.

State Approves Ending Dog Races at Miami Track

July 20, 2017 - 6:15pm

Florida gambling regulators this week gave a Miami dog track permission to ditch greyhound races but keep more lucrative slot machines and card games, in a first-of-its-kind ruling.

Judge Gives State More Time to Defend Abortion Law

July 19, 2017 - 5:30pm

A Tallahassee judge gave Florida officials more time to present their defense of a two-year old law requiring women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, but seemed skeptical that the state would convince him to keep the law on the books.

Appeals Court Grapples with Two-Horse Race

July 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

It's clear gambling regulators weren't keen on a horse race between two aging nags on a dirt path, with the race launched by a red rag on a stick.

But what's less clear is whether the regulators had the authority to punish a tiny North Florida horse track that ran the race.

The controversial “flag drop” race three years ago at Hamilton Downs between two horses owned by the same woman was the focus of a hearing Tuesday before a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal.

Settlement Reached on Services for Disabled Inmates

July 10, 2017 - 8:00pm

In a move that could affect thousands of Florida inmates, attorneys representing disabled prisoners and the Department of Corrections have settled a lawsuit accusing the state of discriminating against prisoners who are deaf, blind or confined to wheelchairs.

Justices May Not Be Buying Aramis Ayala's Arguments on the Death Penalty

June 28, 2017 - 7:30pm

Florida Supreme Court justices appeared highly skeptical of a Central Florida state attorney's assertion that prosecutors have absolute discretion in death-penalty cases during arguments Wednesday in a legal dispute between the prosecutor and Gov. Rick Scott.

Health Officials Move Forward With Marijuana Plans

June 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

Florida health officials have laid out a new process to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana, as they attempt to meet deadlines included in the November ballot measure.

Management of Marijuana Operation Changes Hands

May 24, 2017 - 8:30pm

A Canadian-backed firm will take over management of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, one of Florida's seven medical marijuana operators, the companies announced Wednesday.

The deal involving Aphria Inc., a marijuana grower and processor based in Ontario, and Chestnut Hill comes on the verge of a massive expansion of Florida's medical-marijuana market, sparked by a November constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical pot.

Judge Backs Two More Marijuana Licenses

May 23, 2017 - 8:15pm

In a long-awaited decision, an administrative law judge Tuesday called for the state to issue two new licenses to medical marijuana operators, saying competing businesses --- which lost out to another operator selected by Florida health officials in 2015 --- were virtually tied.

Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham's recommended order came months after a hearing in the matter and long after he decided that the winning licensee, Alpha Foliage, known as Surterra Therapeutics, should have been ineligible to apply for a license because of changes in ownership.




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