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Students to continue having choice of in-person, online classes

Public school instruction will continue in-person and online this spring as coronavirus cases continue to increase across Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Monday.

Fatal crash in Alachua County forces rescue crews to cut passengers out of vehicles

Salt Life co-founder charged with manslaughter in death of Lake City teen

Florida, butt of election jokes, believes system is ready

T-Mobile Project 10Million to Provide Students Free Internet Access

Ocala police chief killed in small plane crash on Sunday

  Rays advance to World Series

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Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

FDOH releases latest COVID-19 numbers

Biden heads to South Florida, Trump in Orange County

Aggravated Battery charge filed against driver who rammed victim near Hyde Park protest

  First Alert Weather: Major Hurricane Delta moves into the Gulf today and the Suncoast weather dries out

Flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

Department of Justice: Florida men travel to Croatia to engage in sexual activity with minor

According to the indictment, for nearly a year, Pulido used the internet to entice and coerce a minor victim, under the age of 16, to engage in sexual activity with him. In June 2018, Pulido traveled from Florida to Croatia for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with the victim.

Federal and local law enforcement officials recovered from COVID-19

Lawrence Keefe who is the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Rachel Rojas who is the FBI Special Agent in Charge, and Paul Salvo who serves as the Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy shared their personal COVID-19 stories. The officials shared their stories and the inspiration for their co

Florida DOH reports 3,266 new COVID-19 cases

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 704, 569 total COVID-19 cases involving 696,171 Florida residents since March. It’s an increase of 3,266 cases since Monday.

Bolts to bring home the Stanley Cup!

Tampa Bay Lightning takes the win!

AMBER Alert: Police searching for missing 11-year-old Florida girl

Surrounded by law enforcement, DeSantis announces legislation against disorderly protesters, looting

Sen. Rick Scott traveling to Pensacola amid Sally impacts

FDOH reports more than 1,800 new COVID-19 cases statewide

Victim beaten after asking unmasked man to socially distance

Florida boy charged with bringing three guns to school

More than 800 FSU students test positive for coronavirus

Florida State University reported Tuesday that more than 800 students have tested positive for coronavirus.

AMBER Alert issued for 10-year-old Florida girl

An AMBER Alert has been issued for a 10-year-old Florida girl out of Dade County.

Police investigating explosion in Palm Bay industrial park

Police have shut down a section of U.S. 1 in central Florida due to fires from an explosion.

Man sentenced for stealing checks from mail after hurricane

A Georgia man has been sentenced to one year and nine months in federal prison for stealing checks from the mail in the Florida Panhandle as the area was still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

Florida bars cook up ways to re-open

Hot dogs, cold sandwiches and Hot Pockets admittedly aren’t fancy fare.

Disney postpones resort openings

Disney World Resorts are postponing the re-opening of its Polynesian Village

One-year-old child reported missing out of Hillsborough County has been found and is safe

Deputies say the one-year-old child that was reported missing out of Hillsborugh County has been located and he is safe.

Florida woman, 84, mauled to death by dog, man hospitalized

Officials in Florida say an 84-year-old woman was mauled to death by her dog while a man was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Judge rejects putting schools on hold

Siding with teachers unions, a Leon County circuit judge Thursday lifted a stay of his earlier ruling that a state order requiring schools to reopen in August is unconstitutional.

State COVID positivity rate is at 6.36%, total cases climb over 611K

The Florida Department of Health have reported 611,991 total cases but the state has reported fewer than 5,000 new cases across the state.

Florida seeks to boost unemployment benefits $300 a week

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is applying to participate in a new federal unemployment assistance program to boost benefits another $300 a week.

Judge rules in favor of Florida teachers union, says school districts should decide if schools will re-open

A Florida judge has ruled in favor of teachers in a lawsuit that was filed over the re-opening of schools in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Six-year-old Florida girl becomes youngest person in the state to die from COVID-19

A six-year-old girl in Hillsborough County is now the youngest person to pass away from COVID-19 complications in Florida, according to a report by the Florida Department of Health.

City manager charged with poking council member during fight

Police say a Florida city manager was arrested after he poked and yelled at a city council member following a vote against renewing his contract.

