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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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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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Florida Appeals Court Upholds Insurance Records Exemption

Florida Appeals Court Upholds Insurance Records Exemption

Florida – An appeals court Friday upheld the constitutionality of a law creating a public-records exemption for certain insurance information, overturning a ruling by a circuit judge who said the law was overbroad and didn’t adequately detail a need for the exemption. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal, in an eight-page decision, […]

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Florida GOP Gubernatorial Candidates To Debate In June

Florida GOP Gubernatorial Candidates To Debate In June

Florida – The Republican Party of Florida, partnering with Fox News, announced Thursday that a nationally televised debate among the party’s gubernatorial candidates will be held June 28 in Orlando. State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Congressman Ron DeSantis are among the announced Republican candidates to succeed outgoing Gov. Rick Scott. State House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land […]

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