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TALLAHASSEE — With private insurers dropping customers and raising rates, the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. saw its number of policies increase about 50 percent in 2022.

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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) introduced the American Teacher Act to incentivize states to increase the minimum K-12 teacher salary to $60,000 and adjust inflation. Wilson, the chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee, said the financial incentive supp…

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TALLAHASSEE — State regulators Tuesday, Dec. 6 approved utility costs that will translate to higher electric bills in January for homeowners and businesses — and the pain won’t end there.

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Two top aides to Gov. Ron DeSantis were added as defendants Tuesday in a potential class-action lawsuit stemming from the DeSantis administration flying 49 migrants from Texas to Massachusetts in September.

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With more than 45,000 claims filed, estimated insured losses from Hurricane Nicole have topped $386 million, according to data posted on the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation website.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.  — A Walmart employee who says she narrowly missed being shot as a manager opened fire inside a  Chesapeake  store last week filed a $50 million lawsuit against the company Tuesday, alleging the company ignored her complaints about his troubling behavior in the months pri…

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The nation’s COVID-battered hotel industry is on the rebound, with leisure travel revenue in the top 50 U.S. markets expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels of 2019, a national industry trade group declared Monday.

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Duke Energy Florida on Monday filed a proposal to pass along $56 million in savings to customers after passage of a federal law that provides tax breaks for renewable energy. Duke customers are expected to face increased electric bills in 2023. But the proposal, which was filed at the Florid…

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HAVANA — Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba on Tuesday as a major hurricane, with nothing to stop it from intensifying into a catastrophic Category 4 storm before it hits Florida on Wednesday.

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A trial that could determine whether former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is convicted of federal wire fraud and conspiracy charges has been delayed until April 2023, according to an order issued by a federal judge on Aug. 4.

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NEW YORK  –  The Southern Prisons Coalition, a group of civil and human rights organizations, submitted a  new report  to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination on the devastating consequences of incarceration on Black people throughout the sout…

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TALLAHASSEE – Trulieve, the state’s largest medical-marijuana operator, and country-music legends The Bellamy Brothers are backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow recreational use of marijuana by people 21 or older.

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TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court on July 1 turned down an attempt by Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office to block DNA testing of evidence in a 1975 murder that sent a man to Death Row.

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TALLAHASSEE – As the number of patients approved to use medical marijuana in Florida continues to climb, some providers are growing increasingly frustrated by what they allege are bad actors in the state’s highly competitive cannabis industry.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Amid backlash from political rivals, medical professionals and senior federal government officials alike, Gov. Rick DeSantis on Monday morning reaffirmed his decision not to preorder newly authorized COVID-19 vaccines or offer them at state health departments.

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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration moved forward Friday, June 17 with a proposal that would deny Medicaid coverage for treatments such as puberty-blocking medication and hormone therapy for transgender people.

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TALLAHASSEE – Congressman Al Lawson, a Tallahassee Democrat whose district was overhauled as part of the once-a-decade reapportionment process, helped launch this year’s candidate qualifying period Monday by filing paperwork to challenge Republican incumbent Neal Dunn in another North Florid…

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Florida Power & Light plans to eliminate carbon emissions from its electricity generation by 2045 through expanding solar energy and other technology, company officials announced Tuesday.

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ORLANDO — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his Republican allies are seeking more influence in university classrooms, targeting tenure, waging a battle against “politicized” courses and contemplating a significant change in how professors are hired across the state.

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U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist on Friday, June 3 sent a letter to the U.S. attorney general asking for the resources of the Department of Justice to help ensure Floridians’ voting rights are protected in the upcoming elections.

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An appeals court on June 3 sided with homeowners in a dispute about additional damage they found after accepting a check from a property -insurance company for a claim stemming from Hurricane Matthew.

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Family and friends of Mrs. Julia Mae Troutman Cherry will pay tribute to her on Tuesday (May 3) and Wednesday (May 4). The Daytona Times and Florida Courier matriarch died on Sunday, April 24, at her Daytona Beach home. She was 94.

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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday he has expanded the Legislature’s special session on redistricting this week to cut to the core of his latest political enemy and announced he wants lawmakers to repeal the law that allows the Walt Disney World Resort to operate as a self-gov…

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ORLANDO — An engineering firm hired by the state found that the operator of the Orlando Free Fall drop tower manually changed sensors on specific seats on the ride, “resulting in it being unsafe,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said Monday, April 18 in Orlando.

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A report released Tuesday, April 19 said revenue from business travel in Florida in 2022 is projected to be 11.1% below the amount in 2019, the last full year before the pandemic.

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Rejecting criticism that it would harm the LGBTQ community, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed into law the controversial measure derided as the “don’t say gay” bill.

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MIAMI — In a consequential ruling Monday, a Miami federal judge said four major cruise lines with South Florida ties — Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises — engaged in “prohibited tourism” and “trafficking activities” by carrying passengers to Cuba and profiting from the use…

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Raven-Symoné and the cast of “Raven’s Home” are among the Disney employees who participated Tuesday in a walkout protesting Florida legislation that would restrict classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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DAYTONA BEACH SHORES –  Daytona Beach Shores Mayor Nancy Miller graduated this week from the Florida League of Cities’ Leadership Academy I, a course from FLC’s Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO), a premier educational program designed specifically for Florida’s elected municip…

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Florida motorists paid an average of $4.35 for a gallon of regular unleaded gas on March 13, as fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine helped drive up fuel costs, according to the AAA auto club.

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MIAMI — More than a thousand migrants from Haiti and Cuba have risked their lives sailing to Florida to flee from the political and economic turmoil in their home countries over the past year, according to federal authorities.

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a plan that would change staffing standards in nursing homes, amid debate about how it would affect residents.

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A Republican state senator offered an amendment to the so-called “don’t say gay” bill on Feb. 28 in an attempt to reduce partisan tensions over one of the most controversial measures of the legislative session.

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ST. PETERSBURG — The “stand your ground” self-defense law had been in effect in Florida for more than six years when it became part of the national vocabulary with the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. When the 17-year-old was fatally shot, Florida was still one of the few states with the law…

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