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Florida turns eye toward hurricane season as DOH updates COVID-19 stats

Gov. Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to take advantage of the tax-free hurricane preparation holiday in effect starting Friday. Those who need supplies can stock up. As Floridians turn their eyes to the impending hurricane season, COVID-19 remains a problem that will continue to impact the state.

  No decision made yet during emergency hearing for unemployment benefits

  Weather better for historic SpaceX launch of NASA astronauts

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

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

Florida man charged after runaway toddler is seen on highway

Police respond to large crowds, shooting in Florida beach

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Florida shortens stone crab season over industry objections

Police: Florida boy, 9, shot by teenage uncle

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

  DeSantis announces return of Summer camps

  Florida unemployment rate jumps to 12.9%

  Will virus keep Florida spectators from astronaut launch?

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

Expect to wait on calls about jobless claims

Florida hits grim total of 2K+ COVID-19 deaths

‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin selling COVID-19 masks to benefit big cats, first responders

Disney Springs reopening comes with a warning about risk

Monroe County to suspend checkpoints June 1, re-open Florida Keys

Car crashes through Fla. family’s fence, flies across pool in chilling video

Police believe the crash happened after the driver suffered diabetic shock.

Florida is now in 'Full Phase 1’ of re-opening

Fitness centers, restaurants, and retail are impacted.

  Marie Selby Gardens to reopen May 26th

Selby Gardens will reopen their campuses starting on Tuesday, May 26th.

7 homes, 23 other structures destroyed by Florida wildfire

Officials say at least seven homes and 23 other structures have been destroyed by a massive wildfire that continues to burn in southwest Florida.

  Did you file for unemployment in March and still haven’t received benefits?

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a news conference in Jacksonville Friday said 99.99% of people who filed in March, qualified for unemployment and completed their applications should have received benefits.

Publix to expand store hours

Publix has announced that it will be extending store hours and eliminating reserved shopping time periods.

  VIDEO: Two parachutists survive tandem jump gone awry

Two parachutists were critically injured Wednesday during a tandem jump in Titusville.

  Wildfire shuts down busy stretch of I-75 in Alligator Alley; evacuations underway

Four fires are burning in South Florida and causing major problems in several communities and shutting off a vital passage across the state.

  Hotels Fully Welcoming Visitors, but Vacation rentals remain off limits in Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended until April 30 an executive order that suspended rentals of vacation properties because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education leaders eye ways to reopen schools

As specifics continue to be ironed out, State Board of Education member Michael Olenick has requested that Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran create a pandemic task force that would focus on the numerous changes that schools will need to make in the coming months.

Governor officially extends executive order suspending non-payment evictions and foreclosures

Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an extension on an executive order preventing evictions and foreclosures due to non-payment.

DeSantis wants teams to restart games in Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis said it’s time for professional sports teams to play ball again in Florida.

FIU student adds to lawsuit over tuition, fees

Alleging “inferior” online classes after campuses closed this spring because of the coronavirus, a Florida International University student has filed what is at least the third potential class-action lawsuit seeking refunds for students in the state university system.

Florida DOH announces 42,402 confirmed cases of COVID-19

The Florida Department of Health has announced 42, 402 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

23,000 people have received PUA benefits,while others are waiting on a link to apply

As hundreds of thousands are waiting on benefits, many who were deemed ineligible are waiting on a link to apply for federal funds.

1 dead in Pasco County plane crash

One person has died following a plane crash in Pasco County. Fire officials say the single-engine aircraft crashed behind a home in the Wesley Chapel community.

DEO asking March unemployment filers with pending cases to check accounts

The Department of Economic Opportunity is asking anyone with a pending case who applied in March to check their accounts.

  Many say CONNECT system remains faulty as thousands go on server to claim unemployment weeks

While many people are still waiting on their initial benefits, the state is now requiring people to claim their weeks.

Florida DOH reports 1,735 COVID-19 deaths

In its 11 a.m. update, the Florida Department of Health confirmed that there are 1,735 deaths due to COVID-19 in the state.

State issues testing orders for long-term care facilities

The orders require nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to allow the Florida Department of Health into their buildings for infection control and conducting COVID-19 testing of residents and staff.

Remembering the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Disaster exactly 40 years later

A documentary on one of the state’s most tragic incidents is now available for rent on Vimeo. “The Skyway Bridge Disaster” is now streaming almost 40 years after the the Skyway Bridge incident.

  No timeline for retroactive payments, DEO says they’re rolling out payments as quickly as possible

The Department of Economic Opportunity wasn’t able to give us a clear timeline of when retroactive payments will be paid out in full.

Late day update puts Florida COVID-19 cases over 38K

The Florida Department of Health’s daily update came just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday. New numbers show that the state has confirmed 38,828 positive cases of COVID-19.

Grand jury in Parkland shooting seeks to make sure it has enough time

With grand jury proceedings suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, a statewide grand jury that has investigated the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is seeking to make sure it has enough time to conduct its work.

Dry conditions stoke wildfires in the panhandle.

Dry conditions are being blamed for a fire in the state’s panhandle that closed a stretch of I-10 Wednesday.

  Circuit Judge grants governor’s motion to dismiss lawsuit aiming to compel state to pay claims immediately

A Florida Circuit Court Judge granted a motion to dismiss part of a lawsuit that would have compelled the state to pay unemployment claims immediately.

