Nov 2, 2021

Book program moves forward for struggling readers

A state-backed program designed to help struggling elementary-school readers by delivering free books to their homes is set to start shipping books next month, and eligible families are being encouraged to sign up.

Nov 1, 2021

Small business tax ‘holiday’ proposed

Discounts for shoppers would be offered through a sales-tax “holiday” at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, under a pair of bills filed Monday for the 2022 legislative session, which will start in January.

Nov 1, 2021

State nears 60,000 COVID-19 deaths

Florida is approaching 60,000 reported COVID-19 deaths, though the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals continues to drop.

Nov 1, 2021

Florida gasoline prices stabilize

After increasing earlier in October, gasoline prices stabilized in Florida last week, according to the AAA auto club.

Oct 29, 2021

COVID-19 patients in hospitals, ICUs down

The numbers of Florida hospital patients and intensive-care unit patients with COVID-19 continue to drop.

Oct 29, 2021

Lawmakers could give boost to nursing homes, prison workers

Amid fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and worker shortages, Florida lawmakers next week will consider proposals to inject nearly $100 million into nursing homes and boost pay of state correctional officers.

Oct 29, 2021

Virtual school growth spurs debate on funding

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted skyrocketing student enrollment in virtual education, putting a spotlight on competition among Florida providers – and igniting a debate about whether lawmakers should tweak the way public schools are funded as more students take classes online.

Oct 29, 2021

Feds file complaint over school board money

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday filed a complaint requesting that an administrative law judge order Florida to stop withholding funds from school districts that received federal money to cover school board members’ salaries.

Oct 28, 2021

Florida challenges federal vaccination requirement

Florida filed a federal lawsuit Thursday that challenges moves by the Biden administration to require employees of federal contractors to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccinations by Dec. 8.

Oct 28, 2021

Florida jobless claims inch up

Unemployment claims in Florida last week were the highest since mid-September, but the number of applications remained similar to levels before the COVID-19 pandemic crashed the economy in 2020.

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