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Jacksonville Fire Dept.
August 19, 2019 - 4:51 am
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two firefighters from Florida and Virginia have gone missing on a fishing trip off Port Canaveral, prompting 50 fellow firefighters to help with a wide search. The Coast Guard and other agencies are looking for Brian McCluney and Justin Walker who were boating toward a...
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August 19, 2019 - 4:43 am
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill. Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a small infestation on Florida's Gulf Coast...
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Dreamstime
August 16, 2019 - 1:57 pm
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in July. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Friday the rate moving from 3.4 percent in June to 3.3 percent. DeSantis said more than 28,000 jobs were created across Florida in July, and more than 218,000 added in the past year. The state remains...
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August 14, 2019 - 4:44 am
CRYSTAL RIVER (AP) — Environmental officials say heavy metals from coal ash have seeped into groundwater at a Duke Energy complex along Florida's Nature Coast. A report by a consulting firm shows that arsenic, lithium and other contaminants were found in samples of wells surrounding the coal plants...
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August 11, 2019 - 8:59 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican governor on Friday asked the state's high court to rule on whether convicted felons must pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights restored in a move that competes with ongoing litigation in federal court on that same question. Gov. Ron...
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August 07, 2019 - 11:44 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Standing in front of a hissing, squirming 12-foot-long python Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he's doubling resources to remove the invasive species that's destroying the natural food chain in Florida's delicate Everglades. The state has been paying select hunters to...
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August 07, 2019 - 7:45 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A suspended city commissioner who once ran the Florida Democratic Party pleaded guilty to corruption charges on Tuesday, admitting he accepted money from Uber and undercover FBI agents in exchange for his influence. Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox and his longtime...
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August 05, 2019 - 6:53 am
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Officials in the southwest Florida city of Naples say they lost $700,000 in a recent cyberattack. The Naples Daily News reports that the attack was a "spear phishing" effort targeting a specific person or department and that appeared to be from a trusted source. Authorities say...
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July 30, 2019 - 4:53 am
ORLANDO (ABC News) -- Health officials in Central Florida are warning of an increase in cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, a rare mosquito-borne virus that can cause inflammation in the brain and can be deadly. Several sentinel chickens in the same flock have tested positive for Eastern equine...
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July 28, 2019 - 8:46 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — State demographers estimate Florida's population will surpass 22 million residents as soon as 2022. Forecasts released earlier this month by the Demographic Estimating Conference estimate that Florida will grow an average of 330,000 people a year over the next five years. With...
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