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FPL sends crew to New Jersey to help in aftermath of Hurricane Isaias

Over 600 Florida Power and Light (FPL) employees are headed to New Jersey to help restore power in the aftermath in Hurricane Isaias.

  Utility crews from other states arrive in Florida to help in response to Hurricane Isaias

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

  Surgeon General, Florida Agriculture Commissioner weigh in on COVID-19 crisis

DeSantis considers nursing home visits as death toll rises

Sheriff: Woman killed, man injured in music video shooting

  Florida Union calls for online classes at colleges and universities

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Florida’s top regulator looking at how to open bars safely

Deputies: Woman had guns in diaper bag at Walt Disney World

12-year-old girl reported missing in Lee County has been found and is safe

DeSantis: Parents should have choices to decide how students will return to school, teachers should have option to continue remotely working

Report: Boy injured on thrill water ride at Universal

  LEO’s investigating the murders of three men that happened during a fishing trip in Florida

  Remdisivir is on the way to Florida hospitals

Gov. Ron DeSantis says Remdisivir is heading to hospitals across the state to help fight COVID-19.

  DeSantis announces Florida counties will be receiving funds from the Cares Act to assist with rent and mortgage

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that money will be going to residents who are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage in the state.

Man killed in parking garage at Florida’s Hard Rock Casino

Authorities are searching for suspects after a Florida man was gunned down in the parking lot of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

  Tampa International Airport ranked among best in U.S.

According to the Travel and Leisure magazine, Tampa International Airport (TPA) has been ranked as one of the top airports in the U.S.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner warns horse owners to be on the look out for Eastern equine encephalomyelitis

DeSantis says symptomatic lanes will debut at select drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in the state on Friday

SCSO deputies arrest two Miami men for allegedly stealing nearly $9,000 worth of merchandise from local Home Depot stores

Walmart shopper pulls gun on man in dispute over mask

  Publix giving back to food pantries as part of an initiative

Florida man arrested for burning a building during civil disturbance in Tampa

DeSantis offers no end to bar shutdown

Buying alcohol will remain a to-go-only option at Florida bars for the foreseeable future as coronavirus cases continue to spike.

  Brothers pushing ‘Promise to Humanity’ global movement

A pair of brothers connected to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have started a global movement.

Man charged in Florida church arson attack

A man accused of setting a Florida church on fire is being held without bail on charges that include attempted second-degree murder and arson.

Man sets fire in Florida church after plowing van inside

A Florida church sustained extensive damage when a driver plowed a van through the front door and then set the sanctuary on fire.

Former Florida governor, Wayne Mixson, dies at 98

Wayne Mixson, a North Florida farmer who served two terms as lieutenant governor and a brief stint as governor, died Wednesday at his home in Tallahassee.

Police: Jogger finds decomposing head during morning run

Law enforcement is investigating a human head that was found on the side of a roadway in St. Petersburg.

Florida’s largest county closes restaurants as virus spikes

Florida’s largest county is again closing its restaurants to sit-down dining, gyms and other indoor venues just weeks after they reopened because a spike in coronavirus cases.

7-year-old boy dies in Florida ATV accident near Tampa

The Florida Highway Patrol said a 7-year-old boy died and five others were injured, including children 2 and 4, when an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a grass field.

  Disney World passholders upset with company after being charged payments for several months during COVID-19 pandemic

Some Disney World annual passholders are pretty perturbed after they were incorrectly charged hundreds of dollars this month.

Man in famous 9/11 photo dies from COVID-19 in Florida

A man photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away on Sept. 11, 2001, has died from coronavirus.

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

Walt Disney World says it’s suspending the Disney College Program indefinitely amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Pence scheduled to meet with DeSantis on Thursday in Tampa

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Tampa on Thursday.

  DeSantis signs executive order to extend halt on mortgage foreclosures and evictions

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order to halt evictions and foreclosures until August 1.

DeSantis signs bills on cleaning up waterways

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Tuesday measures that include bigger fines for dumping pollutants into waterways and new rules for septic tanks and agricultural runoff.

  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.

AMBER Alert issued for eight-year-old boy in Florida

An AMBER Alert has been issued for an eight-year boy in Florida.

DeSantis signs budget, vetoes $1 billion

Pointing to “difficult circumstances,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday said he signed a $92.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year after vetoing about $1 billion in spending.

MCSO closing Records and Civil Process lobby to public due to increase of statewide COVID-19 numbers

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) announced on Monday that starting on Tuesday the Records and Civil Process lobby will be temporarily closed until further notice.

Florida governor signs into law bill to speed up recounts

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that allows local elections officials across the state to use a secondary system to speed up recounts and verify the accuracy of results.

Florida looks for way forward on bars

Florida’s ban on serving alcohol to people in bars will be reevaluated daily, the state’s top business regulator said in a series of tweets over the weekend that also offered apologies for the crackdown.

Former NFL, college coach Krueger dies at 90; Bucs’ 1st GM

Phil Krueger, who helped build a dominant defense as an assistant for 1967 national champion Southern California and later became part of the first coaching staff in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ history, has died. He was 90.

Florida restaurant fined $314K+ for stealing tips, wages

Federal officials say a Florida restaurant chain with six locations has been fined more than $314,500 for taking employee tips and wages.

DeSantis signs bill for $500 million in teacher raises

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is sticking to his promise to give teachers $500 million in raises despite plummeting state revenue because of the coronavirus.

Sausage, onion and iguana: Dead reptile found in pizza joint

State inspectors say they found an 80-pound iguana stashed in the freezer at a local pizza joint.

