Inverness man killed in single-vehicle accident

A 21-year-old Inverness man was killed in a single-vehicle accident when his 2005 Nissan left the roadway Sunday afternoon and struck a tree. Jared C. Foley had been traveling south on South Highlands Avenue in Citrus County when the accident occurred, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. He was transported to Citrus […]

Bicyclist critically injured in accident in Gainesville

A 53-year-old bicyclist was critically injured after being struck by a car at 5:09 p.m. Sunday on  NW 122nd Street (Parker Rd) in Gainesville. The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking information on a white Oldsmobile that apparently struck the bicyclist and fled the scene. The bicyclist was transported to UF Shands Health and remains in […]

Pam Bondi says school districts can hire armed security guards

School districts in the state of Florida have wide discretion in how they keep campuses safe — including deciding, if they wish, to hire private, armed security officers to patrol school grounds. Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a legal opinion to that effect last Friday night at the request of the Manatee County School District. […]

Florida delegation keeps heat on Obama over Iran

Members of the Florida congressional delegation weighed in this week as efforts to reach a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program have been extended past its Monday deadline. Some of them called for additional sanctions on that Middle East nation and members from both parties took shots at the Obama administration’s handling of the matter. […]

Head of Florida Department of Corrections stepping down

Michael Crews

Mike Crews is leaving as head of the Florida Department of Corrections. The agency has been grappling with reports of abuse by prison guards, allegations of retaliation against whistleblowers and a multimillion-dollar deficit. Crews, 53, was the third Department of Corrections secretary appointed during Gov. Rick Scott’s first term in office. Crews was appointed as […]

Florida senators weigh in after Chuck Hagel resigns

Just as they did when President Barack Obama nominated him to lead the Defense Department, Florida’s two U.S. senators — Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio — split as Sec. Chuck Hagel announced his resignation on Monday. Before a White House announcement on Monday, the New York Times reported Hagel was leaving under pressure […]

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton start out ahead in Florida for 2016

A poll released over the weekend finds clear favorites on both the Democratic and Republican side, as presidential candidates ready to line up to run in 2016. Florida has traditionally been the first large state to hold its primary, after the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries. Gravis Marketing unveiled a […]

Deltona motorcyclist killed in Volusia County accident

A 32-year-old Deltona motorcyclist was killed Friday evening when his Harley-Davidson was struck by a vehicle in Volusia County. Jason Penansky had been traveling north on State Road 415 when his motorcycle crossed into the southbound lanes. His motorcycle was struck by a 1999 Dodge driven by 37-year-old Karen Todd of Debary, according to a report […]

Florida retailers expecting strong holiday shopping season

With the holidays fast approaching, Florida retailers are expecting a strong shopping season. The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) announced on Thursday that it expects an increase of 5 percent in consumer spending in the Sunshine State over last year. That compares to a 4.1 percent increase at the national level. “Consumer spending is the engine […]