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DeSantis calling for special legislative session to fight vaccine mandates


Created: Thu, 21 Oct 2021 21:33:51 GMT

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"Your right to earn a living should not be contingent upon COVID shots," the governor said Thursday at a news conference in Clearwater.

Read more: DeSantis calling for special legislative session to fight vaccine mandates


Police: Florida man shoots neighbor to death after argument over cat


Created: Thu, 21 Oct 2021 16:38:56 GMT

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Police said he became angry when his neighbor's cat entered his property. He threatened to shoot the cat. The neighbor asked him not to so he shot the neighbor.

Read more: Police: Florida man shoots neighbor to death after argument over cat


Bradenton family-owned farm uses corn maze to honor Gabby Petito


Created: Thu, 21 Oct 2021 13:21:28 GMT

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"R.I.P. Gabby" is spelled out in a corn maze at Hunsader Farms in Bradenton.

Read more: Bradenton family-owned farm uses corn maze to honor Gabby Petito


Confessed Parkland school shooter pleads guilty for murders


Created: Wed, 20 Oct 2021 14:59:44 GMT

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The plea will not come with any conditions, meaning prosecutors can still seek the death penalty.

Read more: Confessed Parkland school shooter pleads guilty for murders


Florida men arrested after allegedly entering wrong apartment, shooting resident


Created: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 21:27:44 GMT

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Both suspects were physical education teachers for the School District of Indian River County.

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Florida ports could hold key to solving nation's shipping logjams, Gov. DeSantis says


Created: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 18:30:20 GMT

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In Florida, he said, leaders have long been committed to reliable, modern and accessible port facilities.

Read more: Florida ports could hold key to solving nation's shipping logjams, Gov. DeSantis says


2020 was a bad year for the Florida manatee, and 2021 is shaping up to be even worse


Created: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 16:44:08 GMT

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There were 637 manatee deaths in 2020, FWC says. Through Oct. 8 of this year, there have been 968 deaths.

Read more: 2020 was a bad year for the Florida manatee, and 2021 is shaping up to be even worse


Parkland school shooting families reach $25m settlement with district


Created: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 16:37:34 GMT

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More than 50 families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will split the money from the Broward County school district.

Read more: Parkland school shooting families reach $25m settlement with district


Nikki Fried says state is suspending licenses of Floridians linked to Jan. 6 Capitol riot


Created: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 15:43:23 GMT

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More suspensions are possible, her team said.

Read more: Nikki Fried says state is suspending licenses of Floridians linked to Jan. 6 Capitol riot


Tarpon Springs PD: 17-year-old killed after pointing airsoft rifle at cars and officers


Created: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 03:25:53 GMT

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Chief Jeff Young says, at the time of the shooting, the teen's weapon was believed to be a military-style rifle. It wasn't.

Read more: Tarpon Springs PD: 17-year-old killed after pointing airsoft rifle at cars and officers


'It’s just unfortunate:' Florida epidemiologist explains how state got through the worst of delta


Created: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 22:47:26 GMT

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The delta variant hit Florida fast and early. Now that we're on the other side, our metrics look better than most other parts of the country.

Read more: 'It’s just unfortunate:' Florida epidemiologist explains how state got through the worst of delta


Who is Florida gubernatorial candidate Annette Taddeo?


Created: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 22:43:03 GMT

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If elected, Taddeo would be Florida's first Latina governor.

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'I have only begun to fight': Florida first lady Casey DeSantis makes first public appearance since cancer diagnosis


Created: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 15:37:29 GMT

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She made a surprise appearance at a Hernando County Republican Party dinner.

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Miya Marcano's family attorney calls for deputy's resignation for not detaining person of interest


Created: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 12:26:13 GMT

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Armando Caballero was named a person of interest in Marcano's disappearance but was later found dead by suicide in his own apartment.

Read more: Miya Marcano's family attorney calls for deputy's resignation for not detaining person of interest


Stone crab season is here: What you need to know


Created: Sun, 17 Oct 2021 04:03:18 GMT

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Florida stone crab harvest season begins Oct. 15 and ends May 1.

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Vendor sells merchandise with Nazi symbols at Daytona Beach motorcycle rally


Created: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 16:05:59 GMT

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The owner of the property where the vendor was set up ordered her to remove the Nazi merchandise and she complied, according to AP.

Read more: Vendor sells merchandise with Nazi symbols at Daytona Beach motorcycle rally


2-month-old baby boy found safe, Missing Child Alert canceled


Created: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 11:58:34 GMT

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Authorities said Matthew Smith, could be in the company of Monica Myers and Ben Smith Jr.

Read more: 2-month-old baby boy found safe, Missing Child Alert canceled


Gov. DeSantis orders halt to debt collections related to unemployment benefit 'overpayment' issues


Created: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 03:28:25 GMT

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It doesn't apply to fraudulent claims.

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Department of Health investigating Florida businesses for COVID-19 vaccine requirements


Created: Wed, 13 Oct 2021 22:22:46 GMT

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The Florida Department of Health released the list this week and eight Jacksonville area businesses are included.

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Autopsy reveals Gabby Petito's death caused by strangulation


Created: Wed, 13 Oct 2021 02:51:23 GMT

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The 22-year-old woman's body was found in September in a remote area of Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Read more: Autopsy reveals Gabby Petito's death caused by strangulation


Florida county fined $3.5 million for requiring employees to get vaccinated


Created: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 21:13:24 GMT

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A controversial Florida law prohibits businesses and governments from requiring people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Read more: Florida county fined $3.5 million for requiring employees to get vaccinated


'She’s got an awful lot to live for': Gov. DeSantis puts faith in God as wife battles cancer


Created: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 17:04:17 GMT

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'We’ve got a lot of kids we’ve got to raise,' the governor said.

