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Settlement reached in Florida dispute over college voting

Apr. 3, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials agreed to allow early voting sites back on college campuses, under an agreement announced Friday, a development cheered by voter rights advocates who had filed a legal challenge. Under the settlement, local elections officials are again allowed to consider college...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Apr. 1, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ March 29 The Miami Herald on Gov. Ron DeSantis denying a reporter access to his coronavirus press conference: Gov. Ron DeSantis denied Mary Ellen Klas, a Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times reporter in Tallahassee, access to his coronavirus press conference on Saturday. It...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question about his new daughter, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. DeSantis and his wife Casey announced on Twitter on Monday morning the arrival of their third child, a girl named Mamie. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Gov. DeSantis, wife Casey announce birth of baby Mamie

Mar. 30, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey announced Monday on Twitter the arrival of their third child, a girl named Mamie. And then the governor crossed the state to update Floridians on the coronavirus. DeSantis remained a proud dad in frantic and strange times. He was in the...

Two Florida boys who both had open-heart surgeries form bond

Mar. 29, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — On a brisk recent morning, 1-year-old Everett and 4-year-old Korbin were all smiles, playing with iridescent bubbles bursting out of a machine in Korbin’s Tallahassee front yard. It was hard to tell amid their laughter and play, but the boys both recently underwent...

Police look for new evidence in case of missing Florida boy

Mar. 27, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police force has partnered with a special task force in hopes of uncovering new evidence in the missing persons case of a 3-year-old boy who disappeared in 1968. The Florida Times-Union calls the search for Jonathan “Jon Jon" Hagans the oldest missing persons...

Dexter Toledo, 46, of Sarasota, Fla., reads an executive order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moments after arriving at Tampa International Airport on a JetBlue flight from Newark, N.J., just after midnight, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. DeSantis' executive order, which went into effect at midnight Tuesday, requires anyone arriving on a flight from New York City and New Jersey to self-quarantine for two weeks for prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Florida governor wants state declared a disaster area

Mar. 24, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis asked President Donald Trump to declare Florida a disaster area, saying the coronavirus outbreak is having a “drastic effect” on the state's economy and medical providers. DeSantis wrote in a letter to Trump released late Monday that Florida's...

A closed sign, attached on the outside fence at the Alafia River State Park, is shown Monday, March 23, 2020, in Lithia, Fla. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an order closing all of Florida's 175 state parks, trails and historic sites to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Florida governor orders New York travelers to quarantine

Mar. 23, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he is issuing an executive order mandating that anyone arriving on a flight from New York City and the surrounding area submit to self-quarantine for two weeks as he tries to avoid issuing a statewide shutdown similar to other states. DeSantis...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at C.B. Smith Park, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The park will be used for a drive thru COVID-19 testing facility. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Florida governor: New mobile testing sites coming soon

Mar. 21, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — More than 720 people in Florida have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday as he resisted an official's call to issue a statewide “stay-at-home” order. The bulk of the coronavirus cases have been in Miami-Dade and Broward...

Empty chairs sit on the beach, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla.  Florida's largest county inched closer to economic shutdown as Miami-Dade County's mayor ordered all beaches, parks and “non-essential” commercial and retail businesses closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Mayor Carlos Gimenez's order Thursday allows several businesses to remain open, including health care providers, grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and banks.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida's largest county closes beaches, most businesses

Mar. 19, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's largest county inched closer to economic shutdown Thursday as Miami-Dade County's mayor ordered all beaches, parks and “non-essential” commercial and retail businesses closed because of the new coronavirus pandemic. "We must all act as if we are infected...

Senate president Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, signs conference reports during session at the Capitol on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Aileen Perilla)

In 66 days, Florida goes from optimism to uncertainty

Mar. 19, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature opened its annual session Jan. 14 with fanfare and optimism: Lawmakers' desks were covered with flowers, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the House and Senate leaders delivered messages of hope for the future and there was a buzz of excitement in the air. And there...