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Florida parks ordered closed
SKY News
March 20, 2020 - 8:50 am
Alachua County and the City of Gainesville issued a staay-at-home order, closing non-essential businesses. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is issuing an executive order mandating that anyone arriving on a flight from New York City and the surrounding area submit to self-quarantine for two weeks...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, Andrew Gillum the Democrat candidate for governor speaks at a news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Gillum is named in a police report Friday, March 13, 2020 saying he was “inebriated" and initially unresponsive in a hotel room where authorities found baggies of suspected crystal methamphetamine. Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor who ran for governor in 2018, is not charged with any crime. The Miami Beach police report says that Gillum was allowed to leave the hotel for home after he was checked out medically. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)
SKY News
March 15, 2020 - 9:33 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida candidate for governor Andrew Gillum disclosed Sunday that he is entering a rehabilitation facility, saying he had fallen into a depression and alcohol abuse after losing his bid for the state's highest post. The Democrat's statement came days after Gillum...
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Senate president Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, right, confers with Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, during a session Friday March 13, 2020 in Tallahassee, Fla. The spread of the new coronavirus has stoked worries about Florida's economy.
SKY News
March 15, 2020 - 10:28 am
Legislative negotiators have reached a deal on a state budget heavily influenced by an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus. With uncertainty over how the outbreak could affect the state's economy, lawmakers agreed to add an additional $300 million to the state's reserves -- in case government...
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University of Florida
SKY News
March 12, 2020 - 7:25 am
The Florida State University system took action Wednesday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, ordering all of its campuses to transition to remote instruction and encouraging students who live on campus to return home for at least two weeks. In a message posted on the university system’s blog...
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In a time exposure, a SpaceX Falcon is launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Friday night, March 6, 2020, with a load of supplies for the International Space Station. Cocoa Beach, Fla., is in the foreground. (Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP)
SKY News
March 07, 2020 - 1:46 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX successfully launched another load of station supplies for NASA late Friday night and nailed its 50th rocket landing. The Falcon rocket blasted off with 4,300 pounds (1,950 kilograms) of equipment and experiments for the International Space Station. Just minutes...
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis updates on latest coronavirus efforts on March 2, 2020.
SKY News
March 02, 2020 - 2:57 am
Two cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Florida, according to state officials. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis updated the conditions of the two Florida residents in a press conference Monday. The first patient is a man in his 60s who is hospitalized in Manatee County, the governor...
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SKY News
March 01, 2020 - 10:23 am
Florida lawmakers have just two weeks to complete their business before the 60-day legislative session ends on March 13. With that deadline nipping at their heels, legislators are turning their attention next week to giving Gov. Ron DeSantis a victory in his attempt to require employers to check...
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Gainesville Police
SKY News
February 26, 2020 - 7:41 am
One of the first bills in the 2020 legislative session signed into law will ensure no homeowners association, condominium or community entity can prevent Florida law enforcement officers from parking marked patrol cars where they can legally park any other vehicle. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the...
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Clarence Singleton registers to vote at the Lee County Supervisor of Elections office in Fort Myers, Florida.
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SKY News
February 20, 2020 - 6:15 am
A federal appeals court says Florida cannot bar felons who served their time from registering to vote simply because they have failed to pay all fines and fees stemming from their cases. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a Tallahassee federal judge's...
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Judith Negron is interviewed at her home in Hialeah, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Negron was serving 35 years at a Florida prison for health care fraud, conspiracy and money laundering when she was released Tuesday after President Donald Trump commuted her sentence. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
SKY News
February 19, 2020 - 4:23 pm
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who got clemency from President Donald Trump while serving prison time for a $205 million Medicare fraud scam said Wednesday her case was brought to Trump's attention by a woman who herself got clemency at the urging of reality TV star Kim Kardashian West...
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