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COURT HEARS FLORIDA APPEAL IN 'DOCS VS. GLOCKS' CASE
An attorney for the state argued that a Florida law that restricts what doctors can ask patients about gun ownership should be reinstated because it doesn't limit free speech. Florida Solicitor General Allen Winsor told a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the law does not flatly ban physicians from having discussions about firearms with patients.
DCF HEAD DAVID WILKINS RESIGNS
The head of Florida's child welfare agency is stepping down. Thursday's sudden announcement comes after the Department of Children and Families has been under fire recently for a handful of child deaths. Secretary David Wilkins said he is leaving to pursue opportunities in the private sector and to provide more attention to his foundation.
FLORIDA DEMOCRAT LEADERS CALL FOR SELF-DEFENSE CHANGE
The two top Democrats in the Florida Legislature say it's time to have a full debate on the stand-your-ground law following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. State Sen. Chris Smith and Rep. Perry Thurston, both of Fort Lauderdale, said Thursday that lawmakers refused to consider repeal or any proposed changes last year.
MISSISSIPPI FIREFIGHTER DIES FROM PUNCH DURING FLORIDA VACATION
A firefighter from Mississippi has died of injuries sustained when his son punched him during a family vacation in Orlando. Leonard Dywane Harris of Pearl, Miss., died Wednesday less than 24 hours after he was flown to Mississippi from Florida. The altercation happened outside a restaurant on July 7.
MERMAID BANNED FROM COMMUNITY POOL
A Tampa area woman has been banned from swimming in her community's pool because she wants to wear a blue, silicone mermaid tail. Community leaders say it violates a policy against swim fins in the pool.