Sep 23, 2021

Feds pay for school board salaries amid mask fight

The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it has provided nearly $150,000 to the Alachua County School Board to cover a state penalty targeting board members’ salaries.

Sep 23, 2021

Florida jobless claims remain steady

Florida continues to see relatively little change in new unemployment claims, with the U.S. Department of Labor estimating Thursday that the state had 6,845 initial claims during the week that ended Sept. 18.

Sep 23, 2021

Space Florida seeks Space Force training site

Florida’s aerospace agency has been working to bring a Space Force training site to the state after the command headquarters for the fledgling military branch landed in Alabama.

Sep 22, 2021

Texas-style abortion bill filed in Florida

State Rep. Webster Barnaby, R-Deltona, filed a proposal Wednesday that aims to follow Texas’ lead in blocking physicians from performing abortions if there is a “detectable fetal heartbeat.”

Sep 22, 2021

Decrease continues in hospital patients with COVID-19

The number of people hospitalized in Florida with COVID-19 continued to decrease Wednesday, getting closer to 8,000, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sep 22, 2021

State revamps COVID-19 rule for schools

Pointing to a need to “minimize the amount of time students are removed from in-person learning,” the Florida Department of Health on Wednesday issued a revised rule that gives parents more authority to decide whether children go to school after being exposed to people who have COVID-19.

Sep 22, 2021

Judge blocks key parts of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ law

More than two years after a fierce legislative debate, a federal judge on Tuesday blocked key parts of an immigration law that banned so-called sanctuary cities in Florida.

Sep 21, 2021

DeSantis taps doctor, researcher as surgeon general

Physician and researcher Joseph Ladapo was named Florida surgeon general on Tuesday, calling for being “done with fear” amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 51,000 of the state’s residents.

Sep 21, 2021

State poised to pull investments over Ben & Jerry’s decision

Florida continues to move closer to ending financial ties with ice-cream giant Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company, Unilever PLC.

Sep 21, 2021

State goes to appeals court in school board mask fight

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has asked an appeals court to block challenges filed by five school boards against a Department of Health rule aimed at preventing students from being forced to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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