Oct 13, 2021

COVID-19 hospitalizations dip below 4,000

The number of Florida patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has dropped below 4,000, and intensive-care unit beds continue to get freed up, according to data posted online Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Oct 13, 2021

Citrus forecast points to difficult season

Florida’s citrus industry is forecast to have one of the lowest production years in decades as it continues to grapple with a devastating disease and other issues.

Oct 12, 2021

State school boards blast request for federal security aid

The organization that represents Florida school boards has “great concern” for the safety of board members and school officials after recent reports of threats, but is rejecting its national counterpart’s request that the federal government step in.

Oct 11, 2021

State gets another bump in tax dollars in August

As Florida lawmakers prepare to draw up a new budget, they continue to get a boost from residents and tourists spending money.

Oct 11, 2021

State seeks to short-circuit student mask case

Pointing to a “hierarchy” that requires school districts to follow state laws and rules, the Florida Department of Health is asking a judge to toss out a challenge by six school boards to a rule that seeks to prevent student mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oct 7, 2021

FWC resurrects support for osprey as state bird

Add the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to the supporters of doing away with the mockingbird as the state bird during the 2022 legislative session.

Oct 6, 2021

State backs limited fishing of goliath grouper

Three decades after the state banned the harvesting of goliath grouper, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved plans Wednesday that would allow about 200 of the fish to be killed annually.

Oct 6, 2021

School districts, state continue clash over masks

Some school districts that have imposed student mask requirements aren’t backing down, despite state threats of financial penalties and a revamped Department of Health rule aimed at bolstering parental choice on masks.

Oct 5, 2021

COVID-19 hospitalizations dip below 4,600

Florida hospitals Tuesday continued to see decreases in patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including patients in intensive-care units.

Oct 5, 2021

Justices weigh red-light camera fees

Florida Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical Tuesday of a potential class-action lawsuit challenging credit-card fees that a company collects from motorists who get caught on camera running red lights.

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