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House Redistricting Chairman Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, and Senate Reapportionment Chairman Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, confer during August's special session to redraw two congressional districts ruled unconstitutional last month. Newly released documents indicate that the redistricting process was steered by GOP consultants working with Republican legislators to draw districts that intentionally favored incumbents, in violation of the state constitution. [AP photo]

New documents, emails show GOP consultants steered Republican lawmakers in redistricting process

TALLAHASSEE — Republican consultants worked side-by-side with Republican lawmakers in guiding them on drawing new Florida congressional districts that intentionally favored incumbents in violation of the Fair District amendments to the state Constitution, according to documents and emails contained in a long-runnin …

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  1. Event held to assist people trying to understand immigration changes

    News

    TAMPA — Three days after President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes to immigration rules through executive actions, advocates are starting to spread the word to their communities about how they work.

  2. Veterans Affairs union rep seeks whistle-blower status after dismissal

    Veterans

    Kerrie Witty says the Department of Veterans Affairs does not tolerate retaliation or intimidation against employees who speak out about problems at the agency.

  3. PunditFact: Fact-checking the Nov. 23 news shows

    National

    As Republicans across the country and on cable networks decried his actions, President Barack Obama used an interview with ABC News to defend his decision not to deport more than 4 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

    LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 21:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about his executive action on U.S. immigration policy at Del Sol High School on November 21, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Obama outlined a plan on Thursday to ease the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) 524534201
  4. Tom Jones: Give Mike Glennon the job back

    Bucs

    Biggest change

    Time for the Bucs to go back to Mike Glennon at quarterback.

    Play Mike Glennon the rest of the season, and that way you go into the offseason knowing if he is your quarterback going forward or if you have to go out and get a starter, Tom Jones writes. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]
  5. Man who killed Leon County deputy had threatened law enforcement (w/video)

    Crime

    TALLAHASSEE — A man who set his house on fire and ambushed responding deputies held "antigovernment, antiestablishment" views and had previously threatened law enforcement, authorities said Sunday.

  6. Turnover costly as Bucs fall to Bears, 21-13

    Bucs

    CHICAGO — It began as a lovely homecoming of sorts for Lovie Smith and Josh McCown at Soldier Field Sunday, with such an outpouring of warmth that temperatures even rose to a relative balmy 54 degrees at kickoff. Former teammates hugged. Relatives reunited.

    Chicago Bears defensive end David Bass (91) strips the ball from Bucs quarterback Josh McCown during the second half. [AP photo]
  7. New documents, emails show GOP consultants steered Republican lawmakers in redistricting process

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Republican consultants worked side-by-side with Republican lawmakers in guiding them on drawing new Florida congressional districts that intentionally favored incumbents in violation of the Fair District amendments to the state Constitution, according to documents and emails contained in a …

    House Redistricting Chairman Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, and Senate Reapportionment Chairman Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, confer during August's special session to redraw two congressional districts ruled unconstitutional last month. Newly released documents indicate that the redistricting process was steered by GOP consultants working with Republican legislators to draw districts that intentionally favored incumbents, in violation of the state constitution. [AP photo]
  8. Legislators will decide whether to limit impact of environmental initiative

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida environmentalists say they were forced to go to voters to get permanent funding for land and water protection because legislators neglected the need for too many years. But now — even though Amendment 1 passed with 75 percent of the vote — the Legislature will get the last …

  9. Should Jameis Winston have been ejected against Boston College?

    College

    Jameis Winston's third quarter jousting match with an official entertained the announcers on the Florida State-Boston College football game, but at least one observer says Winston should have been ejected from the game.

  10. At end of newsman's career, 'family movie' celebrates tiny town where John Wilson got started

    Human Interest

    By Jay Cridlin | Times Staff Writer

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.

    Longtime WTVT-Ch. 13 news anchor John Wilson stands outside his family’s home in Big Stone Gap, Va. The bridge leading to the property is named for his father.
  11. Shaken by campus shooting, FSU fans comforted by game day rituals and a narrow win

    Human Interest

    TALLAHASSEE — Matt Pave showed up at Lot 6 on Saturday like he's done on every game day since 1995 — five hours before kickoff, as soon as tailgating is allowed outside Doak Campbell Stadium.

    With an FSUnited sign referring to Thursday’s campus shooting hanging from their tent, Robert West, 31, center, and other Florida State University alumni play beer pong during a tailgate party before the game against Boston College in Tallahassee on Saturday.
  12. Lightning edges Wild

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Of all Alex Killorn's goals, Saturday's winner late in the second period wasn't the most highlight-reel worthy.

    The crowd cheers with Steven Stamkos after his power-play goal in the second period ties the score with the Wild at 1.
  13. Smugglers get creative with contraband at Pinellas County jail

    Crime

    LARGO — During Sgt. Ron Wehr's first week on duty at the Pinellas County jail, an inmate provided this tip: Contraband was being smuggled in by a nylon cord.

    Inmates in the sixth-floor recreation room at the jail were pulling up contraband by a nylon cord. 
  14. Police seek teen's attackers

    Public Safety

    GULFPORT — Police are searching for two teen boys accused of a brazen midday robbery and attempted rape of a 17-year-old girl on the 1600 block of 56th Street S.

  15. Everglades alligators wasting away while Congress controls their fate

    Environment

    They are the symbol of the Everglades, the animal that for decades most tourists have anticipated seeing during a visit to the national park.

    An adult alligator acts as a ferry, swimming through the Everglades with a hatchling on its back.