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Florida lawmaker warns businesses ‘to stay in their lane,’ citing ‘much more’ voter access than Georgia

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 14:04

Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, the sponsor of a bill imposing new restrictions on how mail votes can be handled and makes other changes to election laws, says he isn’t backing down in the face of MLB’s pulling the All-Star Game out of Atlanta because of a new Georgia law restricting voting access.

Matt Gaetz target of U.S. House ethics probe over potential misconduct

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 13:11

The deepening of the scrutiny of the congressman comes as Gaetz has retained two prominent New York attorneys as he faces a Justice Department investigation into sex trafficking allegations involving underage girls.

Florida waives school testing rules, removes high-stakes consequences for promotion, graduation, grades

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 12:11

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an emergency order Friday that waives consequences for students who skip Florida exams this spring or take them but do poorly. It also waives A-to-F school grades except if a school "opts in."

Florida pushes to ban transgender students from female sports teams; critics call it ‘bigoted’

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 11:44

Proponents say the bills are "pro women and pro girl" and aim to protect their rights to play sports without unfair competition from "biological males." Critics say state and national athletic associations already have adopted successful rules on including transgender athletes and a ban is neither needed nor right.

The U.S. just raised its hurricane season averages after a decade of higher storm activity

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 11:13

An "average" hurricane season increased from 12 to 14 storms after NOAA began using a new 30-year period for its calculation.

Will ash from the volcano head toward Florida?

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 10:42

The ash cloud from the St. Vincent volcano is unlikely to reach Florida, the National Weather Service said Friday.

Tributes pour in from around the world for Prince Philip, ‘an extraordinary public servant’

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 07:21

Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush and Jacinda Ardern are among world leaders who have sent their condolences to the Royal Family.

Not guilty plea entered for Joel Greenberg in brief arraignment on latest charges

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 07:13

Joel Greenberg, the former Seminole County Tax Collector, is expected to plead not guilty today to the latest charges that include he used his public position to divert more than $400,000 of public money into personal accounts, and that he bribed a government official to obtain fraudulent loans through a program meant to help small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

That sigh of relief you’re hearing from Marco Rubio? Trump just endorsed him for re-election

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 07:02

Just a few months ago, conservatives were looking for a primary challenger to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and speculation swirled around a potential Ivanka Trump challenge to him in 2022. The threat to Rubio from within the party has now eased with Donald Trump's "complete and total endorsement" of the senator's re-election.

Truck drivers accused of kidnapping females; 1 arrested in Central Florida

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 04:44

The FBI arrested two truck drivers — including one in Central Florida — who are accused of kidnapping females and demanding ransom for their release.

Florida man gets 24 years for street-racing crash that killed woman, baby

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 04:07

A Florida man late Thursday received a prison sentence of 24 years for his role in a crash that killed a woman and her 1-year-old daughter.

Joel Greenberg case back in court today for arraignment on new charges

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 03:00

Joel Greenberg, the former Seminole County Tax Collector, is expected to plead not guilty today to the latest charges that include he used his public position to divert more than $400,000 of public money into personal accounts, and that he bribed a government official to obtain fraudulent loans through a program meant to help small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Woman pulled from wreck said she was alone in car, deputies say. Her passenger burned to death.

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 22:45

Investigators say Binger was driving at 62 mph in a 30-mph zone, and there was no evidence of skid marks to indicate any attempt to swerve or brake.

Elmo doll defiled by home inspector, filmed by nursery camera: cops

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 16:08

The suspect, Kevin Wayne VanLuven, was reportedly ordered to undergo a psych evaluation.

Maps of Florida coronavirus cases by ZIP code and county

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 15:37

Search for Florida coronavirus patients by ZIP code using this interactive map. Also see hourly updates on confirmed cases, the number of tests conducted and details of each patient. Data including cases in Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, Orange County, Collier County, Lee County, Manatee County, Pinellas County, Volusia County, Hillsborough County and others.

Florida lawmakers vote to raise $1 billion from online consumers to cut business taxes

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 15:13

A plan to use taxes on sales by out-of-state online retailers to help Florida businesses is heading to Gov. Ron DeSantis after passing the House and Senate on Thursday.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine site in North Carolina temporarily shuts down after 18 people have adverse reactions

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 14:45

The exact number of people who suffered serious side effects is not yet known. The site typically injects 2,000 people per day.

Joel Greenberg expected to strike plea deal with prosecutors by May 15, attorneys say

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 14:26

Joel Greenberg is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges by the middle of next month, his attorney and prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed during a court hearing this afternoon.

Former senator Artiles, no-party candidate face new charges in election scheme

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 13:49

New charges expand on a criminal case that accuses Republican operative and former state senator Frank Artiles of paying auto parts dealer Alexis Rodriguez nearly $50,000 to run as an independent in Miami-Dade’s Senate District 37 race.

Biden protects Venezuelans from deportation, but Florida leaders differ over permanent residency

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 13:45

Florida Democrats and Republicans celebrated the Biden administration’s decision to grant protected status to Venezuelan refugees. But the question of whether enough Republicans will get on board in making those protections permanent remains in doubt.

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