October 27, 2021

News Service of Florida

New area code sought for South Florida

With the state’s population continuing to grow and cell phones and other technology requiring new numbers, South Florida could get another area code. State regulators next week will hold a... Read more »
Published on 10/26/2021

Proposal seeks mentoring for teachers

Sen. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, on Monday filed a bill for the 2022 legislative session that seeks to create a training and mentoring program for teachers. The proposal (SB 618)... Read more »
Published on 10/26/2021

Online ordering of medical marijuana is restored by Florida judge

Leafly and similar sites will be able to resume contracting with Florida medical-marijuana operators to allow patients to order products online, under a ruling issued Monday by an administrative law... Read more »
Published on 10/26/2021

Florida gas prices at highest level since 2014

Florida gasoline prices went up 13 cents during the past week and are the highest they have been since October 2014, according to the AAA auto club. AAA said the... Read more »
Published on 10/25/2021

Exemption backed for names of lottery winners

A proposal to avoid the “nightmare” some people experience after winning big in the state lottery started to move forward Wednesday in the Florida House. The Government Operations Subcommittee voted... Read more »
Published on 10/21/2021

Jobless claims tick up in Florida

Unemployment claims in Florida increased slightly last week but remained similar to levels before the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 6,671 first-time unemployment claims were... Read more »
Published on 10/21/2021

Drug import plan could save $150 million

Florida could save up to $150 million in the first year that a prescription-drug importation program from Canada is fully in place, Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Simone Marstiller... Read more »
Published on 10/21/2021

Rule change allows football at state colleges

Football programs could come to Florida’s state college system after top education officials Wednesday repealed a rule that has prohibited colleges from having teams --- but it’s likely schools will... Read more »
Published on 10/21/2021

Citrus industry seeks to maintain funding, eyes research

Despite a predicted drop in citrus production across Florida, orange juice sales are tracking up and the industry wants lawmakers to maintain current amounts of state marketing and research funding... Read more »
Published on 10/20/2021

Higher natural gas costs could hit electric bills

Florida utilities are warning that volatile natural-gas prices could translate to higher-than-expected electric bills in 2022. Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. have notified state... Read more »
Published on 10/20/2021

McRorie Stepping Down as FSU Provost

As another sign of changes after Richard McCullough took over as president, Florida State University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sally McRorie announced Tuesday she will step... Read more »
Published on 10/20/2021

Judge refuses to toss out mask rule challenge

An administrative law judge Wednesday rejected a request by the Florida Department of Health to dismiss a challenge by six school boards to a rule that seeks to prevent student... Read more »
Published on 10/20/2021

Investments give Florida's pension fund a boost

Florida’s pension system got a financial boost during the past fiscal year, as it had a 29.46 percent investment return, according to a report posted online Monday by state economists.... Read more »
Published on 10/19/2021

Fried Suspends More Licenses of Jan. 6 Participants

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced Tuesday that six additional people have had concealed-weapons licenses suspended because they were involved in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. “The... Read more »
Published on 10/19/2021

Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Seminole gambling deal

Dealing a win to Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe, a federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a gambling agreement that allows the tribe to have control... Read more »
Published on 10/19/2021

New law boosts Florida's unemployment fund

Florida’s unemployment trust fund has gained back about a half-billion dollars since a new law began requiring out-of-state online retailers in July to collect sales taxes on purchases made by... Read more »
Published on 10/18/2021

DeSantis awards more 'job growth' money

Gov. Ron DeSantis continued to dole out money from the state’s Job Growth Grant Fund on Monday. DeSantis awarded $6 million to Hernando County for manufacturing, education, health-care and aviation... Read more »
Published on 10/18/2021

Vacation rental issue re-emerges in legislature

Florida lawmakers appear poised to again debate the regulation of the vacation-rental industry. Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, on Monday filed a bill (HB 325) that is the latest version in... Read more »
Published on 10/18/2021

Medical marijuana is exploding in Florida, and regulators are asking for financial help

As Florida’s legal pot industry is poised to mushroom, health regulators are asking lawmakers for nearly $13 million to more than double the number of workers in the office that... Read more »
Published on 10/18/2021

State looks to education to address health care worker shortages

 Lawmakers are mulling ways to help bolster education and training programs for nurses and other health care professionals to address an ongoing staffing crisis in hospitals and long-term care facilities.... Read more »
Published on 10/18/2021

Delaney to become permanent Flagler president

Former University of North Florida President and Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney is set to become the permanent president of Flagler College, after serving as interim president since July. The private... Read more »
Published on 10/14/2021

State school boards blast request for federal security aid

TALLAHASSEE --- The organization that represents Florida school boards has “great concern” for the safety of board members and school officials after recent reports of threats, but is rejecting its... Read more »
Published on 10/14/2021

Education eyed to address health care worker shortages

Lawmakers are mulling ways to help bolster education and training programs for nurses and other health care professionals to address an ongoing staffing crisis in hospitals and long-term care facilities.... Read more »
Published on 10/13/2021

Challenge to air ambulance billing law rejected

A federal judge has rejected a challenge to a 2020 state law that limits amounts that air-ambulance services can charge for transporting patients. U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor on Tuesday... Read more »
Published on 10/13/2021

Citrus forecast points to difficult season

Florida’s citrus industry is forecast to have one of the lowest production years in decades as it continues to grapple with a devastating disease and other issues. In the first... Read more »
Published on 10/13/2021

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