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By the Numbers: Bright red counties

January 19, 2022
Republicans last year overtook Democrats in registered voters in Florida.

Feds ease requirements for school bus drivers

January 4, 2022
Federal transportation officials on Tuesday announced a plan to ease licensure requirements for school bus drivers in an attempt to relieve driver shortages in Florida and other states.

DeSantis racing feds on at-home COVID tests

January 4, 2022
Saying that the “federal government is not going to come through” on a plan to distribute at-home coronavirus tests, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said the state is honing its own strategy to send t…

HCA buys Florida urgent care centers

January 4, 2022
HCA Healthcare, which operates 47 hospitals in Florida, has purchased a network of 59 urgent-care centers in the state, the company announced Tuesday.

COVID-19 hospital patients near 7,000

January 4, 2022
The number of Florida hospital inpatients with COVID-19 has jumped to nearly 7,000, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

FPL faces class action over Irma outages

January 4, 2022
More than four years after Hurricane Irma plowed through the state, a judge has cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit against Florida Power & Light because of customers’ electricity gettin…

Session to open without COVID-19 restrictions

January 4, 2022
Legislative leaders are monitoring the spike in coronavirus cases across Florida but haven’t made plans to reimpose restrictions on public access that were used during the 2021 session.

GOP lawmakers seek to restrict ballot initiatives

January 4, 2022
Two Republican lawmakers filed proposals Monday that would restrict subjects that could be included in ballot initiatives. Sen. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, and Rep. Mike Beltran, R-Lithia, filed the …

Head Start vaccination mandate blocked

January 3, 2022
A federal judge has blocked a Biden administration rule that would require staff members at Head Start preschool centers in Florida to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Florida unemployment claims at pre-pandemic levels

January 3, 2022
First-time unemployment claims in Florida rolled in last month at a pace similar to the period before the coronavirus pandemic pounded the economy.