Oct 1, 2021

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients below 5,500

Florida hospitals reported Friday that 5,414 inpatients had COVID-19, with 1,425 in intensive-care unit beds, according to data posted online by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Oct 1, 2021

Deal makes Florida company largest marijuana retailer

Trulieve, the state’s largest medical marijuana operator, is now the nation’s biggest cannabis retailer, after closing on a $2.1 billion deal to acquire former competitor Harvest Health & Recreation Inc.

Sep 30, 2021

Decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations continues

The number of inpatients in Florida hospitals with COVID-19 has dropped below 6,000, according to data posted Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sep 29, 2021

Supreme Court urged to weigh termination of parental rights

In a case stemming from a woman who put a newborn infant in a trash bag, an appeals court Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to consider the constitutionality of a 2014 change in state law dealing with the termination of parental rights.

Sep 28, 2021

State ratchets up immigration fight

Pointing to what they called a “crisis,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody launched another legal challenge Tuesday to immigration decisions by the Biden administration, while Gov. Ron DeSantis took a series of steps to address people coming into the state illegally.

Sep 28, 2021

Florida faces challenges on sex offender registry

Florida is facing two constitutional challenges from men who live in other states and contend they have been improperly kept on public sex-offender registry lists in Florida.

Sep 28, 2021

DeSantis targets Facebook over ‘whitelisting’

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday directed Secretary of State Laurel Lee to conduct an investigation into alleged election interference by Facebook after a Wall Street Journal report about the social-media company.

Sep 27, 2021

Court clears social media companies in Pulse massacre

A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that Twitter, Google and Facebook should be held liable in the 2016 massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub after Islamic State social-media posts radicalized shooter Omar Mateen.

Sep 27, 2021

Minimum wage hike, vaping changes take effect

Minimum wage workers in Florida will get a voter-approved pay boost this week, while about two-dozen new laws kick in, including a regulatory framework for electronic cigarettes.

Sep 24, 2021

Florida, feds battle over immigration enforcement

An appeals court Friday appeared skeptical of arguments by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office that immigration-enforcement moves by the Biden administration have violated federal law and should be blocked.

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