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Hillsborough County worker handed unemployment application
AP
SKY News
June 20, 2020 - 8:44 am
Florida's unemployment rate hit a record 14.5% in May because of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus outbreak, but there are signs the job market is improving as businesses reopen and rehire employees, federal statistics released Friday show. Florida's unemployment rate jumped slightly...
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Matt Malone
June 19, 2020 - 10:52 am
According to a recent Disney blog update addressing their seasonal events, Walt Disney World announced the cancellation of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for this year.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis
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SKY News
June 17, 2020 - 7:38 am
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has no intention of reclosing Florida’s economy as the state’s daily reported coronavirus cases rose sharply to a record level. DeSantis said Tuesday that many of the newly detected are young and healthy and unlikely to suffer serious illness or death. DeSantis said much...
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Hundreds of boats idle through downtown on the St. Johns River during a rally Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla., celebrating President Donald Trump's birthday
AP
SKY News
June 15, 2020 - 7:31 am
Trump supporters in Florida were celebrating the president’s birthday Sunday with caravans, flotillas and parades throughout his adopted homestate. In Palm Beach County, home of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, separate caravans of trucks, motorcycles and boats were riding along highways...
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Matt Malone
June 12, 2020 - 2:55 pm
Numerous organizations including the City of Orlando have spoken out in remembrance of the 49 killed at Pulse Nightclub on the shooting’s 4th anniversary.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
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SKY News
June 12, 2020 - 7:22 am
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to improve the reading skills of the state's youngest students who have fallen further behind because of the coronavirus outbreak. DeSantis on Thursday announced a $64 million plan that will include month-long summer programs for kindergarten to fifth grade students...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2016, file photo, confetti and balloons fall during celebrations after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's acceptance speech on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. President Donald Trump demanded Monday, May 25, 2020, that North Carolina's Democratic governor sign off “immediately” on allowing the Republican National Convention to move forward in August with full attendance despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Trump's tweets Monday about the RNC, planned for Charlotte, come just two days after the North Carolina recorded its largest daily increase in positive cases yet. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
SKY News
June 10, 2020 - 9:01 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville, Florida, is the front-runner to host the GOP celebration marking President Donald Trump’s acceptance of his party’s nomination to run for reelection, the Republican National Committee chairwoman said Wednesday. Ronna McDaniel said reports of a final decision...
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Reche Caldwell #17 of the Florida Gators carries the ball during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville on Oct. 28, 2000.
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SKY News
June 07, 2020 - 11:00 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida and NFL receiver Reche Caldwell was fatally shot Saturday night in his hometown. Caldwell’s mother, Deborah, did not return phone messages left by The Associated Press on Sunday, but confirmed her son’s death to the Tampa Bay Times. She said police told her they...
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In this image made from aerial video taken on June 4, 2020, firefighters spray a cargo ship with water, in Jacksonville, Florida. Authorities say nine firefighters responding to a fire aboard a ship in Florida have been hospitalized after the ship exploded. The ship, a Norwegian vessel called Hoegh Xiamen was carrying old and used cars and had been scheduled to leave Jacksonville, First Coast News reported. (WJXT via AP)
SKY News
June 05, 2020 - 8:53 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Nine firefighters responding to a fire aboard a ship in Florida have been hospitalized after the ship exploded, injuring eight and sending one to a hospital for heat exhaustion, authorities said. The explosion occurred nearly three hours after firefighters first responded...
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Protesters hold signs during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police office on May 25.
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SKY News
June 03, 2020 - 8:17 am
Mostly peaceful protests across Florida took a turn in the Tampa Bay area when police used for to disperse late night crowds. Police in St. Petersburg and Tampa made dozens of arrests and detained two Tampa Bay Times reporters who were covering the events. The crowds had gathered late Tuesday...
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