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Firm Florida is investigating receives new state contract

Aug. 5, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida state agency announced it will award a large contract to the same company that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has repeatedly criticized for bungling the state's unemployment system. The Agency for Health Care Administration announced Monday that Deloitte won the bid for a...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 5, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Aug. 5 The Palm Beach post on the pandemic: This week has opened to some unexpected good news. Tropical Storm Isaias, which looked like a hurricane aimed at Palm Beach County, turned out to be a big nothing. And the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued three...

Central Florida teacher is state's new Teacher of the Year

Aug. 5, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A teacher from central Florida is the state’s new Teacher of the Year. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran named Krista Stanley as the 2021 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year on Tuesday. Stanley is a sixth grade teacher at...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, speaks during a news conference along with Dr. Joshua Lenchus, right rear, chief medical officer of Broward Health Medical Center, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at the Broward Health Corporate Office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The number of patients in Florida hospitals for COVID-19 was relatively stable, at just below 8,000 and down from highs above 9,500 nearly two weeks ago.

Florida's top Democrat unveils ads aimed at mask wearing

Aug. 3, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's agriculture commissioner unveiled a public awareness campaign Monday urging Floridians to keep their distance and wear masks to lower the risk of coronavirus infections. It's the latest pressure tactic aimed at Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' resistance to ordering a...

Celyta Jackson, owner of the Cat Cafe South Beach, looks out from her business during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. The cafe offers a place for cat lovers to spend time with cats, which are also available for adoption. Jackson will be closing her business at the end of the week as the tourism sector in Miami-Dade County is suffering due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida hits 216 virus deaths; governor wants schools open

Jul. 29, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday continued his push to reopen schools amid pushback from the state's teachers union, as health officials reported a new record of COVID-19 deaths reported in one day. The state's death toll from the coronavirus now stands at more than 6,330...

A member of a television crew stands dressed as Hindu god Shiva as Nepalese Hindu devotees wearing masks sit after offering prayers from outside the closed gate of Pashupatinath temple during the holy month of Shrawan in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, July 20, 2020. The temple has been remaining closed for almost four months as part of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/NIranjan Shrestha)

The Latest: Nepal ends 120 days of coronavirus lockdown

Jul. 21, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s government has ended a lockdown 120 days after it was imposed to control the spread of coronavirus. Information Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada said the number of cases was declining in Nepal. Government and private offices would be fully functional from Wednesday and all...

Oscar Amuz, with Volunteers in Action, loads groceries into cars during a food distribution event, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

DeSantis believes Florida will soon contain virus outbreak

Jul. 21, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed confidence Tuesday that Florida will soon contain its coronavirus outbreak and that hospitals can handle the current influx of patients, putting forward a positive case even as the state's average daily death toll is now the nation's worst. DeSantis told...

Virginia unemployment agency getting outside PR help

Jul. 20, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state agency that has faced criticism for its handling of an unprecedented flood of claims for unemployment benefits has hired a well-connected lobbying and communications firm to help with public relations, according to a purchase order. The Virginia Employment Commission...

US High Court deals setback to Florida felon voting rights

Jul. 16, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A divided U.S Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an appellate court's decision to temporarily block hundreds of thousands of Florida felons from voting, making it unlikely that they will be allowed to cast a ballot in the state’s primary next month — and possibly in...

Florida urges US Supreme Court to keep stay on felon voting

Jul. 14, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a bid by voting rights advocates to lift a stay on a lower court's ruling that allowed Florida felons to regain the right to vote, regardless of unpaid fines and other financial obligations. Earlier this month, the...