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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...

New Florida bill replicates Texas' sweeping abortion ban

Sep. 22, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An abortion bill similar to one signed into law in Texas was filed in Florida on Wednesday that would ban most abortions in the state and would allow lawsuits against doctors who violate it. The legislation filed by Republican Rep. Webster...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 22, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. September XX, 2021. Editorial: The time is now: $5B of the $3.5T budget bill must go to completing Everglades restoration Everglades restoration has been one of Florida’s longest-running bipartisan issues. Getting the...

Federal judge: Florida immigration law racially motivated

Sep. 22, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down portions of a Florida immigration enforcement law that was a priority of the state's Republican governor, saying in her ruling that the measure was racially motivated. U.S. Judge Beth Bloom on Tuesday rejected...

Florida firefighter hit by truck while responding to crash

Sep. 22, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — A Florida firefighter was in critical condition after being was struck by a pickup truck while responding to a crash early Wednesday morning, officials said. Palm Harbor Fire Rescue crews were called to the scene of a traffic crash just before...