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FL lags behind many Northern states when it comes to fully vaccinating residents

When the CDC announced this week that Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear masks in most situations, indoors and outdoors, there was a catch: Most residents still aren't fully vaccinated. And...

Casino opponents pledge lawsuit if FL Legislature expands gambling, but how strong is the case?

How likely are the anti-casino gambling forces in Florida to take the state to court if the Legislature approves Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe? You can bet on it. “We’re interviewing...

Gaming compact: Lawmakers brace for high-stakes session with $2.5 billion on the line

Some 70 state lawmakers, reporters and other interested parties were schooled this week on “a spiderweb” of gambling laws in Florida, ahead of a special session of the Florida Legislature that aims to legalize...

CDC: You can ditch the mask in most places, indoors and out, if fully vaccinated

WASHINGTON — Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask in most situations, indoors and outdoors, federal health officials said in an updated set of recommendations Thursday that marks a major turning point...

FSU president candidates include several FL names, but so far only one woman in the running

With FSU president John Thrasher stepping down soon, Florida State University is looking at nine candidates for its next president, a mixture of Floridians and out-of-state candidates but only one woman in the running. It...

FL’s first chief science officer talks about the job — and the controversy

Last week, I had coffee with a scientist named Tom Frazer. I was trying to nudge him to say some things about his former boss, but he was choosing his words verrrrry carefully. We sat...

Florida advocate picked to oversee U.S. parks and wildlife pledges commitment to conservation

Florida’s Shannon Estenoz, tapped by President Joe Biden to oversee management of U.S. wildlife and parks, on Wednesday repeated the administration’s promises to increase access to outdoor recreation, use conservation for job creation, and...

CDC advisory panel signs off on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 to 15

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel is recommending that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine be administered to adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, making it the first shot available to those under 16. The green light granted...

Tweens in middle school and high school could soon get COVID vaccines. Will their parents let them?

Ahmed Forehand is hesitant about allowing his 13-year-old son to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. His son attends middle school in Leon County, where the school district has been hosting mobile vaccination clinics for students,...

Liz Cheney ousted from U.S. House GOP leadership for rejecting Trump’s ‘big lie’

WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position after her pushback against former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud in the presidential election. Saying they...

Senators deadlock on major U.S. elections bill in committee vote

WASHINGTON — The Senate Rules Committee has deadlocked on a massive voting reforms bill on a 9-9 tie, meaning Majority Leader Chuck Schumer would have to use a Senate procedure to bring the legislation...

Sexual-assault: A new wave of victim advocates goes after an under-reported, under-investigated crime

Petite and soft-spoken but determined to be heard, Gail Frances Gardner stood before one legislative committee after another this spring, cameras on for all to see, and told lawmakers about the worst night of...

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