State News

SCOTT, CABINET WEIGH $16 MILLION LAND BUY

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 3, 2016.......... Gov. Rick Scott and the current members of the Florida Cabinet could be poised to make their largest outright purchase of land for preservation.

The $16.1 million purchase of 11,027 acres southeast of Tallahassee, if approved, would also be the largest acquisition of its kind for the state in more than a decade.

SENATE BUDGET CHIEF BACKS SCOTT ON INCENTIVES

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 30, 2016.......... A fight involving the next state budget is already taking shape after Gov. Rick Scott called for lawmakers to provide economic-incentive money to help recruit businesses.

A day after incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran said he views incentives as "corporate welfare," incoming Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala said he intends to work for the governor's $85 million proposal if the money is available.

Death penalty on hold as court looks for answers

By DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 27, 2016 .......... Throughout this year, Florida's death penalty has been in a state of limbo.

Executions are on hold, judges across the state are postponing death penalty cases, and defense lawyers are seeking additional reviews in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in January that struck down Florida's death-penalty sentencing process.

Justices clear hunter on muzzleloader charge

By JIM SAUNDERS
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 22, 2016.......... Christopher Weeks donned camouflage and an orange vest and went hunting in February 2012 with a muzzleloader rifle that had been a Christmas gift from his wife.

Then the problems started: A state wildlife officer saw Weeks' pickup truck parked along a road in the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area in Santa Rosa County. And it turned out that Weeks had been convicted of a felony in the past, which led the officer to charge him with violating a law that bars convicted felons from possessing guns.

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