May 20, 2024

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Florida reports 22,000+ abortions this year before the six-week law began

More than 22,000 abortions were performed in Florida this year before a law took effect May 1 preventing most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Newly posted data on the... Read more »
Published on 5/20/2024

Florida unemployment rate in April inches up to highest level in over 2 years, now at 3.3%

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida’s unemployment rate in April was the highest in more than two years as it inched up for a second consecutive month. The state Department of Commerce on... Read more »
Published on 5/19/2024

State says first-quarter tourism set record

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida announced record tourism numbers for the first quarter of 2024, as totals for international visitors continue to move closer to pre-pandemic levels. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said... Read more »
Published on 5/17/2024

Florida Jobless Claims Increase

The number of first-time unemployment claims filed in Florida last week was the highest total since January. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released a report that estimated 7,051... Read more »
Published on 5/16/2024

Federal judge permanently blocks part of Florida voter-registration law

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge Wednesday issued a final decision blocking part of a 2023 Florida elections law that placed new restrictions on voter-registration groups, including preventing non-U.S. citizens from... Read more »
Published on 5/16/2024

DeSantis Signs Energy, China Investments Bills

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed a controversial energy bill that includes repealing parts of state law about greenhouse-gas emissions and another measure that calls for ending state... Read more »
Published on 5/16/2024

Felon voting-rights group drops lawsuit after state plans to develop eligibility rules

TALLAHASSEE — Plaintiffs have dropped for now a federal lawsuit challenging how the state carried out a 2018 constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of felons who have completed... Read more »
Published on 5/15/2024

FHSAA Considers Compensation for Student Athletes

TALLAHASSEE — The governing body that oversees high-school athletics in Florida could soon approve a proposal that would lead to high-school athletes getting paid through business agreements such as endorsement... Read more »
Published on 5/15/2024

Florida steps up its rules on cattle imports because of disease spread

Florida has expanded rules blocking the importation of some cattle because of the spread of a type of avian influenza in dairy herds in other states. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton... Read more »
Published on 5/14/2024

Florida sues Biden administration over trans health care rule

TALLAHASSEE — Florida has filed a lawsuit challenging a new federal health-care rule, saying it clashes with the state’s efforts to restrict treatments such as hormone therapy and puberty blockers... Read more »
Published on 5/13/2024

Citrus Industry Continues to Feel Squeeze

TALLAHASSEE --- Bruises continue to be inflicted on Florida’s citrus industry, as the forecast for the nearly concluded growing season dropped further Friday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an... Read more »
Published on 5/12/2024

Florida Jobless Claims Dip

Florida last week saw a drop in first-time unemployment claims, though company notices filed with the state show some workers face layoffs. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released... Read more »
Published on 5/10/2024

Arcade Champs Duel in Court Over Recordings

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Supreme Court justices heard arguments Wednesday involving two arcade-game champs — but the case isn’t focused on who’s the grandmaster of Pac-Man. Justices are grappling instead with... Read more »
Published on 5/9/2024

Free orange juice will stay at Florida welcome centers, despite budget slice

TALLAHASSEE --- Free orange juice will continue to flow at Florida interstate welcome centers while state citrus officials adjust to a pending 10 percent legislative budget cut for their promotional... Read more »
Published on 5/8/2024

Florida tangles with the feds over immigration case

TALLAHASSEE — Florida and the federal government squared off this week in an appeals court about whether the state could legally challenge Biden administration policies that led to undocumented immigrants... Read more »
Published on 5/8/2024

Lower Gas Costs Trim Duke, TECO Bills

TALLAHASSEE — State regulators Tuesday approved plans that will save money for customers of Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. starting in June. The plans, approved without discussion by... Read more »
Published on 5/7/2024

Florida hospital system, feds reach $1.5 million settlement over Medicare discounts

A Florida hospital system has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations involving discounts offered to certain Medicare beneficiaries. Baptist Health System reached the settlement with the U.S. Department... Read more »
Published on 5/7/2024

Space agency points to expansion needs

TALLAHASSEE --- Space Florida anticipates the need to add a large amount of wharf property around one of the world’s most-active cruise ports to help the expanding private space industry... Read more »
Published on 5/6/2024

Florida hospital operator files for bankruptcy

TALLAHASSEE — A company that operates eight Florida hospitals filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, calling it a “necessary measure to allow the company to continue to provide necessary care to... Read more »
Published on 5/6/2024

Feds Say They Can Handle Permits Amid Fight

TALLAHASSEE — Federal environmental officials have pushed back against arguments by Florida that a legal fight over wetlands-related permitting has put more than 1,000 permit applications into "regulatory limbo." Florida... Read more »
Published on 5/3/2024

Florida sues over new Biden rule expanding background checks for gunshow, online sales

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Biden administration rule that will require more gun sellers to be licensed and run... Read more »
Published on 5/1/2024

DeSantis sticks fork in lab-grown meat

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed a controversial measure that will bar selling or manufacturing lab-grown meat in Florida and prevent local regulation of electric-vehicle charging stations. DeSantis... Read more »
Published on 5/1/2024

Campus Tensions Increase Amid Protests

TALLAHASSEE — Arrests of protesters on Florida university campuses increased this week, after tensions ratcheted up at the University of Florida and the University of South Florida during demonstrations about... Read more »
Published on 5/1/2024

Florida defends its Congressional map

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration late Monday urged the state Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of a congressional redistricting plan that DeSantis pushed through the Legislature in 2022,... Read more »
Published on 4/30/2024

Duke Energy and TECO customers should see reductions in their bills soon

Customers of Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. should see monthly bills trimmed in June because of lower-than-expected natural gas costs, state Public Service Commission staff members have recommended.... Read more »
Published on 4/30/2024

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