Local News

  • A voice for gay Muslims

    Nadine Achoui-Lesage and Greg Keller

    Associated Press

    MARSEILLE, France — Growing up in Algeria, Shaira had almost everything a young man could wish for. But he also had a big secret.

    In a land where homosexuality is still a crime and a sin, he was forced to live a secret life, hiding that he was gay from everyone — even his closest family.

  • Legislature divided on budget, taxes

    TALLAHASSEE — Separated by nearly $1 billion in spending and differences over everything from tax cuts to health care spending, the Florida Legislature has less than a month left in its regular session to reach a budget deal.

  • Gov. Scott stays mum on death penalty reform

    TALLAHASSEE — With Florida’s death penalty law in limbo due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Emily Cope on Wednesday described in chilling detail how her father, Keith, was hog-tied and left for dead back in 2009 when she was a teenager.

  • Candidates gear up for New Hampshire primary

    SALEM, N.H. — Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation’s initial primary. GOP contenders vying for second and third saw fresh hopes for survival after New Hampshire as both parties settled in for a drawn-out slog to the nomination.

  • Bill would put a stop to red light cameras

    TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would bring the use of red-light cameras to a screeching halt received narrow support in a Senate committee Thursday after the sponsor argued cities and counties use the traffic enforcement devices to raise cash rather than for legitimate public safety purposes.

  • Gov. Scott declares emergency with Zika virus

    While the Zika virus has made its way to Florida, there have been no reported cases of the headline-grabbing disease in Citrus County, according to a Florida Department of Health (FDOH) report issued Wednesday.

    The report said there have been nine travel-associated cases so far in Florida, all confined to four counties: Hillsborough, which had two; Miami-Dade, with four; Lee, with two; and Santa Rosa, which had one.

  • Bill tackles digital data after death

    TALLAHASSEE — Floridians could designate a custodian to access and manage their social media, email and online financial accounts when they die or become incapacitated, under a bill moving through the state legislature.

    Senate Bill 494 passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday, and a companion House bill has passed its committee reviews and is headed to the House floor.

  • Expedition comes ashore in Homosassa

    Rochelle Kaiser

    For the Chronicle

    Gale-force winds and stormy weather brought three Canadians to the welcoming shores of Homosassa.

    The trio had embarked on a kayak expedition to the Yucatan Peninsula, but were forced ashore after the weather went South.

  • Memorials to have new face by week’s end


  • City to get look at mutual-aid draft

    Inverness City Council members will comment on a mutual-aid agreement for city fire services between the city’s new fire department and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office’s Fire Rescue division at the Inverness City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. today, Feb. 2, at Inverness City Hall.
    The Inverness Fire Department took over the responsibility for providing fire services within the city limits from the sheriff’s office on Monday.
    The agreement stipulates obligations of both departments when responding to emergencies in city and county jurisdictions.