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Associated Press/Photo by Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Teen shooter confesses to killing former classmates

by Kiley Crossland & Leigh Jones
Posted 2/15/18, 05:18 pm

UPDATE: The teen charged with 17 counts of murder after a shooting at a South Florida high school confessed to sheriff’s department investigators that he killed his former schoolmates. Nikolas Cruz, 19, who used a semi-automatic rifle and had more amunition in his backpack that he didn’t use, told Broward County Sheriff's deputies he shot students outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and in the hallways before dropping the gun and backpack in an attempt to blend in with other teens fleeing his carnage.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rob Carr

Florida voters mull inviting felons to join their ranks

Compassion | A ballot initiative in November could restore voting rights to some ex-convicts
by Rob Holmes
Posted 2/14/18, 05:07 pm

Florida voters will decide in November whether former felons may join their ranks at the polls. The referendum on proposed Amendment 4 will reveal whether Sunshine State residents are willing to grant free speech, in the form of a vote, to lawbreakers usually seen as undeserving.

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Associated Press/Photo by Hali Tauxe/Tallahassee Democrat

No oil drilling off Florida coast

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 1/10/18, 12:15 pm

The Trump administration late Tuesday said it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, reversing course from just five days ago when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced an expansive offshore drilling plan. Zinke said on Tuesday night drilling in the waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida was “off the table” after a meeting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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