Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren is not stepping down, despite an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis that attempts to suspend him from his locally elected role as the county's chief prosecutor, citing "neglect of duty" and "incompetence."
- "I'm still doing this job as the twice-elected state attorney," a defiant Warren said Thursday after a press conference called to discuss the findings in a cold case investigation.
"Does my vote not count?" a sign read outside at a protest outside the Hillsborough County Courthouse Thursday evening.
- The question echoed throughout Tampa Bay, and Democrat politicians voiced their outrage.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suspending Andrew Warren, the twice-elected state attorney for Hillsborough County, for failing to prosecute crimes DeSantis believes he should enforce.
Driving the news: DeSantis announced an executive order declaring that Warren is suspended from public office, effective immediately, at a press conference in Tampa Thursday.
We're going python hunting. We don't love the idea, but we're doing it for you, friends. And for Florida.
Driving the news: The Florida Python Challenge, an annual, state-sanctioned hunt aimed at ridding the Everglades of invasive Burmese pythons, runs from Friday to Aug. 14.
Three rabbis, three reverends and a Buddhist lama are coming together to try overturn Florida's 15-week abortion ban.
Driving the news: A Tampa rabbi, Jason Rosenberg, joined a group of Florida faith leaders in Miami and Coral Gables to file a lawsuit against the state this week, claiming the abortion law violates their religious freedom.
Florida is second in the nation in electric vehicle ownership, but trails far behind California, where nearly 40% of the nation's EVs are registered.
Yes, but: Unlike California, Florida offers EV buyers no state incentives, making its high adoption rate all the more remarkable.
But, but, but: We're a long way from a "tipping point" for electric vehicle adoption in the U.S., Axios' Joann Muller reports.
If you lived in Tampa in July, you survived the hottest month in the city since we started keeping records in 1890.
Driving the news: The average July temperature — 86.3 — beat September 2018's record of 85.8 to become the hottest average temp since the Benjamin Harrison administration started making note, according to the National Weather Service.
The city of Dunedin is getting serious about unscooped poop.
What's happening: The city deployed The New World Celts of Dunedin to bring their kilts, swords and axes to its new Academy Award-worthy PSA, "Scoop the Poop!"
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