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Florida ramps up plans to vaccinate seniors

Florida on Thursday ramped up plans to vaccinate seniors for COVID-19 by publishing two emergency rules that require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to allow representatives from the state health department, CVS and Walgreens into the facilities.

The emergency rules from DeSantis’ administration also gave nursing homes and assisted living facilities until the end of Thursday to sign up on state-supported websites to participate in what’s known as the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care  Program.

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Florida reaches disturbing milesone

On April 1, just weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, 7,773 people in Florida had tested positive for the insidious disease. By July 1, that total was up to 158,997. On Oct. 1, it had leaped to 709,144.

And on Tuesday, Florida reached a milestone that nobody wanted to see: more than 1 million reported cases.

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Lifelong Republican chastises those casting doubt on presidential election

TALLAHASSEE --- Saying he could no longer remain silent, Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley issued a rare and lengthy statement this week castigating people he said are imperiling the nation’s democracy by casting doubt on the outcome of the presidential contest.

Corley, a lifelong Republican, did not identify President Donald Trump by name in the roughly 900-word screed released Wednesday.

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Business unemployment taxes going up as jobless claims slow

TALLAHASSEE --- State unemployment taxes are going up for businesses struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the pace of new jobless claims continues to slow in Florida.

The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 20,787 new jobless claims were filed in Florida during the holiday-shortened week that ended Nov.  28. That was an estimated 23 percent reduction in new claims from the prior week.

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John Thrasher FSU

Standing ground against ‘Campus Carry’

TALLAHASSEE --- Delivering what likely will be his final address to Florida State University’s Faculty Senate, President John Thrasher this week pledged to continue his efforts to keep guns off campus.

Thrasher, an FSU alum who announced earlier this year that he intends to step down as president, has long opposed proposals that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry firearms on Florida college and university campuses.

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Pensacola Bridge

Judge backs state in fight over damages

TALLAHASSEE --- In the latest chapter in a long-running legal battle, a circuit judge has ruled that the Florida Department of Transportation cannot be forced to pay damages to bondholders because of lost toll revenues on a Panhandle bridge.

The ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper centered on the Garcon Point Bridge, which spans part of Pensacola Bay but has never produced enough money from tolls to pay off bonds that financed its construction.

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