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Governor Scott, Cabinet Plan To Meet In Felons’ Rights Battle

Governor Scott, Cabinet Plan To Meet In Felons’ Rights Battle

By on April 25, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Florida – Awaiting a decision from an appellate court, Gov. Rick Scott has scheduled a Wednesday night meeting of the state’s Board of Executive Clemency to address a federal judge’s order that the state revamp its process of restoring felons’ voting rights by Thursday. Scott late Tuesday directed the board — comprised of the governor […]

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State Names 9 Medicaid Health Plans But Challenges Loom

State Names 9 Medicaid Health Plans But Challenges Loom

By on April 25, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Florida – Florida officials on Tuesday announced the names of the nine health plans the state wants to ink contracts with to provide health care to nearly four million poor, elderly and disabled residents. The decision is not final, though, and Molina Healthcare of Florida and Positive Healthcare — both of which currently have contracts, but would […]

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Panel Begins Review Of State’s Deadliest School Shooting

Panel Begins Review Of State’s Deadliest School Shooting

Florida – Using a simple animation with colored dots representing students and staff, a homicide detective led a state commission on Tuesday through a stark reenactment of Nikolas Cruz’s alleged assault on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Based on witness accounts and video, Broward County Sheriff’s Office detective Zack Scott used the animation to recreate Cruz entering […]

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Florida’s ‘Warm, Welcoming Message” To Canada Pays Off

Florida’s ‘Warm, Welcoming Message” To Canada Pays Off

By on April 24, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Florida – Florida’s tourism arm is touting marketing efforts that attracted an increase in travelers from America’s northern neighbor, less than a year after admitting the state had taken its Canadian visitors for granted. Visit Florida announced Monday that its expanded attention on Canada played a role in the nearly 4 percent growth in tourism […]

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16-Member Commission Set To Begin Parkland Shooting Probe

16-Member Commission Set To Begin Parkland Shooting Probe

Florida – A 16-member commission on Tuesday will begin reviewing the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Broward County high school, looking into the circumstances of the crime, the background of the alleged shooter and recommendations to prevent future tragedies. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which was created as part of a sweeping […]

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Florida’s Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Makers

Florida’s Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Makers

Tallahassee, FL – Declaring that she “wasn’t scared to take them on,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a civil suit Tuesday accusing five of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers and four distributors of causing the opioid crisis that is killing an average 15 Floridians daily. “We are very proud because we have just filed […]

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Forecast A Glimmer Of Good News For Florida Citrus Growers

Forecast A Glimmer Of Good News For Florida Citrus Growers

By on April 10, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Florida – For the second time in a week, Florida citrus growers got what could be considered good news for the struggling industry. A forecast Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed this season’s projected orange crop holding steady for the third consecutive month. The estimate followed an announcement Friday by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny […]

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Florida Receives $1 Million From Feds For Parkland Shooting

Florida Receives $1 Million From Feds For Parkland Shooting

Florida – The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday awarded Florida $1 million to help defray the cost of law enforcement officers and other emergency workers who have been involved in the response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement sought the funds, at […]

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FPL Customers To Get Refund After Matthew Charges

FPL Customers To Get Refund After Matthew Charges

By on May 16, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Power & Light has reached an agreement to refund $27.7 million to customers, in part because of an “over-recovery” of costs following Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The agreement, announced Tuesday between the Juno Beach-based utility and the state Office of Public Counsel, still needs approval from the Florida Public Service Commission, […]

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Court Backs Police Stop Over License Plate Frame

Court Backs Police Stop Over License Plate Frame

By on May 10, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Florida – A state appeals court Wednesday said a police officer was allowed to stop a Miami-Dade County motorist because the word “Florida” on the car’s license plate was obscured by a metal frame. While expressing concern about its ruling, a panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal overturned a lower-court decision that suppressed evidence obtained […]

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