Some Florida Congress members ask DeSantis to make masks mandatory

Some members of Florida’s Congress are urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue an immediate statewide order that would require all people wear masks in public.

Manatee County announces new $17.5 million Coronavirus assistance plan

CARES Act funding now available in Manatee County.

State sends message as it suspends bar’s license

A bar near the University of Central Florida has had its state alcoholic beverage license suspended for violating reopening guidelines after 13 employees and at least 28 customers tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Attorney General warning Floridians about potential contact tracing scams involving COVID-19

Attorney General, Ashley Moody, is warning Florida residents about contact tracing scams that have been happening as of recently.

Florida Forest Service reopens additional recreation areas, moving to cash-free point-of-sale system

Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried, and the Florida Forest Service announced on on Monday that additional recreation are reopening, and they are moving to an online, cash-free point-of-sale system.

  Florida sees rise in background checks for gun purchases

Florida is seeing a dramatic rise in the number of background checks for gun purchases.

Florida now has over 97,200 confirmed coronavirus cases; state has suffered 3,161 COVID-19 related fatalities

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) reported 97,291 confirmed cases statewide on Sunday. The death toll from the virus hit 3,161.

DeSantis cracking down on Florida businesses not practicing social distancing, says median age of new COVID-19 cases trending in younger direction

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced in a press conference on Saturday that he is cracking down on Florida businesses that are packed and not practicing social distancing.

DeSantis signs bills on school bus safety, bear poaching

Continuing to gradually finish the work of this year’s legislative session, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday signed 21 bills, including measures aimed at improving school-bus safety and preventing bear poaching.

State boosts COVID-19 testing for long-term care workers

Staff members at nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be required to be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks under a pair of emergency rules issued Wednesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration.

Silver Alert cancelled after missing man found safe

Ezekial Sanchez was found safe in Nokomis and the alert has been cancelled. Thank you for helping us get the word out.

DeSantis promises big cuts to state budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he will soon slash enough spending from the state’s proposed $93.2 billion budget to keep lawmakers from having to address a coronavirus-fueled loss in tax revenues before the November elections.

  Possible paid parking on Holmes Beach

Holmes Beach leaders are looking at ways to offer more parking after removing hundreds of spots in residential areas.

Woman, dog found dead in lake

Authorities say Florida deputies are investigating after a Florida woman and her dog were found dead in a lake near her home.

Florida Department of Health confirms 77K+ COVID-19 cases

As of Monday morning, the Florida Department of Health has confirmed that there have been seven more deaths reported due to the novel coronavirus

Jacksonville mayor pledges ‘smooth, safe, secure’ convention

Calling it a “big win,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Friday he envisions the Republican convention in August as an opportunity to showcase his city and get his people back to work following massive shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Off-duty Florida wildlife officer found fatally shot

Authorities say an off-duty Florida wildlife officer has been found fatally shot.

Some pubs closing temporarily as Florida virus cases rise

Some Florida bars and restaurants are temporarily closing their doors after being back open for just a few weeks because workers or patrons have tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Not magic? Disney sues Florida county over property taxes

One thing that is not magic to Walt Disney World is the property taxes it must pay to a Florida county.

  Florida now has 75,568 confirmed coronavirus cases; state has suffered 2,931 COVID-19 related fatalities

The Florida Department of health has released its updated COVID-19 numbers.

Man sentenced for collecting dead mom’s social security

A Florida man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for collecting his mother’s Social Security payments for nearly a decade after her death.

Gov. DeSantis signs ‘Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights’ bill

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that he will sign a bill to allow collegiate athletes to earn money for use of their name, image and likeness. SB 646, is titled the Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights and will deliver compensation for athletes who previously could be deemed ineligibl

Gov. DeSantis orders flags at half-staff in remembrance of Pulse Nightclub shooting

Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered flags around the state to be lowered to half-staff on the somber anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Missing Hamilton Co. teen found dead

A missing Hamilton County teen has been found deceased according to our sister station, WCTV.

Florida Attorney General warning parents and teens about dangers of vaping

Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning parents and teens about a new health scare that involves the use of vaping.

Former NFL star, Florida A&M coach Ken Riley dead at 72

Former Cincinnati Bengals standout Ken Riley, who was also a coach and athletic director at his alma mater Florida A&M, has died.

Florida now has 63,938 confirmed coronavirus cases, state has suffered 2,700 COVID-19 related deaths

The Florida Department of health released its daily update of COVID-19 totals as concerns about massive protests and re-openings have some officials concerned that a surge of positive coronavirus cases could happen.

Court shoots down assault weapons ban

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a proposed constitutional amendment seeking to ban possession of assault-style weapons does not meet requirements to go before voters.

Jobless claims mount as state continues re-opening

More than 200,000 new unemployment claims were filed last week in Florida, as the state is on the verge of the second phase of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to reemerge economically from the coronavirus pandemic.

Florida educators want staggered school schedules amid virus

The Florida Education Association suggests staggering school schedules, suspending active-shooting drills and imposing social distancing rules on buses and classrooms.

  Bars, lounges anxious to re-open

Gov. Ron DeSantis is under increasing pressure to let bar owners again pour spirits and ring the bell for last call.

  DEO launches virtual waiting room for CONNECT system

Monday morning as many people logged in to check on their unemployment accounts they realized there was a virtual line they had to wait in before gaining access.

Florida COVID-19 dashboard repaired, state reports 2,461 deaths

After a brief outage on Sunday, the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard is working. On Monday, the state has reported 2,460 deaths. It’s an increased of nine reported deaths from Sunday.