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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

Florida enacts heat stroke protections for student athletes

Jun. 24, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A grieving mother's plea to Florida lawmakers was fulfilled when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a measure requiring schools to do more to protect student athletes from heat strokes, including having water-filled tubs at games and practices to rapidly cool the body. Laurie Giordano had...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 17, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ June 17 The Miami Herald on surging COVID-19 cases in the state: On the same day that Florida posted the largest number ever of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in a single day, Gov. DeSantis stood firm declaring, “We’re not rolling back.”...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 10, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ June 9 The Orlando Sentinel on requiring authorities to wear body cameras: Imagine the possible outcome if a video recording had not captured Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. No matter how many eyewitnesses might have...

FILE- In this March 4, 2013, file photo, Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Coconut Grove, Sen, Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, right, and Sen. Charles Dean, R-Inverness, in back, listen to discussion of the Ethics and Elections bill (SB2) on the floor of the Senate, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Margolis, the first woman to serve as the leader of a state Senate, died early Tuesday, June 9, 2020. She was 85. Margolis served 30 years in the Florida Legislature, including three different times in the Senate. She served as Senate president from 1990-1992, and was the last Democrat to lead the chamber. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

Margolis, Florida's first female Senate president, dies

Jun. 9, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrat Gwen Margolis, the first woman to serve as the leader of a state Senate, died early Tuesday. She was 85. Margolis served 30 years in the Florida Legislature, including three different times in the Senate. She served as Senate president from 1990-1992, and was the last...

Protestors lie down at an intersection on a rainy Thursday, June 4, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla., during a protest over the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after being restrained by police in Minneapolis. (Martha Ascencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Chief, lawmakers call deputy's window smashing 'troubling'

Jun. 5, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two state lawmakers say a Florida deputy used unnecessary force by smashing a woman's window, making her bleed from her face, after she stopped alongside a group of demonstrators protesting police abuse and later refused orders to get out of her car. Body-camera video released by the...

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

May. 25, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Tallahassee ruled Sunday night that Florida law can't stop felons from voting because they can't pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. In a 125-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the law passed by the Florida Legislature and signed...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 20, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ May 19 The Orlando Sentinel on Gov. Ron DeSantis stating user error may be one reason why Floridians haven't received their unemployment benefits: As if getting laid off isn’t scary enough, as if getting put through the unemployment wringer isn’t...

The U.S Navy's Blue Angels fly over as Jacksonville Beach Police Officer Thomas Harper and lifeguard Josh Mullis look on Friday, May 8, 2020 in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. The flyover was a salute to first responders in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Mar-a-Lago home Palm Beach County can reopen next week

May. 8, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Palm Beach County — the home of President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort — can start reopening its businesses next week, joining other parts of Florida that began allowing restaurants and retail shops to open their doors this week under certain limitations, Florida...