Ben Montgomery
Aug 5, 2022 - News

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren says he won't leave

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren speaks at a podium.
Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren speaks during a news conference June 15, 2020, in Tampa. Photo: Chris O'Meara/AP Photo

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.
Selene San Felice
Aug 5, 2022 - News

Florida officials speak out after state attorney Andrew Warren suspended

A screenshot of a Tweet from Mayor Jane Castor about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' suspension of State Attorney Andrew Warren.
Screenshot courtesy of @JaneCastor's Twitter feed

"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.

Gov. Ron DeSantis suspends Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren

Side-by-side photos of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and State Attorney Andrew Warren.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and State Attorney Andrew Warren. Photos: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images; Chris O'Meara/AP Photo

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.

Shhh ... We're hunting pythons in the Everglades

 JANUARY 12: A Burmese python is held by Jeff Fobb as he speaks to the media at the registration event and press conference for the start of the 2013 Python Challenge
Jeff Fobb holds a Burmese python at the 2013 Florida Python Challenge. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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.

Selene San Felice
Aug 3, 2022 - News

Tampa rabbi joins lawsuit against Florida's abortion ban

Illustration of a group of business peoples' raised fists at the bottom of an image with a justice gavel above them.
Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

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 among leading states in EV adoption

Illustration of an EV charger cord forming the outline of the continental US.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

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.

Ben Montgomery
Aug 2, 2022 - News

July breaks record for hottest month in Tampa history

Illustration of the sun with rays coming out of it.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

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 β€” 86.3 β€” 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.

Selene San Felice
Aug 2, 2022 - News

City of Dunedin puts unscooped poop to the sword

A group of people dressed in kilts and holding swords
Photo courtesy of the city of Dunedin/YouTube

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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