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Troopers: Woman on bicycle killed by racing motorcycle

Sep. 27, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman was fatally injured when a racing motorcycle hit her bicycle, officials said. The crash occurred Sunday afternoon near Orlando, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. A Suzuki motorcycle and a white BMW...

DeSantis asks secretary of state to investigate Facebook

Sep. 27, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis asked Florida's secretary of state to investigate Facebook on Monday based on a news article that reported the social media company gives preferential treatment to politicians, celebrities, professional athletes and other prominent...

Satellite maker Terran Orbital building facility in Florida

Sep. 27, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Satellite manufacturer Terran Orbital announced Monday that it will build a $300 million facility on Florida's Space Coast that will bring more than 2,000 jobs to the area. The 660,000 square-foot facility will be able to produce more than 1,000...

Florida's state workers feeling COVID impacts on the job

Sep. 27, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Eighteen months into the pandemic, Florida’s state workers are struggling. COVID-19 outbreaks have closed departments and offices. Three state prisons are closing because of the lack of corrections officers. When their colleagues fall ill,...

Woman shot while driving on Florida Turnpike

Sep. 26, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A woman driving on the Florida Turnpike on Saturday was shot by someone in another vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The 24-year-old woman was in the right lane in Broward County when a vehicle pulled up alongside her. She...

Bonus checks bounce for 50 Florida teachers due to error

Sep. 25, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A banking error has caused dozens of Florida teachers to see their state-issued $1,000 bonus checks bounce, officials said Friday. Disaster relief payments issued to about 50 of the 176,000 educators who received checks were affected by the...

Mayor: Unvaccinated workers to get reprimands, not fired

Sep. 24, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Employees of a Florida county where vaccination for COVID-19 is now required for all workers won't be fired for refusing to get the shots, but will receive written reprimands, the county's mayor said. Some workers in Orange County, particularly...

Man convicted of helping kill son's wife dies in prison

Sep. 23, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has died in prison about two months after receiving a life sentence for helping his son kill the younger man’s estranged wife. Angel Luis Rivera died Wednesday at the Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando, according to Florida...

1st Florida school district gets US cash for virus mask vote

Sep. 23, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district has received cash from President Joe Biden's administration to make up for state pay cuts imposed over a board's vote for a student anti-coronavirus mask mandate. Alachua County school Superintendent Carlee Simon said...

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...