Florida DOH releases COVID-19 stats as state heads into July 4th holiday

As the nation heads into its Independence Day weekend, celebrations will be tempered with the grim reminder of the coronavirus.

Move to rename ‘Bloody Sunday’ bridge has critics in Selma

Residents in the landmark civil rights city of Selma, Alabama, are among the critics of a bid to rename the historic bridge where voting rights marchers were beaten in 1965.
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Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

The Trump administration is promising one of the largest fireworks displays in recent memory in Washington on July Fourth.

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Hillsborough State Attorney charges more in looting

  First Alert AM Weather: Friday, July 3, 2020 - Onshore flow continues bringing early rain chances across the Suncoast

Some residents in one Bradenton neighborhood have concerns over Sarasota Bay water quality

  Better chance for storms over Holiday weekend

Vice President Pence meets with DeSantis in Tampa to discuss coronavirus response

Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSanits held a press briefing Thursday in Tampa to discuss the recent spike in coronavirus cases and reaffirm their commitment to fighting the virus.
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  Coronavirus cases rise in 40 states; Texas issues mask mandate

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

  All state-run Covid-19 testing centers continue to experience a high volume of traffic

COVID-19 Restrictions Impacting July 4th Weekend on the Suncoast

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota updates visitation policy

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Manatee Co. releases revised schedule of 2020 graduation dates

Longboat Key passes mask ordinance

Video: Florida police laugh after shooting rubber bullets

2 additional SCFD employees test positive for COVID-19

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  US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

U.S. employers added a substantial 4.8 million jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, as the job market improved for a second straight month yet still remained far short of regaining the colossal losses it suffered this spring.

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DeSantis backs proposals for Space Force headquarters

  AMBER Alert canceled after 8-year-old Florida boy found safe

An AMBER Alert has been issued for eight-year-old Josiah Brantley, who Tallahassee Police say may be with his mother in Live Oak or Orlando.

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Missing Bradenton teen found safe

FDOH reports 169,106 COVID-19 cases as V.P. Pence visits Tampa

Sheriff: Man killed dog because ‘it looked at him crazy’

Lakewood Ranch Medical updates visitation rules

DeSantis backs proposals for Space Force headquarters

Gov. Ron DeSantis has endorsed six Florida counties and three cities that hope to land the command headquarters of the U.S. Space Force.
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  Intel chiefs brief congressional leaders on Russia bounties

The U.S. intelligence chiefs conducted classified briefings Thursday for congressional leaders who have demanded more answers about intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

  First Alert Weather: Weekend rain chances going up

Mask requirement begins across the City of Sarasota

Crews stop massive wastewater spill, state’s DEP says as much as 28-million gallons could have spilled near Sarasota Bay

Pence scheduled to meet with DeSantis on Thursday in Tampa