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States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge

Jul. 24, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities. ...

Man on Florida interstate hit by multiple vehicles, dies

Jul. 24, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A man in a travel lane of Interstate 95 in Florida died Saturday after being struck by multiple vehicles, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The man was first struck by a southbound car in Volusia County just before 6 a.m.. The vehicle didn't...

Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations jump significantly again

Jul. 23, 2021 18:01 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases again jumped significantly this week as the vaccination rate in rural counties where some of the worst outbreaks are occurring remains well below the state and national averages. About 5,300...

Red tide uptick spurs respiratory warning at Florida beaches

Jul. 23, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — People may experience respiratory problems because of a persistent bloom of toxic red tide off Florida's Gulf Coast, the National Weather Service said Friday. The service issued a “beach hazards statement” affecting the oceanfront and...

Troopers: Car hits, kills 10-year-old girl on bicycle

Jul. 22, 2021 07:55 AM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A 10-year-old girl was hit by a car as she was riding her bicycle across a Florida highway with several other children on Wednesday night, officials said. The crash happened about 9:15 p.m. as the children crossed U.S. 192 near Kissimmee, the...

Florida attorney general Moody tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 22, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's attorney general, Ashley Moody, tweeted Wednesday that she has tested positive for COVID-19. “Thankfully, I am only experiencing mild symptoms and my family is in good health,” Moody tweeted. “As I continue to self-quarantine, I...

Florida gov rebuffs call for red tide emergency declaration

Jul. 21, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rebuffed calls for an emergency declaration to address a red tide outbreak in Tampa Bay that's killed hundreds of tons of fish and other marine life, saying Wednesday it would do more harm than good. DeSantis...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 21, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 16, 2021. Editorial: The Legislature abused Floridians’ approval of medical marijuana. Now, the courts are too Whether medical marijuana is wise or necessary is not for Florida’s courts to say. The people of our...

Kraken attorney's fundraising group gets Florida's approval

Jul. 21, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A group run by one of former President Donald Trump’s most prominent election conspiracy adherents, reacting to accusations it was illegally seeking donations in Florida, has registered with the state and says it will raise $7 million, documents released...

Officials urge vaccines as coronavirus infections spike

Jul. 20, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Officials in Florida's most populous county are encouraging residents to get vaccinated against coronavirus as infection rates once again spike in the state. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and other government, public safety and health...