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Nova may back off from requiring COVID-19 vaccines, now that the governor prohibits it

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 12:01

George Hanbury, president and CEO of NSU, said that requiring staff and students to be vaccinated is the best way to ensure their safety against COVID-19. But Gov. Ron DeSantis has prohibited "vaccine passports" at Florida businesses.

Former FSU football star Travis Rudolph argued with girlfriend and four men before deadly shooting, authorities say

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:41

On the day former FSU football star Travis Rudolph allegedly shot a man dead, he had gotten into an altercation with his girlfriend, then fought with a group of men and shot at them while they were trying to leave in a car, according to a sheriff’s arrest report released Thursday.

Alcee Hastings’ death could give DeSantis a chance to put Republicans on county commissions

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 08:00

State law gives Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis the right to replace commissioners if they run to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings. That could result in two Republicans on the all-Democratic Broward County Commission.

Ghislaine Maxwell says it’s not her fault her Brooklyn jail cell is filthy

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 07:59

The letter filed Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court is the latest in an increasingly hostile dispute over the conditions of the British socialite’s confinement at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park.

Forecast for 2021 hurricane season: Another busy year

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 07:58

A forecast by Colorado State University predicts eight hurricanes, with a total of 17 named storms in 2021.

Florida Senate OKs making restaurant booze-to-go a permanent thing

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 07:41

The Florida Senate approved a bill that would permanently allow restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks with take-home meals.

NY investor behind Piney Point ran hedge funds, a blueberry farm and string of Hooters

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 06:40

Florida has vowed to hold the owner of the Piney Point phosphate plant “accountable” for problems at the facility, according to the Bradenton Herald.

DeSantis complains again about ’60 Minutes’ story, gets vaccinated off-camera

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 06:17

Shortly afterward, a DeSantis spokesman said the governor had privately received his vaccination shot. DeSantis joins Trump in receiving his shot off-camera, without publicizing it.

Alleged Bahamas flight Matt Gaetz took with former Orlando airport board appointee Jason Pirozzolo being investigated, report says

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 17:51

Federal investigators are probing a trip to the Bahamas that U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz allegedly took with former Orlando International Airport board appointee Jason Pirozzolo as part of a probe into potential sex-trafficking violations, CBS News reported Wednesday evening.

Florida Senate unveils scaled-down gambling bills with no sports betting

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 17:28

A Trump casino or sports betting? It isn't on the table in Florida's latest gambling bills.

Former FSU football star and NFL player Travis Rudolph accused of murder

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 16:26

After a stellar high school football career, Travis Rudolph starred at Florida State University and even made it to the NFL, bringing pride to his small community in Palm Beach County. Now he’s accused of opening gunfire on four people early Wednesday, killing one and wounding another

‘Finally’: Advocates hail news that state prisons will soon get 33K doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 15:26

Florida Department of Corrections facilities will receive 33,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, a spokeswoman for the Florida Division of Emergency Management said Tuesday evening.

Alcee Hastings didn’t want a funeral, so there won’t be one

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 12:44

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings made his wishes clear before his death: No funeral. His wish was to be cremated.

Business tax cut makes Florida online sales tax OK, activist Grover Norquist says

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 12:35

Florida lawmakers are poised to add a large business tax cut to a bill that would require online retailers to collect more sales taxes from purchases, avoiding violating a pledge made by three dozen Republicans not to raise taxes, according to the anti-tax group that organized the pledge.

Florida reports 5,885 new COVID-19 cases and 42 more deaths

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 11:33

Florida reported 5,885 new COVID-19 cases and 42 more deaths on Wednesday.

Deputies remove 10-foot gator found under car in Florida

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 10:31

One Florida sheriff's department has been busy rounding up wayward alligators. One was 10 feet, 2 inches long.

Gators roll around Florida backyard. And it’s caught on video.

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 09:29

Two alligators intertwine and roll around on a grassy shore in what could be a courtship ritual. Gator courting season is going on now.

Top Florida Republicans offer warm words on Alcee Hastings death. Ron DeSantis wasn’t as nice.

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 09:14

Within hours of his death on Tuesday, Florida’s top Republicans all paid warm respects to Congressman Alcee Hastings, the outspoken liberal Democrat. But the words from one – Gov. Ron DeSantis – stood out as different from the others. His statement was much more perfunctory.

Congressman Alcee Hastings, after career of triumph, calamity and comeback, dies at 84

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 08:10

Congressman Alcee Hastings died Tuesday. The South Florida congressman, who was 84, made history in many ways — positive and negative. He was a civil rights lawyer in 1960s and '70s Fort Lauderdale. He was Florida's first Black federal judge, and was later impeached and removed. He was part of the first Black members of Congress from Florida since Reconstruction.

Matt Gaetz, one of Trump’s most vocal allies, is said to have sought a blanket pardon

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 17:42

In the final weeks of Donald Trump’s term, Matt Gaetz is said to have privately asked the White House for blanket preemptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies.

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