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Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 20, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. October 15, 2021. Editorial: Voters should pick Democrat Sharief in U.S. 20 primary to succeed Hastings Democratic Primary: Barbara Sharief The voters in Florida’s 20th congressional district can take solace in...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 13, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. October 13, 2021. Editorial: The Tampa Bay Rays loss hurts. Losing the Rays would hurt a lot more The Rays are looking for a new stadium. Will the Tampa Bay area deliver? That hurt. Losing a playoff series always...

The Latest: Biden vaccine order moves closer to enforcement

Oct. 12, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The Biden’s administration’s mandate that employers with 100 or more workers require coronavirus vaccinations or institute weekly virus testing has moved one step closer to enforcement. On Tuesday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

Florida fines key county $3.5 million for mandating vaccines

Oct. 12, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has issued its first fine to a county it says violated a new state law banning coronavirus vaccine mandates and for firing 14 workers who failed to get the shots. The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday issued the $3.5 million fine...

Florida makes quarantine optional for exposed students

Sep. 22, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after assuming his job, Florida's newly appointed surgeon general on Wednesday signed new protocols allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they are asymptomatic after being exposed to someone who has tested...

Florida surpasses 50K COVID deaths after battling delta wave

Sep. 16, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials reported Thursday, with more than one fourth of those succumbing this summer as the state battled a fierce surge in infections fueled by the delta variant. The U.S....

Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates

Sep. 15, 2021 22:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge declined Wednesday to block a ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 08, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. September 2, 2021. Editorial: Florida should brace for a Texas-style attack on women’s reproductive rights ‘The misogyny rippling through this law is staggering.’ At midnight Sept. 1, the constitutional...

Data shows Florida's latest COVID surge the deadliest yet

Sep. 02, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida is reporting its deadliest peak in daily death rates since the start of the pandemic, surpassing previous coronavirus surges in the state, according to federal data published Thursday. Data provided by the state to the U.S. Centers for Disease...

Officials withhold school board salaries over mask mandates

Aug. 30, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida state education officials on Monday began to make good on threats to withhold funding from local school districts that defied Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on mask mandates, despite a circuit judge last week ruling the ban unconstitutional. ...