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The state’s court system will be a top priority next year in Florida’s criminal justice budget. That’s what a group of Florida lawmakers have vowed to do.

Florida will receive at least $3.2 billion  from an $18.7 billion settlement with BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP and five Gulf states announced the massive settlement Thursday, resolving years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010.

Shark attacks in Florida are on par with last year, despite an alarming increase off North Carolina, experts say. University of Florida researcher George Burgess says unusual conditions off the Carolina coast are to blame.

Oral arguments are set September 1st in the Florida Supreme Court battle over a solar power ballot initiative. The state’s largest utilities say Floridians for Solar Choice is trying to hoodwink voters.

Backers say the initiative gives small solar generators the right to sell power. And it prevents utilities from denying solar customers regular service.

Utilities attorney Barry Richard says that could mean free electricity for solar customers.

Florida's waiting period law will be cooling its heels for the time being.
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Florida women seeking an abortion will not be required to wait 24 hours—at least for now. 

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