- Associated Press - Monday, January 11, 2016

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IT’S BACK TO WORK FOR GOP-CONTROLLED FLORIDA LEGISLATURE

The 60-day session officially starts Tuesday and lawmakers are expected to grapple with everything from gambling to guns. Republican leaders are promising that they will put aside their differences that led to a budget stalemate last year.

RINGLING BROS. CIRCUS TO END ELEPHANT ACTS IN MAY, A YEAR AND A HALF EARLY

The move comes amid increasing scrutiny of circus elephant acts with local governments passing “anti-circus” and “anti-elephant” ordinances in response to concerns over animal cruelty.



POLICE SAY THEY MAY HAVE FOUND REMAINS OF MISSING TODDLER

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams and State Attorney Angela Corey announced during a news conference Monday that the remains were found in a wooded area and that they believe they are those of 21-month-old Lonzie Barton.

GOVERNOR, FLORIDA LEGISLATURE EXPLORE HEALTH CARE TRANSPARENCY

With the legislative session set to open Tuesday, a pair of Republicans - Rep. Chris Sprowls and Sen. Rob Bradley - are sponsoring bills requiring facilities to provide further transparency on costs.

MAN GETS 45 YEARS FOR KILLING PROSTITUTE, ASSAULTING OTHERS

John Lytus pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

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