Florida DOH reports 1,539 COVID-19 Deaths

The Florida Department of Health reported Wednesday morning that the state has confirmed a total of 38,002 positive cases of COVID-19. They have also confirmed 1,539 deaths.

Justice weighs recreational marijuana proposal

With Attorney General Ashley Moody, lawmakers and groups such as the Florida Chamber of Commerce trying to block the measure, the state Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments about a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow people to use recreational marijuana.

  Gov. DeSantis announces mobile COVID-19 testing lab

Gov. Ron DeSantis officially announced the creation of Florida’s first mobile testing lab for COVID-19.

  Latest on unemployment issues across Florida and how to apply for PUA

If you haven’t filed for unemployment, PUA is not your first step. You must apply for state benefits first.

Jury trials in Florida suspended until July

Chief Justice Charles T. Canaday of the Florida Supreme Court has ordered that jury trials be suspended in the state until July due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner encourages Floridians to participate in the “Great American Takeout”

As restaurants across the state begin to slowly re-open, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner is encouraging Floridians to support their local business with The Great American Takeout.

Commissioner Nikki Freid requests investigation on Florida’s unemployment system

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner formally requests an investigation into the potential mismanagement of Florida’s unemployment system.

Florida DOH reports 1,399 COVID-19 deaths

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 36,897 positive cases of COVID-19 that have resulted in 1,399 deaths.

Phase 1 of re-opening Florida begins

The first phase of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to re-open Florida started Monday.

Dorm rooms like ‘someone went to class and never came back’

Jahnaezha McFadden had packed everything she needed for spring break.

FDOH reports over 36,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Florida

The Florida Department of Health confirmed on Sunday morning that the state now has 36, 078 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Hair salons and barber shops remain closed, for now

Barber shops and hair salons are still on the sidelines as Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening of select businesses during the coronavirus pandemic begins Monday.

FDEO extends work search requirement waiver, website will be down this weekend

Friday, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that the executive order that waived state requirements for reemployment assistance has been extended.

  Gov. DeSantis says an investigation is “going to need to be done” on the unemployment server

As nearly one million unique unemployment claims have been filed, thousands are awaiting payments from the state. The Governor says he plans to investigate how the state spent $77 million on a faulty unemployment website.

DeSantis: Florida State Parks to re-open Monday

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that Florida State Parks will re-open Monday during the phase-one rollout of the plan to re-open Florida.

  Appealing state unemployment ineligibility status

A labor and employment attorney tells ABC 7 if you know you meet the requirements and were deemed ineligible then you should file an appeal.

Frustrations over DEO lead to class action lawsuit

Frustrations over the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s website has led to a class action lawsuit being filed last week in Leon County.

Surge continues in jobless claims

Florida recorded more than 900,000 first-time unemployment claims during the past two weeks, while fewer than 50 percent of people put out of work since mid-March have received assistance from the state.

Florida Department of Health confirms 33,690 cases of COVID-19

As Florida approaches phase-one of the governor’s plan for re-opening the state, the Department of Health reports that there they have confirmed 33,690 positive cases of COVID-19.

  Southwest Florida currently in phase one of a water shortage

The Southwest Florida Water Management District voted to make the declaration Tuesday.

Rep. Margaret Good parts ways with campaign manager

ABC7 learned on Wednesday that Representative Margaret Good is parting ways with her campaign manager, Kevin Lata.

Florida DOH announces 33,193 COVID-19 cases as state awaits announcement on re-opening

As Floridians await an announcement from Gov. Ron DeSantis on re-opening the state, the Department of Health has confirmed 33,193 positive cases of COVID-19.

Investigators seeking answers after gator found shot with arrows

Officials with the Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers are hoping that someone knows who injured an alligator with two arrows.

  40.3% of unemployment claims processed deemed ineligible by the Department of Economic Opportunity

This week 40.3% of the overall claims processed by the Department of Economic Opportunity were deemed ineligible.

DEO announces PUA now available to all eligible Floridians

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced on Tuesday that Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is now available to all eligible Floridians.

Florida DOH confirms 32,846 positive COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health confirms that state has recorded 32,846 positive COVID-19 cases and 1,171 deaths as of Tuesday morning.

DeSantis says he wants to get ‘checks out’ amid criticism

Democratic lawmakers Monday continued to press Gov. Ron DeSantis to boost unemployment benefits for Floridians left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic

DeSantis says he will ‘go slow’ on reopening

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that reopening the state after coronavirus-caused shutdowns will be “very methodical” and “data-driven.”

Welcome mat at Florida home seeks warrant and deputies did

A welcome mat at the front door of a Florida home read “come back with a warrant” and that’s just what deputies did before finding drugs and drug paraphernalia inside.

Florida DOH announces 1,088 COVID-19 deaths, 32,138 cases

The Florida Department of Health announced Monday that the state has suffered 1,088 COVID-19 deaths.

Deputies: Man made bomb threat to avoid work

Authorities say a Florida construction worker called in a bomb threat to a water treatment facility to get a day off work.

Florida now has 31,528 confirmed coronavirus cases, state has suffered 1,074 COVID-19 related deaths

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) confirmed on Sunday morning the state now has 31,528 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19).