April 17, 2024

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Florida's agriculture commissioner restricts cattle imports due to the spread of avian flu

Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson issued an emergency rule Friday that prevents importing some cattle because of the evolving spread of a type of avian influenza in dairy herds outside of... Read more »
Published on 4/16/2024

Pandemic Put Hurt on Sports Programs

TALLAHASSEE --- Fewer fans during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a drop in economic returns on state programs that provide sports-related grants and incentives, according to a newly released state... Read more »
Published on 4/15/2024

State eyes increasing number of private schools eligible for LINE nursing funds

The state Department of Education will develop a rule to carry out part of a legislative package known as “Live Healthy” that includes trying to expand the health care workforce.... Read more »
Published on 4/15/2024

FSU and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare sign agreement on new facilities

Florida State University and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare have signed an agreement that is part of developing an academic health center in Tallahassee and a medical campus in Panama City Beach.... Read more »
Published on 4/15/2024

Judge finalizes decision about projects that affect Florida wetlands

TALLAHASSEE — In a case closely watched by business and environmental groups, a U.S. district judge Friday finalized his rejection of a 2020 move by the federal government to shift... Read more »
Published on 4/14/2024

Florida's citrus industry slated for another rough year

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida’s citrus industry got some bitter news Thursday as it enters the final months of the 2023-2024 growing season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report that... Read more »
Published on 4/12/2024

Citizens Insurance's ‘depopulation' push reduced policy count by more than 275,000 last year

TALLAHASSEE — Private insurers pulled more than 275,000 policies last year from the state’s Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and have taken nearly 115,000 this year, with Citizens President and CEO... Read more »
Published on 4/11/2024

Florida jobless claim numbers up

The number of first-time unemployment claims increased last week in Florida, with an estimated 6,250 filed, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor. The estimate... Read more »
Published on 4/11/2024

Questions Raised in Florida Immigration Fight

TALLAHASSEE — A federal appeals court is looking at whether Florida could legally challenge Biden administration immigration policies, after a district judge sided with the state in a fight spearheaded... Read more »
Published on 4/10/2024

Florida, Other States Challenge Debt Breaks

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and Republican attorneys general from four other states filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block a Biden administration program that would provide breaks on... Read more »
Published on 4/10/2024

Florida pronoun law violates teacher's First Amendment rights, judge says

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Florida education officials from enforcing a law requiring a transgender teacher to use pronouns that align with her sex assigned at birth,... Read more »
Published on 4/10/2024

DeSantis OKs Tougher Theft Laws

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a bill that seeks to prevent “smash and grab” thefts and “porch piracy.” The legislation (HB 549) will, in part, make it a third-degree... Read more »
Published on 4/10/2024

In wake of Baltimore bridge collapse, Florida ports council head talks about safety

TALLAHASSEE --- Two weeks after a container ship collided with a bridge and shut down the Port of Baltimore, effects continue to ripple through the maritime industry. Meanwhile, cargo and... Read more »
Published on 4/9/2024

Abortion proposal on Florida's November ballot might not end legal fights about the issue

If Florida voters approve a November ballot measure that would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution, it likely would not end legal battles about the issue. At least that’s... Read more »
Published on 4/9/2024

FPL Rates Go Back to Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE — A battle about a 2021 settlement that increased base electric rates for Florida Power & Light has gone back to the state Supreme Court. Lawyers for a coalition... Read more »
Published on 4/5/2024

Donations spike after Florida Supreme Court allows recreational marijuana on the 2024 ballot

TALLAHASSEE --- The state Supreme Court’s ruling this week that will give voters a chance to decide whether to allow recreational marijuana sparked a flurry of contributions to the Smart... Read more »
Published on 4/4/2024

COVID pandemic slashed return on Florida tourism marketing efforts, report says

TALLAHASSEE --- Visit Florida saw its return on investment fall to 58 cents for every $1 spent on marketing as COVID-19 slammed the doors on the state’s tourism industry, according... Read more »
Published on 4/3/2024

Florida Supreme Court arguments are set in the UF shutdown case

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments on June 5 in a dispute about whether the University of Florida should return fees to students because of a campus shutdown early... Read more »
Published on 4/3/2024

Six issues teed up for Florida's November ballot

TALLAHASSEE — With the state Supreme Court this week signing off on ballot initiatives about abortion rights and recreational use of marijuana, Floridians in November will vote on six proposed... Read more »
Published on 4/3/2024

State general revenue tops forecast

State general-revenue tax collections were more than 6 percent higher than anticipated in February, though economists cautioned that part of that result could be deceptive. The Legislature’s Office of Economic... Read more »
Published on 4/2/2024

Florida Gas Prices Continue to Rise

Florida motorists continue to see higher prices at the pump, with the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded up 8 cents over the past week and 21 cents... Read more »
Published on 4/1/2024

Fight over whether DeSantis should veto vacation rental bill escalates

TALLAHASSEE — A persistently contentious debate about regulating vacation rentals has escalated into a clash between two powerful industry groups after the Florida Legislature passed a measure that would significantly... Read more »
Published on 3/29/2024

Florida jobless claims remain low

The number of first-time unemployment claims in Florida remained relatively low last week, after three months of the state having a 3.1 percent jobless rate. The U.S. Department of Labor... Read more »
Published on 3/28/2024

DeSantis Signs Bill on Teen Work Rules

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed a measure that will ease decades-old regulations on the hours that 16- and 17-year-old Floridians can work. The bill (HB 49), one... Read more »
Published on 3/27/2024

Patronis questions costs of land deals

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis suggested the state should have looked again at the prices of three land-conservation deals that totaled $193 million before they were approved... Read more »
Published on 3/27/2024

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