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State infrastructure projects get federal boost

The program allows local governments to develop large-scale infrastructure projects

Transgender athlete bill passes Florida House

Florida Legislature passes bill to make ‘Cocktails To-Go’ permanent

Severe storm damages buildings in Florida Panhandle

Permanent ‘alcohol to go’ bill clears Florida Senate

Palmetto Police issue arrest warrant in connection to 2014 homicide

Aid for Sarasota renters on the way from federal program

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Florida governor announces $27M in financial relief for those impacted by Hurricane Michael

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has located missing woman

State unemployment system revamp begins moving in House

  Gaetz staying on Judiciary panel, despite investigation

Amber Alert canceled, 2 Florida children found safe

Police investigation causing headaches for Fort Lauderdale travelers

Florida jobless rate falls to 4.7%

The February rate reflects an estimated 474,000 Floridians out of work

Bill to limit local control of ports wins committee support

The bill would prohibit past and future local referendums that alter cruise ship operations.

  Florida secures agreement to resolve deceptive marketing strategy for surgical mesh products

Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office has secured an agreement to resolve a deceptive marketing strategy for women’s surgical mesh products.

North Port Police looking for pair who allegedly shoplifted from local store

North Port police are looking for two people who allegedly shoplifted from a local sporting goods store.

Venice woman indicted on first-degree murder after woman dies of fentanyl overdose

GOP holds party line on controversial election changes

  Pedestrian dead after crash in St. Petersburg

Gov. DeSantis announces proposed $75M for ‘Get There Faster’ initiatives

Capitol Watch for Wednesday, March 17

Bright Futures bill sails through committee

Capitol Watch for Tuesday, March 16

Charter schools and impact fees are among the topics in Tallahassee.

Florida jobless rate falls to 4.8 percent

Manatee County had a 4.4% unemployment rate in January, while Sarasota County came in at 4.3%.

Capitol Watch for Monday, March 15

What's happening in Tallahassee Monday, March 15

FPL files proposal for base rate hikes

Florida Power & Light on Friday filed a four-year rate plan that would lead to most customers seeing gradual increases in their monthly bills, with the utility saying the proposal would allow it to “continue focusing on ways to deliver low-cost electricity.”

Vacation rental legislation going through major changes

The bill's sponsor stripped out a provision that would have blocked local governments’ ability to license and inspect the properties.

Online sales tax bill advances in Florida House

Sales taxes for online purchases would shore up the state's unemployment fund

Capitol Watch for Friday, March 12

A list of legislation being considered in committees March 12, 2021

Capitol Watch for Thursday, March 11

A list of legislation being considered in committees March 11, 2021

Suncoast is sixth most dangerous place in the U.S. for pedestrians, report says

Florida transportation officials say they study is flawed.

DeSantis touts state’s COVID-19 decisions

Gov. Ron DeSantis formally launched the 2021 legislative session Tuesday with a State of the State address that touted the state’s actions during the COVID-19 pandemic and touched on hot-button issues that lawmakers will face over the next 60 days.

State adds 16 species of nonnative reptiles to ban list

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission added 16 reptiles to a list of prohibited species, including several python species, green iguanas and all species of tegu lizards.

Mobile home owner in Charlotte County narrowly escapes fire

The mobile home owner escaped his home moments before it becomes engulfed in flames.

Disney, Carnival continue sailing suspensions

Two major cruise lines have announced they are extending the moratorium on new departures this spring.

State lawmakers aim to crack down on pandemic fraud

A bill scheduled for a hearing Monday would allow police to charge pandemic-related fraudsters with felonies.

Florida vaccination list expands to include teachers, police over 50

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said teachers and law enforcement officers age 50 and older will have access to COVID-19 vaccine.

Bill would protect reporters from hate crimes

A Tampa lawmaker has proposed a bill that would add journalists to the list of persons protected by hate crimes legislation in Florida.

Ten issues to watch in Tallahassee this year

Lawmakers will take up a wide range of issues in the session starting March 2, along with negotiating a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Crist call for feds to investigate Florida pop-up vaccine site placement

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has asked for a Justice Department probe into Gov. Ron DeSantis' coronavirus vaccine distribution decisions.

Publix cancels Monday’s vaccine registrations due to supply issues

For the third time, Publix will not have online registration for COVID-19 vaccines at stores across the state.

Health care cuts could be ‘on the table’

The COVID-19 pandemic's strain on health-care providers across the state might prompt Medicaid spending cuts in the coming year.

Vacation rental bill moving through Florida Senate

A controversial effort to further limit local governments’ ability to regulate and inspect vacation rental properties is advancing in the Florida Senate.

Moskowitz to work through April

Outgoing Florida Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz will serve through the end of April, the Division of Emergency Management announced in a tweet Tuesday.

