Prosecutors: Arrests show improved response to sex trafficking

BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The announcement Monday of 21 arrests following a two-year investigation into a Central Florida sex-trafficking and...

Penalty remains for refusing breath test

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA An appeals court last week upheld the constitutionality of a state law that allows criminal charges to be filed against...

Battle against mugshot sites brings little success

Since their business practices came to light in 2013, the websites have drawn the ire of state lawmakers who criticize them as exploitative. BY REBECCA...

A Florida Courier exclusive: BICYCLING WHILE BLACK

The overwhelming majority of traffic tickets from the Tampa Police Department for ‘illegal bicycling’ are issued to African-Americans. Editor’s note: The editors of the Tampa...

Hazing law challenged in death of FAMU band member

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A former member of Florida A&M University's "Marching 100" band is arguing that a state hazing law is unconstitutional as...

Mental health scrutinized

Lawmakers may increase coordination, funding BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – As Florida lawmakers study the impact of mental illness on the state’s...

Florida’s HBCUs may get a break

Legislature considers ‘state’ college restrictions COMPILED FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – The battle over how far Florida colleges should be allowed to go in...

South Florida park named after civil rights leaders

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed a bill that will rename a state park in Broward County to honor civil...

Governor now a prosecutor

Scott takes murder cases away from Ayala BY DARA KAM AND RYAN RAY THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Heightening the controversy over a Central Florida...

Bill stiffens crimes against Realtors

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA People who commit violent crimes against real-estate agents would face stiffer penalties under a measure that started to move Monday...

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