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State Gets Rosy Ruling in Flower Tax Fight

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of collecting sales taxes on flowers that are ordered online but get delivered outside of the state. The unanimous ruling was a victory for the Florida Department of Revenue, which argued that Wellington-based American Business USA Corp. should be subject to the sales taxes, though the company used local florists outside of the state to fill orders.

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Justices Give Green Light To Stops Over License Plates

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police officers have broad authority to pull over motorists whose license plates are not fully visible. The decision rejected an appeal from a man who was charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and paraphernalia after he was stopped by Orlando police because a tag light and wires were hanging down over the license plate on the vehicle he was driving. Evidence found during the stop led to the possession charges.

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Alligator Bites Off Part Of Florida Man’s Forearm

Lakeland Police say an alligator bit off part of a 21-year-old man's arm when he jumped into a lake behind his apartment following a domestic disturbance. A sign warning of gators was posted at the lake, according to the police report. Sgt. Gary Gross said in a news release. She said her son had run into a wooded area behind their apartment in Lakeland.

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