State emergency management director to step down

Gov. Ron DeSantis has confirmed that Jared Moskowitz, the state’s emergency management director, will be leaving the post soon.

Police say missing 10-year-old has been found safe

A 10-year-old girl who was reported missing out of New Iberia late Sunday, Feb. 7 was found safe on the morning of Monday, Feb. 8, according to the New Iberia Police Department.

Trump pardons former WellCare executives

As part of a flurry of last-minute pardons and commutations, President Donald Trump granted pardons to five former executives of WellCare Health Plans who were convicted in a case involving allegations of defrauding Florida’s Medicaid program.

Tallahassee law enforcement and leaders say they’re prepared for any disturbances at the State Capitol building

While the capital was relatively quiet again Sunday, the law enforcement presence was not as local, state, federal officers were on scene.

Woman, and 3 others wanted in connection to battery on 65 year old security guard at the Port Charlotte Town Center Mall

Suspects wanted in battery of 65-year old security guard

January is recognized as Human Trafficking Month as numbers in the state rise

Human Trafficking Month

  AMI Privateers Continue Mission

AMI Privateers has been helping Manatee County kids further their education -- with hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants provided since the group’s inception back in the 1960s.

U.S. Coast Guards rescue kite surfer in Ft. Lauderdale

The man was rescued near Port Everglades after his lines tangled and the kite broke.

FDLE searching for missing 12-year-old Florida girl

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is searching for a 12-year-old girl that has been reported missing after last being seen in Key West.

Seminole County, Fla. School District spammed as students receive racist emails

Officials say public high school students in one Florida county received more than eight million racist emails with “disgusting” messages. Seminole County school officials say the emails began on Saturday.

Attorney General Ashley Moody provides tips for safe giving on Giving Tuesday

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning Floridians about the possibility of charity fraud occurring on Giving Tuesday, and the precautions that they need to take.

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.

Congressman-elect from South Florida tests positive for virus

The former Miami-Dade County mayor and his wife tested positive Thursday for COVID-19 after having mild symptoms.

Florida Attorney General issues warning about COVID-19 texting scam

Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody is warning state taxpayers of a new COVID-19 related text scam that misleads recipients into giving out their banking information in exchange for a $1,200 stimulus check.

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

Two men are in serious to critical condition after a truck plows into the side of a car in Alachua county.

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

When officers found Duncan on Oct. 29, they say she suffered a single gunshot wound.

Florida, butt of election jokes, believes system is ready

Florida's election supervisors say lessons have been learned since the state's infamous presidential recount in 2000 and they expect this year's election to run smoothly

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

Project 10Million will provide free internet access to K-12 students in Florida who participate in the national school lunch program for low-income families.

Ocala police chief killed in small plane crash on Sunday

The Ocala police chief was killed on Sunday morning in a small plane crash in Marion County.

  Rays advance to World Series

The Tampa Bay Rays are headed to the World Series after beating the Houston Astros 4-2 in the seventh and deciding game of their American League Championship Series Saturday night in the MLB playoff bubble.

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

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

FDOH releases latest COVID-19 numbers

The Florida Department of Health is reporting 736,024 total positive cases of COVID-19.

Biden heads to South Florida, Trump in Orange County

With President Donald Trump scheduled to rally voters Monday night in Sanford, Democratic challenger Joe Biden will counter Tuesday with appearances in South Florida.

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

The charge against Munoz is Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, which is a second-degree felony. The victim’s name is not being released consistent with the rights of crime victims contained in Florida’s Constitution, commonly referred to as Marsy’s Law.

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

Hurricane Delta moves over the Yucatan Peninsula today and emerges into the Gulf waters by evening. As this happens mid and upper wind flow brings in some drier air aloft. This will help limit rain fall today and delay the onset of showers till late in the afternoon or early in the evening

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

In observance of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day, Governor Ron DeSantis directs the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida from sunrise to sunset on Sunday.

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

Police are searching for an 11-year-old Florida girl that has been reported missing.

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

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced legislation that will targets assemblies and protests that become disorderly. The governor made the announcement from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office surrounded by law enforcement officials from around the state.

Sen. Rick Scott traveling to Pensacola amid Sally impacts

As Sally strikes the Florida Panhandle, Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) is planning to travel to Pensacola and join the U.S. Coast Guard for an aerial tour of the storm’s impacts on the region.

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

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is reporting 663.994 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began and eight new statewide coronavirus related deaths in Sunday’s update.

Victim beaten after asking unmasked man to socially distance

Police say a man punched and kicked a 70-year-old man who’d asked him to practice social distancing inside a central Florida gas station.

Florida boy charged with bringing three guns to school

Officials say a 12-year-old Florida boy was arrested after bringing three handguns to school.