December 3, 2022

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Florida jobless claims down following Thanksgiving week

First-time unemployment claims in Florida dropped sharply during the holiday-shortened Thanksgiving week. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 3,856 initial claims were filed in Florida last week, down... Read more »
Published on 12/2/2022

Decision Delayed on Casino Deal

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida gambling regulators on Thursday refused to sign off on the sale of Magic City Casino, one of the state’s oldest pari-mutuels, to the Poarch Creek Indians, bowing... Read more »
Published on 12/2/2022

Wildlife Officials Take Aim at Pythons

PANAMA CITY BEACH --- State wildlife officials want more money to eradicate invasive Burmese pythons and increased penalties for people who illegally import and release venomous reptiles. The proposals were... Read more »
Published on 12/1/2022

U.S. Sugar Completes Deal Amid Legal Fight

TALLAHASSEE — U.S. Sugar Corp. has completed a $315 million purchase of another large player in the sugar industry as the federal government continues to fight the merger on antitrust... Read more »
Published on 11/30/2022

Wildlife Officials Approve Manatee Protections

PANAMA CITY BEACH --- State wildlife officials Wednesday approved a seasonal no-entry zone in an area of Brevard County waters where manatees gather, while preparing for a second winter of... Read more »
Published on 11/30/2022

Florida faces more reinsurance problems

TALLAHASSEE — As Florida lawmakers try to stabilize the troubled property-insurance system next month, they could face worsening problems with reinsurance, a critical part of the system. Fitch Ratings released... Read more »
Published on 11/27/2022

Judge backs state, insurer on lawsuit change

With Florida property insurers trying to curb lawsuits, a Leon County circuit judge has refused to block a decision by Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier that could steer at least some disputes away from courtrooms. Read more »
Published on 11/21/2022

Florida Jobless Rate Up After Ian

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida saw an uptick in its unemployment rate in October after deadly Hurricane Ian swept through Southwest Florida, while the labor force continues to grow, according to numbers... Read more »
Published on 11/20/2022

Florida jobless claims below 6,000

First-time unemployment claims in Florida last week continued dropping toward levels from before Hurricane Ian, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The report estimated... Read more »
Published on 11/17/2022

Southwest Florida to Get Job Training Aid

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday directed $7.7 million of state and federal money toward skilled-labor training in Southwest Florida, as the region recovers from Hurricane Ian. “We want to make... Read more »
Published on 11/17/2022

FGCU President Search Down to One Finalist

Florida Gulf Coast University is down to one candidate in the search for a successor to retiring President Mike Martin, after two finalists dropped out in the past week. Robert... Read more »
Published on 11/16/2022

Thousands of students committed under Baker Act

Florida had 5,077 incidents of students being involuntarily committed under a mental-health law known as the Baker Act during the past school year, data presented Wednesday to a school-safety commission showed Read more »
Published on 11/16/2022

U.S. tourists flock to Florida as foreign visitors still lag

TALLAHASSEE --- U.S. visitors continued to drive Florida’s tourism industry at a record pace, while international travel still struggled to reach pre-pandemic levels, according to newly released figures for the... Read more »
Published on 11/16/2022

Citizens Boosts Ian Cost Estimate to $3.8B

TALLAHASSEE — The state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. on Tuesday substantially increased its estimated costs from Hurricane Ian, with the tab now expected to reach $3.8 billion. Citizens last month... Read more »
Published on 11/15/2022

Feds push back on Florida's claim that FDA 'dragged its feet' on Canada drug imports

The Biden administration this week asked a judge to reject allegations that the Food and Drug Administration has “dragged its feet” on a Florida proposal to import prescription drugs from... Read more »
Published on 11/14/2022

Insurance pressures continue after Nicole

TALLAHASSEE — Despite pounding parts of the East Coast, Hurricane Nicole will not hit Florida’s insurance market as hard as Hurricane Ian. CoreLogic, a property-information and analytics firm, released an... Read more »
Published on 11/14/2022

Feds push back in Florida drug importation case

TALLAHASSEE — The Biden administration this week asked a judge to reject allegations that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has “dragged its feet” on a Florida proposal to import... Read more »
Published on 11/11/2022

Jobless Claims Slowing After Ian Bump

Unemployment claims in Florida continued to slow last week, but applications still rolled in at a higher pace than before Hurricane Ian hit the state Sept. 28. The U.S. Department... Read more »
Published on 11/10/2022

Flood maps fall short, researchers say

TALLAHASSEE — After crashing ashore in September in Southwest Florida, Hurricane Ian caused flooding across the state. Now, Florida faces more flooding as Tropical Storm Nicole is poised to hit... Read more »
Published on 11/8/2022

Nicole Strengthening as Florida Landfall Looms

Subtropical Storm Nicole showed signs of strengthening Tuesday morning as forecasters anticipate the system will turn west and make landfall in Florida this week as a possible hurricane. As of... Read more »
Published on 11/8/2022

Tampa grower launches another challenge over the state's medical marijuana licenses

Heeding a legal blueprint laid out by an appellate judge, a Tampa-based orchid grower has filed a lawsuit accusing the Florida Department of Health of violating the state Constitution by... Read more »
Published on 11/7/2022

Hospital employees face turning over personal text messages in malpractice case

An appeals court Wednesday rejected an attempt by employees of Ascension St. Vincent’s hospital to shield text messages from being disclosed in a medical malpractice case against a former physician... Read more »
Published on 11/7/2022

Judge Rejects Challenge to Laws on Guns, Pot

TALLAHASSEE--- A U.S. district judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and other plaintiffs challenging federal prohibitions on medical-marijuana patients buying and possessing guns.... Read more »
Published on 11/7/2022

State faces challenges on Medicaid minimum wage

TALLAHASSEE — Three health-care groups this week challenged how the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration is carrying out a requirement that “direct care” workers get paid a minimum of... Read more »
Published on 11/6/2022

Health department challenged on pot licenses

TALLAHASSEE --- Heeding a legal blueprint laid out by an appellate judge, a Tampa-based orchid grower has filed a lawsuit accusing the Florida Department of Health of violating the state... Read more »
Published on 11/4/2022

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