Florida news

  1. Scott agrees to just three October debates


    Gov. Rick Scott's campaign announced today that he has agreed to appear in three debates against the Democratic nominee, either former Gov. Charlie Crist or Nan Rich. The debates are all within four weeks of the Nov. 4 general election:

    • Oct. 10, sponsored by Telemundo

    Gov. Rick Scott won’t be at a planned event sponsored by the Times, WTSP-Ch. 10 and USF.
  2. Legal community rocked by FSU law professor's killing


    TALLAHASSEE — Thirty-six hours before he was gunned down in his Tallahassee home, law professor Dan Markel was pondering the death penalty.

    Dan Markel, a criminal law professor at Florida State University and leader in the world of online legal scholarship, was shot at his home in Tallahassee on July 18. Investigators say he was targeted.
  3. Poll: Most Floridians are concerned about climate change

    State Roundup

    Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on carbon pollution from power plants and up to 71 percent say they're concerned about climate change, according to a new poll conducted for an environmental group during the hotly contested governor's race.

  4. Court upholds Florida law banning doctors from asking about guns

    State Roundup

    'Docs vs. Glocks' law upheld on appeal

  5. In sweeping ruling, another Florida judge rules against gay marriage ban

    State Roundup

    A Miami-Dade judge declared Florida's gay-marriage ban unconstitutional on Friday, in a sweeping ruling that cut a wide swath through American history — from the Declaration of Independence to slavery to Jim Crow to equality for women — as much as it drew from recent Supreme Court decisions.

  6. Epcot fills out concert lineup for Food and Wine Fest


    In addition to eating and drinking your way around the world, Epcot's Food & Wine Festival has an "Eat to the Beat" concert series during the festival's run from Sept. 19-Nov. 10. Fan favorites like Boyz II Men, left, (Nov. 3-5) and Rick Springfield (Sept. 24-25) return and new-to-the-festival acts recently announced …

    Boyz II Men
  7. A history of Florida's gift ban: Scandal. Reform. Repeat.

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Free hunting trips, whether to King Ranch in Texas or destinations closer to home, are a fixture of Florida politics.

    Willie Meggs charged more than two dozen state lawmakers.
  8. King Ranch's storied history: from cattle rearing to luxury hunting

    State Roundup

    Sprawled across 1,300 square miles of Texas hills, desert and coastal prairies, King Ranch is among the top hunting destinations in North America, and one of the Lone Star State's most historic treasures.

    A horse trainer works at King Ranch near Kingsville, Texas. Hunting accounts for a growing portion of revenue at the King Ranch that rivals, if not surpasses, money made from ranching.
  9. Adam Putnam on King Ranch hunting trips: Better than golf

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    TALLAHASSEE — The closest any Florida public official came to providing answers about hunting trips to King Ranch came after a June 17 meeting of the state Cabinet. As Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam walked from the meeting to his office in the Capitol, a Times/Herald reporter asked him about his …

    Florida Agriculture chief Adam Putnam said he had been to the King Ranch in Texas “for campaign purposes as well as to see more of their ag operations.’’
  10. Why won't Florida GOP leaders talk about hunting trips to King Ranch in Texas?

    State Roundup


    On a Friday in February 2013, Gov. Rick Scott stepped aboard a Texas-bound plane to take part in a secret ritual for Florida's power elite.