  USF study shows strong support for a mask mandate

In a new survey by the University of South Florida (USF) researchers found that people who oppose wearing masks and mask mandates are the minority.

  DeSantis appoints new sheriff in Clay County

In Clay County, Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed a new sheriff on Saturday.

Amber Alert canceled for missing Fla. 16-year-old

A Florida Amber Alert was canceled Friday night for an unknown white or Hispanic female who is approximately 16 years old.

Florida sheriff: ‘No face masks allowed for deputies or visitors while under my duty'

The debate over the use of face masks is developing in a north central Florida county.

Deputies conducting a death investigation in Charlotte County

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is conducting a death investigation in Punta Gorda.

FDOH reports new single-day high of 276 COVID-19 related fatalities for Florida in Tuesday morning’s update

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting 542,792 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 276 new statewide coronavirus related deaths in Tuesday morning’s update.

FDOH confirms more than 4,100 new COVID-19 cases in Florida, Manatee County records new one-day high for coronavirus related deaths

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting 536,961 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 91 new statewide coronavirus related deaths in Monday morning’s update.

FDOH reports 6,229 new confirmed coronavirus cases statewide

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting 532,806 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and 77 new statewide coronavirus related deaths in Sunday morning’s update.

  Disney World to begin reducing park hours in September

Walt Disney World in Orlando is set to reduce its operating hours that will begin on September 8th.

  USF to begin Phase 2 of their re-opening plan

The University of South Florida will begin Phase Two of the university’s re-opening plan.

The 2020 Sales Tax Holiday weekend is underway in Florida

The 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday weekend is underway in the Sunshine State.

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.

Sheriff: Burger King worker shot, killed in waiting dispute

Authorities in Florida say a Burger King worker was fatally shot after a dispute over a delay in a food order.

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

Hundreds of utility trucks and crew members from almost 10 states are staged and ready at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.

Officials: Florida panther struck and killed by vehicle

An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle.

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

Florida continues to shatter grim records in the COVID-19 pandemic. A reported 257 residents died on Thursday in connection to the virus, breaking a single-day record for four days in a row this week.

DeSantis considers nursing home visits as death toll rises

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is thinking of relaxing his assisted living facility visitation ban even as Florida’s death count from the coronavirus has spiked to a new height with 191 reported fatalities.

Sheriff: Woman killed, man injured in music video shooting

Authorities say a 20-year-old Florida man is accused of fatally shooting a woman and critically injuring a man as they were filming a music video.

  Florida Union calls for online classes at colleges and universities

Florida’s largest faculty union has called on Governor Ron DeSantis and state education officials to order higher-education institutions to use remote learning through the fall.

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

Florida’s top business regulator said he planned to meet with bar owners to discuss how they can reopen their businesses again safely.

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

Court documents show a Georgia woman was arrested at Walt Disney World after security for the Florida resort found two guns and some marijuana in her child’s diaper bag.

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

The 12-year-old girl that was reported missing in Lee County on Saturday has been located and she is okay.

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

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a live address on Wednesday evening to address the latest on how the state is planning to go forward with the upcoming school year.

Report: Boy injured on thrill water ride at Universal

A 9-year-old boy was found unresponsive on a thrill water ride at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay a couple of weeks after the theme park reopened following a shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Law enforcement officers are investigating the murders of three men that were killed during a fishing trip in Polk County on Friday.

  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

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is urging Florida’s horse community to be vigilant of Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE), a serious viral disease that can affect horses, birds, and humans and cause neurological injury and death.

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

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a press conference on Wednesday that a few of the state-run COVID-19 drive thru testing sites will be debuting symptomatic lanes starting on Friday.

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

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has arrested two Miami men in connection to allegedly stealing nearly $9,000 in merchandise from local Home Depot stores.

Walmart shopper pulls gun on man in dispute over mask

Investigators are searching for a man who they say pulled a gun on a shopper in a Florida Walmart store.

  Publix giving back to food pantries as part of an initiative

Publix is giving back to food pantries.

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

A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly burning a building during a civil disturbance in May.

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.