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Florida COVID-19 infections hit a new record at more than 11,000 on a single day

Update: Florida now has surpassed 200,000 COVID-19 infections. On Saturday, testing revealed 10,059 positive results for the new coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 200,111. Deaths reported Saturday numbered 29, bringing the total to...

Bookman: We could be witnessing the deciding battle of the culture wars

We are living through history, through a tumultuous time in which change accelerates, the once-solid becomes fluid and no one has any real idea of where this thing is headed. Living in chaos, trying...

Collateral damage from the COVID-19 crisis is surfacing in the lives of people around us

We may never be able to assess the collateral damage from the COVID-19 virus, but some of it is surfacing in the lives of people around us.Take Joseph Fenton, a retired journalist who has...

As COVID cases surge, FL Senate Dems call for state mask mandate, GOP rep sues to strike local mask ordinances

Florida Senate Democrats called on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis this week to require the use of face coverings in public statewide to curb the state’s surging pace of coronavirus infections.On Thursday, the Florida Department...

Federal appeals court intervenes in Amendment 4 fight, casting doubt on felon re-enfranchisement

A federal appeals court threw a bomb into preparations for Florida’s August primary and November general election this week when it blocked a lower court order that would have allowed thousands of former felons...

Killing the Kirkpatrick Dam? The tale of Florida’s longest-running environmental wrangle

This happened 20 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.I was on a boat, floating along a muddy shoreline. A handful of ibises, egrets and wood storks foraged near a stand...

House Dems pass massive infrastructure bill; GOP calls it ‘nonsense’

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House cleared a massive $1.5 trillion package Wednesday that backers said would not only shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure but also create jobs at a time of widespread unemployment,...

Amid unrest and turmoil across the country, FL’s private historically black colleges get a major boost in state dollars

At a time of protests, concerns about racism and an evolving Black Lives Matter movement across the nation, three private historically Black colleges in Florida are getting millions more to propel achievement and help...

Controversial toll road project funding is still intact amid $1 billion in state budget cuts

While shaving $1 billion worth of projects from the Florida Legislature’s 2020-21 state budget, Gov. Ron DeSantis could not touch funding for future construction of three controversial toll roads through rural Florida.That's because the...

A push to make Black history classes a college graduation requirement in FL is mostly talk but no action

Amid ongoing racial tensions over the killing of George Floyd and other racial injustices, questions have been raised about whether colleges and universities should mandate courses on African American history or racism that would...

DeSantis quietly signs abortion parental consent bill; opponents expect to challenge the law in court

Gov. Ron DeSantis quietly signed legislation Tuesday that requires parental consent for a pregnant minor to get an abortion.Critics say it's unconstitutional, and the ACLU of Florida called the law a "sham."Under the new...
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DeSantis signs water-quality bill touted as historic, yet also condemned as polluter-friendly

Over strenuous objections from leading water-quality advocates, Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law the “Clean Waterways Act,” adopted in March by the Florida Legislature.During a press conference and bill-signing Tuesday in Juno Beach,...

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