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Karen Roberts, left, and her partner April Miller discuss their inability to obtain a marriage license in Morehead, Ky in April 2015. Roberts and Miller were one of the four couples, two gay and two straight, to sue Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis through the American Civil Liberties Union for refusing to issue marriage licenses due to her religious beliefs. [TIMOTHY D EASLEY | Associated Press]

With clerk jailed, gay Kentucky couple gets marriage license

MOREHEAD, Ky. — A gay couple emerged from the office of a defiant county clerk with a marriage license in hand Friday morning, embracing and crying after a lengthy standoff that landed the clerk in jail for her refusal to issue the licenses because she opposed same-sex marriage. William Smith Jr. and James Yates, a …


Gov. Scott appoints assistant attorney general to Hillsborough court

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday appointed an Army Reservist and assistant attorney general a judge on the Hillsborough County Court....


No-party political newcomer files to challenge Pinellas Commissioner Ken Welch

Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch has his first challenger for 2016....


ICYMI: Florida education news roundup, week of Aug. 30

Florida's education week was dominated by the release of a much anticipated independent validity study of the Florida Standards Assessment, which seemed to have enough in it for all readers to come away with their own interpretation. But there was more, too. Palm Beach busing woes continued, a Lee high school dealt with a Confederate flag crisis, and Hernando County leaders prepared for a local schools sales tax referendum. Want more? Visit the Gradebook daily. To get this weekly roundup early, or to share your news and views, send email to