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No military strikes, but President Trump sticks to tough talk against Iran. Also on our Monday rundown: Staying in jail may depend on where you live. Plus, summer is here – will national parks be ready?

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Proposed changes to Florida's ballot initiative process would require the name of the initiative sponsor and the percentage of money raised from in-state sources to be listed by the amendment's campaign organizers. (Twenty20)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Legislature is considering bills that would restrict grassroots citizen engagement. For decades, Floridians have used the citizen initiative process to let voters decide, often when the Legislature fails to act. The process has resulted in constitutional amendme

These photos, used with permission of The Tallahassee Democrat, show Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel in blackface at a 2005 Halloween party. (Tallahassee Democrat)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida's new elections chief was forced to resign on Thursday after just three weeks on the job, when a newspaper published pictures of him appearing in blackface. Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigned just hours after testifying before a state legislative committee

Employees at the federal prison in Tallahassee and other facilities around the state are working without paychecks. (Ichigo121212/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As federal employees go into their second pay period without a paycheck, desperation to make ends meet could pose serious risks for workers in the federal prison system. With no end in sight for the shutdown, workers, including those who commute from out-of-state for jobs

Lake County, Fla., Sheriff Willis McCall and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee. The three were accused of rape in 1949, along with a fourth man. (State Archives of Florida)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nearly 70 years after being accused of raping a white woman, four African-American men were posthumously pardoned on Friday by the state of Florida, but the families say they'd like to see an exoneration, which would officially declare their innocence. The men known as th

Border wall prototypes stand in McAllen, Texas, as the government remains in partial shutdown over a standoff about funding for a border wall.  (U.S. Customs & Border Patrol)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – President Donald Trump's partial government shutdown to secure a southern border wall has increased the strain on the U.S. immigration system – including in Florida. More than 60,000 immigration cases are in limbo in Florida, part of a record-high backlog that tops

Florida overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 4 on giving previously disenfranchised persons with felonies the opportunity to vote. (TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay)<br />

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A statewide listening tour is under way after more than 64 percent of Florida voters chose to restore voting rights to individuals with prior felonies. The passage of Amendment 4 returns full citizenship rights to 1.4 million ex-felons who have completed their sentences fo

A press conference outside the Florida Supreme Court during the recount in the 2000 presidential election. (Village Square/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Delays, mistakes, the addition of rejected absentee ballots, and now, technical malfunctions are all fueling a flurry of legal action in the statewide recount in three of Florida's biggest races. Claiming possible fraud against election supervisors in Broward and Palm Bea

Five states actively use Marsy’s Law, while 35 have some form of victims' rights in their constitution.  (Geralt/Pixabay)

TALLAHASSE, Fla. – Among a number of amendments on Florida voters' 2018 ballots, is Amendment 6, also known as Marsy's Law. The amendment to the state's constitution is aimed at expanding the rights of crime victims during the legal process, and supporters say it creates equal footing with d

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