October 4, 2022

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Federal judge rejects challenge to Florida ‘don't say gay' law for school instruction

A federal judge has rejected — at least for now — a lawsuit challenging a controversial new law that restricts instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools.... Read more »
Published on 10/4/2022

State Tax Collections Top Estimate

State general revenue came in $20.4 million higher than anticipated in August. A report posted Friday by the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research said the state collected nearly... Read more »
Published on 10/3/2022

Visit Florida pauses advertising as it crafts a post-Hurricane Ian campaign

Florida’s tourism marketing agency has paused advertising as it crafts a campaign to offset the negative images of washed-out communities and damaged bridges from Hurricane Ian. Visit Florida is finalizing... Read more »
Published on 10/3/2022

Citrus Growers Face ‘Gamut of Damages' from Ian

As they begin to assess groves damaged by Hurricane Ian, Southwest Florida citrus growers are seeing conditions potentially worse than after Hurricane Irma, which played a key role in citrus... Read more »
Published on 10/2/2022

Gas tax holiday headlines Florida laws kicking in Saturday

Prices at the pump for Florida motorists should go down Saturday as part of a temporary gas-tax break, as 27 new laws kick in this weekend. The new laws include... Read more »
Published on 9/30/2022

DeSantis Eyes Ian Damage, Death Toll at 12

After traveling Thursday to Southwest Florida to get a glimpse of the damage caused by Hurricane Ian, Gov. Ron DeSantis described the impact on Lee County’s Sanibel Island as “destruction,”... Read more »
Published on 9/30/2022

Ian Insured Losses Could Total $40 Billion

A financial ratings agency said Thursday that an initial analysis indicates insured losses from Hurricane Ian could range from $25 billion to $40 billion, putting additional pressure on Florida’s troubled... Read more »
Published on 9/30/2022

Florida Jobless Claims Dip

Initial unemployment claims in Florida dipped last week, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The report estimated that 5,277 initial claims were filed in... Read more »
Published on 9/29/2022

Gas Tax Break, New Laws Set to Take Effect

Prices at the pump for Florida motorists should go down Saturday as part of a temporary gas-tax break, as 27 new laws kick in this weekend. The new laws include... Read more »
Published on 9/29/2022

‘Marsy's Law' Case Postponed to November

Pointing to Hurricane Ian, the Florida Supreme Court postponed arguments that had been planned next week in three cases, including a high-profile dispute about a 2018 constitutional amendment known as... Read more »
Published on 9/29/2022

Insurers Temporarily Blocked from Dropping Policies

Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier on Wednesday issued an emergency order that will temporarily prevent property insurers from dropping customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. The order will suspend cancellations... Read more »
Published on 9/29/2022

Citrus Industry Could Take Hurricane Hit

Florida’s already-struggling citrus industry could take a hit from Hurricane Ian. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences said Wednesday that 375,000 acres of citrus groves could... Read more »
Published on 9/28/2022

‘Millions' Expected to Lose Electricity in Storm

Gov. Ron DeSantis said millions of Floridians will face power outages over the next two days as monstrous Hurricane Ian barrels through the state. “You are starting to see power... Read more »
Published on 9/28/2022

Hurricane Ian: DeSantis, Biden are burying the hatchet

Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Biden have put aside their considerable political differences as Hurricane Ian prepares to hammer Florida. During a White House press briefing Tuesday, Federal Emergency Management... Read more »
Published on 9/28/2022

Three Finalists Picked for FGCU Presidency

A search committee Monday named three finalists to succeed outgoing Florida Gulf Coast University President Mike Martin. The finalists hold university leadership positions and have deep backgrounds in higher education.... Read more »
Published on 9/28/2022

Residents Urged to Evacuate from ‘Vulnerable' Areas

With more than 2 million people along the Gulf Coast urged to evacuate in advance of Hurricane Ian, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said residents should expect a major hit... Read more »
Published on 9/27/2022

Fight swirls over ‘Rebuild Florida' name

In 2018, after Hurricane Irma left a massive swath of damage and shortly before Hurricane Michael pounded the Panhandle, state officials launched a program called “Rebuild Florida” to help repair... Read more »
Published on 9/27/2022

Utilities Gear Up for Ian Power Outages

Florida’s two largest electric utilities have some 22,000 workers ready to address anticipated power outages as massive Hurricane Ian takes aim at the state. Workers for smaller utilities also are... Read more »
Published on 9/27/2022

Florida on alert as Ian threatens

Gov. Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to be aware of local evacuation orders as Hurricane Ian is expected to strengthen into a “major” storm in the eastern Gulf of Mexico as... Read more »
Published on 9/26/2022

U.S. Sugar Deal Gets Go-Ahead

A judge Friday rejected an attempt by federal antitrust officials to block U.S. Sugar Corp. from purchasing another large player in the sugar industry. U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika ruled... Read more »
Published on 9/26/2022

DeSantis Targets China, Other ‘Hostile' Countries

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday issued an executive order aimed at governments in China, Iran, Russia, Cuba and “others hostile to American interests,” as he pointed to concerns about issues... Read more »
Published on 9/23/2022

Student Loan Plan Affects 2.43M Floridians

Nearly 2.43 million people in Florida are eligible for reductions or elimination of student-loan debt under a plan announced last month by President Joe Biden, according to numbers released Tuesday... Read more »
Published on 9/22/2022

Florida Jobless Claims Edge Up

First-time unemployment claims in Florida increased slightly last week, but the pace of filings remains relatively low. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 5,649 jobless claims were filed... Read more »
Published on 9/22/2022

Florida asks Supreme Court to decide tech law fight

Florida and major social-media companies could be poised for a showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawyers for the state Wednesday filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to take... Read more »
Published on 9/22/2022

State Picks North Florida Farmer for Pot License

The owner of a Suwanee County farm is in line to be the state’s newest medical-marijuana operator, beating out 11 other applicants competing for a license earmarked for a Black... Read more »
Published on 9/21/2022

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