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Court rejects murder appeal on cell phone mapping

December 9, 2020
An appeals court Wednesday upheld a first-degree murder conviction in a 2013 shooting at a Palm Beach County restaurant, rejecting arguments that a detective was not qualified to serve as an expert…

DeSantis outlines vaccination plan

December 9, 2020
TALLAHASSEE — Participating in a White House vaccine summit on Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis outlined what appeared to be the state’s final COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. DeSantis s…

Florida launches ‘strong case’ for Space Force

December 8, 2020
TALLAHASSEE — Space Florida leaders on Tuesday praised aerospace facilities and commercial operations in the state, as site selectors inspected Patrick Air Force Base as a finalist to be the per…

Challenge to mask mandate dismissed in court

December 8, 2020
TALLAHASSEE — An appeals court has tossed out a challenge by the Leon County Republican Party chairman to a county requirement that people wear face masks to try to prevent the spread of COVID-1…

COVID hospitalizations by county

December 8, 2020
TALLAHASSEE — The state Agency for Health Care Administration reported Monday night that 4,495 people were hospitalized with “primary” diagnoses of COVID-19. Here are 14 counties that had more t…

Florida tourism recovery still at least year away

December 7, 2020
TALLAHASSEE — Effects of the coronavirus pandemic on state tourism decreased in October, but recovery for Florida’s vital revenue-generating industry is still at best a year away, according to a…

Red light cameras targeted again in House

December 7, 2020
The repeated effort to turn off red-light traffic cameras is back in the Florida House. Howey-in-the-Hills Republican Rep. Anthony Sabatini is again sponsoring a measure (HB 6009) that calls f…

Measure aims to increase swimming pool safety

December 7, 2020
Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, is again asking lawmakers to consider increased safety standards for residential pools. Hooper has re-filed legislation (SB 124) for the 2021 session that would i…

COVID deaths in Florida by age

December 7, 2020
TALLAHASSEE — The state Department of Health on Sunday reported that 19,177 Florida residents have died of COVID-19. Here is a breakdown of the resident deaths by age group: — Ages 0-4: 0 d…

Justices take up appeal in girl’s murder

December 7, 2020
TALLAHASSEE — More than seven years after an 8-year-old girl was abducted from a Jacksonville Walmart, raped and murdered, the Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether a…