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Lawmakers to consider moment of silence measure

December 17, 2020
An effort to require public-school students to engage in a moment of silence at the start of each school day is back before the state Legislature. Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, refiled legislation (…

Access expands to COVID vaccine

December 16, 2020
About 180 hospitals across the state will have access to COVID-19 vaccines as of next week, Florida’s emergency management chief said Tuesday. Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Mo…

By the Numbers: Florida counties with fewest COVID deaths

December 16, 2020
Florida this week surpassed 20,000 resident deaths from COVID-19. The largest numbers of deaths have happened in heavily populated Southeast Florida. But here are the dozen counties with the fewes…

Land deals, including one in Panhandle, approved

December 15, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state Cabinet agreed Tuesday to spend more than $16.7 million to protect fields in Southwest Florida where federally endangered Florida panthers roam and land in Washingto…

DeSantis says Trump loss could affect Florida

December 15, 2020
A day after President Donald Trump lost the Electoral College vote, Gov. Ron DeSantis suggested Tuesday that the exit of his close political ally from the White House could affect Florida on issue…

Medicaid cost, enrollment spiral in pandemic

December 15, 2020
A new forecast for Medicaid shows state economists and health officials continue to predict a jump in the number of people enrolling in the coming year — bringing a dramatic surge in the amount o…

First responder PTSD benefit claims rejected

December 15, 2020
More than two years after lawmakers passed a measure to expand benefits for first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, an appeals court Monday rejected a claim because it said…

Florida electors cast ballots, hold out hope

December 14, 2020
Florida’s Electoral College voters Monday cast their 29 ballots for President Donald Trump with hopes the Republican incumbent can still find a way to overturn election results in other states.

‘Magical moment’ as first vaccines arrive in Florida

December 14, 2020
The first wave of coronavirus vaccinations began in Florida on Monday, with health-care workers in Tampa and Jacksonville among the first to get inoculated.

Governor backs sanctions in Walton beach closure cases

December 14, 2020
TALLAHASSEE — Pointing to what they called “baseless” legal arguments, lawyers for Gov. Ron DeSantis have urged an appeals court to sanction a Northwest Florida attorney who filed a lawsuit to tr…