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Questions remain about extended unemployment benefits

December 30, 2020
Questions remained Wednesday about when extended unemployment benefits from a newly signed federal stimulus package will be available for Floridians out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic. …

Garcon Point Bridge bondholders ask judge to reinstate tolls

December 30, 2020
Bondholders this week asked a circuit judge to quickly order the Florida Department of Transportation to reinstate toll collections on a controversial Panhandle bridge where tolls have been suspen…

COVID vaccines serve up questions — some not yet answered

December 30, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is relying on Florida hospitals to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to health care workers, seniors and at-risk populations in the communities the hospitals serve. …

More than 122,000 receive vaccinations

December 29, 2020
More than 122,000 Floridians received COVID-19 vaccinations during the first two weeks that the long-awaited shots were available, according to numbers posted Monday on the Florida Department of He…

Bill to address extra protections for pregnant workers

December 28, 2020
Florida lawmakers could consider a proposal aimed at ensuring employers provide accommodations for pregnant women. Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez, R-Doral, filed a proposal (SB 384) on Monday that, in pa…

New laws set to go into effect this week: Find out what will change

December 28, 2020
A bill dealing with a voter-approved prohibition on public officials and employees using their offices to benefit themselves, their families or employers is among four new laws that will take effec…

Long-term care death toll tops 8,000

December 28, 2020
As Gov. Ron DeSantis prioritizes seniors for new vaccines, the COVID-19 death toll for long-term care residents and staff members has increased to more than 8,000 since the pandemic started.

Senator seeks to boost child-restraint age

December 28, 2020
Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, is again pursuing legislation that would require 6-year-old children to be in car seats or booster seats, raising the age in state law by one year. As he’s done for…

November state revenue tops expectations

December 26, 2020
As Florida continues trying to claw itself out of financial problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, November general-revenue collections exceeded expectations and slightly topped collections in p…

DeSantis puts focus on vaccinating seniors

December 26, 2020
The first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida went primarily to people under age 65, as Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state is pivoting to give the vast majority of shots to seniors due to their …