September 22, 2023

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Idalia Ag Losses Estimated Up to $370M

TALLAHASSEE --- A preliminary report released Thursday by the University of Florida estimated up to $370.9 million in agricultural losses from Hurricane Idalia, which barreled through rural areas of North... Read more »
Published on 9/22/2023

Minimum Wage Set to Go to $12

Florida’s minimum wage will increase to $12 an hour on Sept. 30, as the state continues carrying out a constitutional amendment that eventually will lead to a $15 minimum wage.... Read more »
Published on 9/22/2023

Health Care on the Agenda for Legislature

TALLAHASSEE --- As Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to roll out priorities for the 2024 legislative session, he signaled support for joining legislative leaders in addressing health-care issues. Senate President Kathleen... Read more »
Published on 9/21/2023

Florida jobless claims tick up

First-time unemployment claims in Florida increased for a second consecutive week, but the pace remained close to the average this year. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 5,702... Read more »
Published on 9/21/2023

Feds Push Back in Higher-Ed Fight

TALLAHASSEE — The Biden administration is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by Florida that challenges the constitutionality of accreditation requirements for colleges and universities. Attorneys... Read more »
Published on 9/20/2023

State to Step Up Testing for Deer Disease

TALLAHASSEE --- Some deer killed during two popular hunting days in December must be tested for a contagious disease fatal to the animals as the state expands efforts to limit... Read more »
Published on 9/20/2023

Florida sports gambling fight heads to U.S. Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE — Arguing that the outcome of the case could represent a “blueprint for expanding gaming outside of Indian lands,” a Florida pari-mutuel owner plans to ask the U.S. Supreme... Read more »
Published on 9/19/2023

DeSantis, Cabinet Back Conservation Deals

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state Cabinet on Monday quickly approved $141 million in deals that will help preserve land from the Panhandle to Southwest Florida. During a... Read more »
Published on 9/18/2023

Florida Health Coverage Rate Better, But Still Lags

TALLAHASSEE — With top Florida lawmakers signaling that health-care issues could be a priority during next year’s legislative session, a report released Thursday showed that Florida saw improvement in 2022... Read more »
Published on 9/15/2023

Florida Jobless Claims Remain Steady

First-time unemployment claims in Florida went up after the Labor Day weekend, but the number was similar to the weekly average since the start of the year. The U.S. Department... Read more »
Published on 9/14/2023

Electric vehicles could be getting more expensive in Florida

Florida electric vehicle owners would pay a registration fee aimed at helping make up for lost gas-tax dollars, under a bill proposed Tuesday by Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development... Read more »
Published on 9/13/2023

Settlement talks afoot in Florida lawsuit over gender discussions in schools

TALLAHASSEE — A federal appeals court has put on hold a battle about a 2022 Florida law that restricts instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation in schools, after attorneys... Read more »
Published on 9/12/2023

Quick Resolution Sought in Redistricting Fight

TALLAHASSEE — Seeking a final ruling before the legislative session starts in January, both sides in a battle over a congressional redistricting plan asked an appeals court Friday to fast-track... Read more »
Published on 9/11/2023

Florida budget in ‘good shape,' but surpluses will dip

TALLAHASSEE --- State budget leaders expressed some caution Friday that general-revenue surpluses are projected to decline over the next three years, and that’s without factoring in the impact of Hurricane... Read more »
Published on 9/10/2023

Real estate group concerned about Florida land law

A national group of real estate executives this week expressed concern about a new law that restricts people from China from owning property in Florida, urging steps to make sure... Read more »
Published on 9/8/2023

Florida's weekly jobless claims are the lowest of year

First-time unemployment claims in Florida last week hit a low for the year as Hurricane Idalia swept through parts of the state ahead of the Labor Day holiday. The U.S.... Read more »
Published on 9/8/2023

Florida, other states say flood insurance fight against feds should continue

TALLAHASSEE — Florida and other states are trying to fend off an attempt by the Biden administration to end a lawsuit challenging changes to the National Flood Insurance Program that... Read more »
Published on 9/6/2023

July Tax Collections Top Expectations

Florida collected about $3.311 billion in general-revenue taxes in July, $225.9 million more than had been forecast in March, according to a report posted online Tuesday by the Legislature’s Office... Read more »
Published on 9/6/2023

Private property insurers get OK to take up to 130K Citizens policies

TALLAHASSEE — As efforts continued to sort out damage from Hurricane Idalia, regulators on Friday approved proposals by four private insurers to pull as many as 130,000 policies from the... Read more »
Published on 9/5/2023

Judge Won't Block Trans Treatment Law

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge on Friday refused to block a new Florida law making it more difficult for transgender adults to access hormone therapy and surgeries. But U.S. District... Read more »
Published on 9/4/2023

Another twist in Florida's quest for Canada drug imports: FDA's port demand

TALLAHASSEE — With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expected to decide this fall whether Florida can import prescription drugs from Canada, the state this week lashed out after federal... Read more »
Published on 9/4/2023

Jobless Claims Continue Falling

Initial unemployment claims continued dropping last week in Florida. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday said an estimated 5,149 first-time jobless claims were filed in Florida during the week... Read more »
Published on 8/31/2023

Idalia Makes Landfall as Cat 3

TALLAHASSEE — Hurricane Idalia made landfall about 7:45 a.m. near Taylor County's Keaton Beach as an "extremely dangerous" Category 3 storm, the National Hurricane Center said. “This thing’s powerful,” Gov.... Read more »
Published on 8/30/2023

Citizens Policy Count Dips Slightly

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. saw a slight decrease in its number of policies last week, at least temporarily stemming massive growth at the state’s insurer of last resort. Citizens had... Read more »
Published on 8/29/2023

Appeals court rejects lawsuits over UCF COVID shutdown

Adding to a series of similar rulings across the state, an appeals court Friday rejected two lawsuits alleging the University of Central Florida should be required to refund money to... Read more »
Published on 8/28/2023

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A Florida reptile park has taken in an alligator that lost its nose and upper jaw to a fight or boat propeller. Gatorland Orlando said over the weekend that the injured alligator came from a lake in nearby Sanford, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Orlando. “She had basically no chance of surviving in the wild with such a severe injury,” the park said in a social media post.

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