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In this 1987 photo made available by The State Archives of Florida, Wayne Mixson poses in Tallahassee, Fla. Mixson, a former Florida Governor whose three-day term was shortest in state history, died Wednesday, July 8, 2020. He was 98. Mixson took over the top spot on Jan. 3, 1987, when Gov. Bob Graham resigned early to be sworn into the U.S. Senate. Mixson was a two-term lieutenant governor. (The State Archives of Florida via AP)

Wayne Mixson, Florida's governor for 3 days, has died

Jul. 8, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Wayne Mixson, whose three-day term was shortest in state history, died Wednesday. He was 98. Mixson took over the top spot on Jan. 3, 1987, when Gov. Bob Graham resigned early to be sworn into the U.S. Senate. Mixson died at his home in Tallahassee surrounded by...

Racial injustice protests in Florida on Independence Day

Jul. 5, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Protests over racial injustice continued in several Florida cities over the weekend. In Miami, a group of about 100 people gathered downtown Saturday night for a “Say Their Names” tribute. Protesters displayed dozens of photos of victims who have died in violent...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 14, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference in Doral, Fla. A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday, July 1, 2020, disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November's presidential election. In May, a federal judge ruled that Florida law can’t stop disenfranchised felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. DeSantis immediately appealed to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of the ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Florida felons seeking voting rights back face court setback

Jul. 1, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November's presidential election. In May, a federal judge in...

Volunteer Shana Britti, left, unloads boxes of milk as Evans Adonis, right, Director of Membership Sales for the Miami Marlins baseball team, loads the milk into cars at a food and mask distribution site put on by the Miami Marlins baseball organization, Monday, June 29, 2020, outside Marlins Park stadium in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida doctor: Infections will rise for weeks to come

Jun. 30, 2020 9:45 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — As Florida enters the height of summer tourist season, the state's largest cities and counties are closing beaches, mandating masks and halting business reopenings, hoping the measures will slow a steep resurgence of coronavirus cases. Many of the new cases are among younger...

Mental health issues compounded by COVID-19 quarantine

Jun. 28, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — For Northeast Florida residents with substance dependency, rocky relationships, mental health issues and other challenges, COVID-19 added another layer of stress that left unchecked, experts fear, could lead to worse outcomes. For most of his life, Lavarian Ouma has been trapped....

Arriving passengers await their bags in the baggage claim area at LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B baggage claim area, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in New York. New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are asking visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Isolate on arrival: NYC region is latest to try quarantine

Jun. 26, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

Welcome to New York! Now don’t come near us for two weeks. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread of the coronavirus. After being slammed by the outbreak this spring, the states' governors hope they can preserve their...

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY - The new rules and regulations are posted on the barrier surrounding the statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave. in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The area which is a scene of many protests is closed from sunset to sunrise. Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans to remove the Lee statue from the monument, which has become a rallying place for demonstrators in Richmond. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: 12 arrested in protest at Virginia capital

Jun. 23, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — 12 arrested in protest at Virginia state capital. — Michigan mayor resigns after making racial remark. — Minneapolis union president says members scapegoated. — University of Cincinnati to remove Marge Schott’s name from stadium. ___ RICHMOND, Va. —...

Two women wear protective masks as they walk outside a county office building Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Members of the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group voted 5-3 on Monday to implement an executive order that would require the wearing of protective face coverings throughout Hillsborough County. The executive order requires everyone inside a for-profit business that is open to the public to wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained, excluding family members or others residing in your home. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Bars close, cities debate masks as Florida virus cases rise

Jun. 23, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A popular bar where dozens of workers and patrons have contracted the coronavirus became Florida's first to have its liquor license suspended since bars and pubs reopened earlier this month, after a state inspector found patrons weren't socially distancing and following other...

Former Florida State football player wants stadium renamed

Jun. 20, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida State football player has launched a drive to rename the university's stadium, asserting in a petition that the man it is named for, Doak S. Campbell, was a segregationist. Kendrick Scott, who was a linebacker for the school from 1991 to 1994, wants Campbell's name...

Florida governor suggests closing schools during elections

Jun. 18, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved to give elections officials across the state some relief, by closing schools so they can be used as polling places, allowing state employees to staff precincts and providing more time to count absentee ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. But an...