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  Brothers pushing ‘Promise to Humanity’ global movement

Man charged in Florida church arson attack

Man sets fire in Florida church after plowing van inside

Former Florida governor, Wayne Mixson, dies at 98

Police: Jogger finds decomposing head during morning run

Florida’s largest county closes restaurants as virus spikes

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

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

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

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

DeSantis backs proposals for Space Force headquarters

Pence scheduled to meet with DeSantis on Thursday in Tampa

  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

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

Florida governor signs into law bill to speed up recounts

Florida looks for way forward on bars

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

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

FPL STORM TIPS: Keep your family and home safe during hurricane season

FPL STORM TIPS: Keep your family and home safe during hurricane season

Local LEOs release statements and react to the murder of George Floyd

Local law enforcement officers have released statements to the Suncoast community in wake of the murder of George Floyd that took place in Minneapolis, MN last week.

Truck drives through Florida protesters; no serious injuries

Police say a pickup truck drove through a crowd of protesters in Florida’s capital.

Woman sentenced for supporting Islamic State

A Florida woman has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison for attempting to send cellphones to the Middle East to be used as bomb detonators by the Islamic State terrorist group.

Judge resists ordering fixes to unemployment system

Pointing to the constitutional separation of powers, a Leon County circuit judge Thursday refused to order the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to take steps to “fix” the state’s much-maligned unemployment compensation system to process and pay claims.

Virus causes detour in getting driver’s licenses

Florida’s newest drivers still need to take behind-the-wheel tests to get licenses, but they should expect some changes in the way tests are conducted, at least while the coronavirus is still around.

  No decision made yet during emergency hearing for unemployment benefits

Several attorneys are asking a Tallahassee Judge to order the Department of Economic Opportunity to pay unemployed Floridians immediately.

Weather better for historic SpaceX launch of NASA astronauts

The weather is looking up for SpaceX's first astronaut launch, as officials vow to keep crew safety the top priority.

Florida now has over 52,200 confirmed COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has updated its latest COVID-19 statistics, confirming 52,255 positive COVID-19 cases involving 50,916 Florida residents.

Fed judge rules Florida can’t stop poor felons from voting

A federal judge has ruled that Florida law can’t stop felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees, court costs and restitution.

Florida man charged after runaway toddler is seen on highway

A Florida man has been arrested after a driver spotted a runaway toddler in diapers on a highway near midnight.

Police respond to large crowds, shooting in Florida beach

Florida officials say a crowd of more than 200 people gathered on a beachside road despite pandemic restrictions and were seen partying and dancing.

Florida shortens stone crab season over industry objections

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the shortened season and other new limits are necessary to sustain Florida stone crabs.

Police: Florida boy, 9, shot by teenage uncle

Police say a teenage boy has been arrested in Florida on suspicion he shot his 9-year-old nephew in the arm with a stolen gun.

Police: Mother arrested and charged for murder of nine-year-old son in South Florida

Police have arrested the boy’s mother, Patricia Ripley, and she is facing charges of first-degree murder and attempted premeditated murder.

  DeSantis announces return of Summer camps

During a press conference in Jacksonville, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that activities for children can return this summer. The executive decision is effective immediately.

  Florida unemployment rate jumps to 12.9%

The state of Florida’s unemployment rate rose to 12.9% in April in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Will virus keep Florida spectators from astronaut launch?

NASA and SpaceX are urging spectators to stay at home next Wednesday for safety reasons. Officials in Brevard County, home to the Kennedy Space Center, are rolling out the welcome mat in an effort to jump-start a tourism industry hit hard this spring by coronavirus-related lockdowns.

DeSantis announces return of youth sports, camps

During a press conference in Jacksonville, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that activities for children can return this summer. The executive decision is effective immediately.

South Florida Amber Alert cancelled, 9-year-old boy found deceased

A devastating end to a Florida Amber Alert has been reported.

Sen. Rick Scott urges DOJ investigation after Planned Parenthood receives PPP

Florida Senator Rick Scott and others have mailed a letter to Attorney General William Barr demanding an investigation after Planned Parenthood applied for and received PPP loans during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Charlotte County short-term vacation rentals to re-open

Charlotte County is taking more steps towards re-opening.

  Some Floridians say they’re being overpaid by the Department of Economic Opportunity

As many Floridians are awaiting unemployment benefits, some tell ABC 7 they’re being overpaid by the Department of Economic Opportunity.