Read more: 'She’s got an awful lot to live for': Gov. DeSantis puts faith in God as wife battles cancer


Florida county fined $3.57 million for firing workers who did not receive COVID-19 vaccine


Created: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 16:44:57 GMT

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Of the 714 employees the county required to provide vaccination verification, 14 were fired, according to a letter from FDOH to the Leon County Administrator.

Read more: Florida county fined $3.57 million for firing workers who did not receive COVID-19 vaccine


Miami-Dade teacher accused of having sex with 15-year-old; police say she's pregnant


Created: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 16:00:09 GMT

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Officers did not indicate who the father was or how long she'd been pregnant.

Read more: Miami-Dade teacher accused of having sex with 15-year-old; police say she's pregnant


Florida Wildlife Commission certifies new record peacock bass by Hialeah man


Created: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 03:19:37 GMT

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The butteryfly peacock bass weighed 9.11 pounds and was more than 23 inches long.

Read more: Florida Wildlife Commission certifies new record peacock bass by Hialeah man


Disney Genie service to launch at all theme parks Oct. 19


Created: Sat, 09 Oct 2021 16:56:50 GMT

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Genie will serve as a free planner that can give guests personalized itineraries to quickly map out their days at the theme parks.

Read more: Disney Genie service to launch at all theme parks Oct. 19


Epidemiologists, health department raise questions about Nikki Fried's school COVID data


Created: Fri, 08 Oct 2021 21:30:21 GMT

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A reoccurring concern surrounds the data's limits.

Read more: Epidemiologists, health department raise questions about Nikki Fried's school COVID data


'Too close for comfort:' Florida man has close encounter with sharks after getting caught in school of mullet


Created: Fri, 08 Oct 2021 16:39:59 GMT

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A school of mullet were being chased by tarpon along the shore. That's when Laura Evan noticed sharks surrounding her fiancé.

Read more: 'Too close for comfort:' Florida man has close encounter with sharks after getting caught in school of mullet


Clara McLaughlin, 1939-2021: Owner of Florida Star spent a lifetime in journalism as trailblazer for Black community


Created: Thu, 07 Oct 2021 21:30:28 GMT

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"All the doors that she kicked down, she was definitely right there making sure other folks had the opportunity as well,” her daughter said.

Read more: Clara McLaughlin, 1939-2021: Owner of Florida Star spent a lifetime in journalism as trailblazer for Black community


Feds: Do you want your $2.3 billion, Florida? State misses school funding deadline


Created: Thu, 07 Oct 2021 09:17:53 GMT

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Florida is the only state that has not submitted a plan to receive the federal funds for education.

Read more: Feds: Do you want your $2.3 billion, Florida? State misses school funding deadline


Miya Marcano's family releases video of encounter with person of interest in her disappearance


Created: Thu, 07 Oct 2021 01:29:29 GMT

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The family's lawyer also released a statement criticizing the sheriff's office's handling of the case.

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Florida first lady Casey DeSantis diagnosed with breast cancer


Created: Wed, 06 Oct 2021 23:11:58 GMT

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"Casey is a true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up," Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement.

Read more: Florida first lady Casey DeSantis diagnosed with breast cancer


Police searching for Ohio teen believed to be en route to Florida


Created: Tue, 05 Oct 2021 02:22:38 GMT

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Madison Adelsberger left a note saying she needed "to get away for a while."

Read more: Police searching for Ohio teen believed to be en route to Florida


Sheriff: Body of missing Florida student likely found where phone records pinpointed accused killer


Created: Mon, 04 Oct 2021 11:13:52 GMT

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Orange County Sheriff John Mina says they are "very certain" the body is that of 19-year-old Miya Marcano.

Read more: Sheriff: Body of missing Florida student likely found where phone records pinpointed accused killer


Stoneman Douglas accused shooter faces trial for fight with jail guard


Created: Sun, 03 Oct 2021 14:27:06 GMT

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Cruz's lead attorney, Melisa McNeill, complained six weeks before the fight about the guard's treatment towards Cruz, according to court documents, AP explains.

Read more: Stoneman Douglas accused shooter faces trial for fight with jail guard


Florida kids to receive over $1B in school lunch relief


Created: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 22:22:49 GMT

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The program will give a one-time grant of $375 per child to each family that qualifies.

Read more: Florida kids to receive over $1B in school lunch relief


Police: Woman responsible for killing 10-year-old in hit-and-run crash turns herself in


Created: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 21:50:25 GMT

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According to a news release posted on the department's Facebook page, Colon surrendered herself to the St. Lucie County Jail at approximately 3 p.m. on Friday.

Read more: Police: Woman responsible for killing 10-year-old in hit-and-run crash turns herself in


Florida man claims $1M top prize from scratch-off game


Created: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 17:53:07 GMT

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He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $880,000.

Read more: Florida man claims $1M top prize from scratch-off game


Minimum wage hike, vaping changes: These are the new Florida laws going into effect


Created: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 11:32:59 GMT

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Floridians can expect to see a minimum wage hike by Friday.

Read more: Minimum wage hike, vaping changes: These are the new Florida laws going into effect


Disney celebrates 50th anniversary with 'The World's Most Magical Celebration'


Created: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 11:31:58 GMT

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There's new food, decorations and shows to enjoy.

Read more: Disney celebrates 50th anniversary with 'The World's Most Magical Celebration'

 
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