October 23, 2020

News Service of Florida

Florida courts seek money to dig out of pandemic ‘hole'

Florida’s state court system needs more than $16 million to address increased workloads caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a budget request submitted last week to the Legislature. The... Read more »
Published on 10/21/2020

Florida part of antitrust suit against Google

Florida was one of 11 states that joined the U.S. Department of Justice in filing a major antitrust lawsuit Tuesday against internet search giant Google. The lawsuit, filed in U.S.... Read more »
Published on 10/20/2020

Tobacco payment fight goes to Florida supreme court

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has gone to the Florida Supreme Court in a case about whether it is responsible for paying more than $100 million in a dispute stemming from... Read more »
Published on 10/19/2020

AMA: Florida Blue is fourth most dominant health insurer

Florida Blue dominates in 22 metropolitan statistical areas across Florida, according to an analysis by the American Medical Association, although Florida is not on the list of least-competitive markets for... Read more »
Published on 10/19/2020

Florida considering end of daily COVID-19 reports

Two Democratic state senators Friday called on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration to continue reporting the numbers of COVID-19 cases on a daily basis. DeSantis spokesman Fred Piccolo told Spectrum News... Read more »
Published on 10/19/2020

Regulators eye workers' comp rate cut

Florida insurance regulators Tuesday dug into the details of a proposal that calls for reducing workers’ compensation insurance rates next year by an average of 5.7 percent. The state Office... Read more »
Published on 10/14/2020

Nearly 1.8 million Floridians have voted already

With Election Day still three weeks away, nearly 1.8 million Floridians had voted by mail as of Tuesday morning, according to the state Division of Elections. Voters had cast 1,782,663... Read more »
Published on 10/13/2020

Florida health price website gets little public attention

A program pushed by former Gov Rick Scott to help people compare prices and shop for medical procedures has cost taxpayers millions of dollars but has garnered little attention from... Read more »
Published on 10/12/2020

USDA: grants to boost telemedicine in rural Florida areas

Florida received more than $1 million in rural development grants to help fund three projects, including two targeted at telemedicine, the federal government announced Wednesday. PanCare of Florida received a... Read more »
Published on 10/12/2020

Florida citrus production forecast to drop

Florida’s signature citrus industry is facing another production squeeze, while growers might soon be asked to pay more to help market their products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday... Read more »
Published on 10/12/2020

FWC puts hold on oyster harvesting decision

Looking to address additional concerns from area residents, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission delayed a vote Wednesday on finalizing a suspension of wild-oyster harvesting in Apalachicola Bay for... Read more »
Published on 10/8/2020

State closes on ‘once in a generation' land deal

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday announced closing on a long-sought 17,088-acre tract in Franklin and Wakulla counties that includes a restrictive easement for the U.S. Air Force.... Read more »
Published on 10/8/2020

Southeastern Grocers Expands Fresco y Más into Southwest Florida

Today, Southeastern Grocers, Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, announces plans to expand its popular Hispanic grocery store into... Read more »
Published on 10/7/2020

DeSantis says closing schools in spring a mistake

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that closing school campuses in the spring as the coronavirus pandemic took hold might have been one of the nation’s biggest “public health mistakes.” And,... Read more »
Published on 10/7/2020

Board of medicine refuses to waive doctor license fees

Worried that the proposal would deplete their operating budget, members of the Florida Board of Medicine on Friday overwhelmingly shot down a request for the state to waive physician licensure... Read more »
Published on 10/5/2020

MAIL-IN BALLOTS CAST APPROACH 600,000

More than 571,000 Floridians have already cast ballots for the November election, as Monday marked the final day residents could register to vote. As of Monday morning, 571,718 vote-by-mail ballots... Read more »
Published on 10/5/2020

Water war arguments to be held ‘in due course'

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday indicated it will hear oral arguments in the long-running water battle between Florida and Georgia but did not specify when. The court issued an... Read more »
Published on 10/5/2020

Florida Supreme Court to take unusual second look at medical marijuana amendment

In an unusual move, the Florida Supreme Court is poised to hold a second round of arguments in a high-stakes case about whether the state has properly carried out a... Read more »
Published on 10/4/2020

State, counties look to boost farmworker COVID-19 testing

State and local agencies are launching an effort to increase COVID-19 testing of farmworkers during the fall harvest season, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The... Read more »
Published on 10/2/2020

Rapid test kits heading to Florida

Florida will receive 400,000 rapid-test kits a week that can be used to detect COVID-19 infections at schools, senior centers and long-term care facilities, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday at... Read more »
Published on 9/29/2020

IBM drops challenge to Deloitte medicaid contract

IBM has withdrawn its challenge to a decision by the state Agency for Health Care Administration to award a major Medicaid contract to Deloitte Consulting. A notice was filed Tuesday... Read more »
Published on 9/28/2020

Testing requirement dropped for disability facilities

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration on Friday announced it is backing off a requirement that facilities for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities test staff members for COVID-19 every two weeks.... Read more »
Published on 9/28/2020

Democrats ask full court to hear ballot order fight

Pointing to the “exceptional importance” of issues in the case, Democratic Party organizations want a full federal appeals court to take up a challenge to a Florida law that determines... Read more »
Published on 9/28/2020

TECO seeks approval for charging station plan

Tampa Electric Co. asked state regulators Friday for approval of a four-year pilot program that would lead to installing about 200 charging ports for electric vehicles. The pilot would involve... Read more »
Published on 9/27/2020

Florida property insurance market is ‘unhealthy,' Citizens chief warns

Homeowners are again starting to flock to the state-backed property insurer of last resort as the private market becomes economically stressed, the president of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. warned Wednesday.... Read more »
Published on 9/24/2020

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Rare, two-headed snake found in Palm Harbor home
Rare, two-headed snake found in Palm Harbor home

A family in Palm Harbor recently found a rare creature in their home – a two-headed snake. FWC researchers said the phenomenon is named bicephaly – an uncommon occurrence that happens during snake embryo development. When two monozygotic twins fail to separate, it leaves the heads conjoined onto a single body.

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