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Trying To Make Up For Mistakes, Florida Health Officials Seek To Speed Up Medical Pot Licensing

| September 22, 2017

The Florida Health Department had until Oct. 3 to issue 10 medical pot licenses to producers, a deadline it will almost certainly miss even as it scrambles to ease the application process.

Irma Insurance Claims Nearing $2 Billion, Exceed Matthew and Hermine Combined

| September 21, 2017

Calculated through Sunday afternoon, Irma’s losses easily exceeded the 119,000 claims and $1.2 billion in losses for Matthew and the 19,700 claims and $139 million in losses from Hermine.

Irma’s Death Toll in Florida at 34 and Rising

| September 18, 2017

Irma is credited with five deaths by drowning and four deaths involving carbon monoxide, including the carbon-monoxide deaths of a mother and two teenage children in Orange County.

Nursing Home Where Eight Died Wasn’t On FPL’s Priority List For Power Restoration

| September 18, 2017

FPL placed nursing homes in a second tier of infrastructure — behind “critical” but ahead of residential homes. Local officials gave the Hollywood Hills home that designation using FPL guidance.

You Cannot Be Serious: Hurricane Maria Sniffs Around Irma’s Wake

| September 17, 2017

Hurricane Maria is expected to become a major hurricane, with a global forecast seeing it veer away from Florida, but the more accurate European forecast seeing it come closer to the coast.

Uninsured Rate Falls To Record Low Of 8.8%, But Florida’s Rate Still 5th Highest in U.S.

| September 17, 2017

Florida’s rate of uninsured would have been lower had Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature not prevented the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid.

FPL Lies

| September 15, 2017

FPL’s response to Hurricane Irma in Flagler has been disgraceful and secretive, both at the expense of local emergency responses and at the expense of residents.

Flagler Schools Closed Through Monday; Flooding Complicating Homecoming Across Florida

| September 13, 2017

As evacuees continued to struggle either to make it home or to contend with power cuts, Flagler Schools decided to remain closed until Monday for more clean-up.

Damages: 50,250 Lose Power, Flagler Beach, Beverly Beach Heavily Flooded, Less So in Palm Coast, No Systematic Devastation; Curfew Extended On Island, Schools Closed Wednesday

| September 11, 2017

While Flagler and Palm Coast made it through Hurricane Irma without devastation, there was heavy flooding in homes in South Flagler Beach and the west end of the county.

Conditions Deteriorating Across Flagler: Waters Rise, 22,400 Out of Power, Irma Spins Further East

| September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma’s tropical-storm forces have already drenched Flagler well ahead of peak activity and now are slowing enough to cause worries that the damage will be more severe than anticipated.

FPL Projects 4.1 Million Could Lose Power in Coming Days; Time Runs Out To Flee Irma

| September 9, 2017

FPL has pre-positioned more than 13,500 recovery workers from its staff and other states at 20 staging areas, including a new bunker-like facility in Palm Coast.

What To Expect in Flagler In Next 48 Hours on Shelters, Evacuations, Storm Effects and Hunkering Down

| September 8, 2017

As Hurricane Irma approaches, a complete run-down of what you should expect from emergency responders and what you should do in the next 48 hours.

Trump’s Decision To End Dreamers’ Amnesty Creates Dilemma For Florida GOP

| September 5, 2017

Florida is home to at least 30,000 people who could be affected and is the base for exponentially more Hispanic voters who could be critical to next year’s elections.

Behind Solar Shades Soon in Palm Coast, A “Voluntary” FPL Program of Limited Benefit But Ample Marketing

| September 1, 2017

FPL’s SolarNow program bills willing customers $9 a month then uses the money to build solar-power installations like those coming to Holland Park, City Hall and the Community Center.

Supreme Court Backs Scott, 5-2, In Death Penalty Battle With State Attorney Ayala

| August 31, 2017

Scott removed Ayala from handling capital cases earlier this year, shortly after she announced her office would not pursue the death penalty for defendants.

Development and Disasters: A Deadly Combination Well Beyond Houston

| August 31, 2017

Scientists warn of more and expanding “bull’s-eyes” as Americans build in parts of the country at ever greater risk because of climate change and severe weather.

Michael Thomas, 2nd in Command at FHP, Resigns Over Ticket-Quota Inquiry

| August 30, 2017

It is the latest fallout from an ongoing investigation into whether troopers were told to meet a traffic-ticket quota, Lt. Col. Michael Thomas was a 30-year veteran and deputy director for the FHP.

Florida Lawmakers to Review Law Targeting Injured Undocumented Workers

| August 27, 2017

A top Florida lawmaker and a national insurance fraud group criticized a law used by insurers to turn in injured undocumented workers and avoid paying workers’ comp benefits.

Renner and Hutson Call For State Audit of Free-Spending Flagler Mosquito Control District

| August 25, 2017

It is the first indication that the tax-supported district, which has itself so far refused to conduct an audit in the wake of the crisis, will be examined independently.

Florida Supreme Court Admits to Mistake But Clears Record 24th Execution on Scott’s Watch

| August 22, 2017

Lawyers for Mark James Asay, convicted of killing Robert Booker and Robert McDowell in 1987, asked for a new hearing after the Florida Supreme Court issued a rare mea culpa for mistaking one of the victims as black.

Proposal To Replace Statue of Confederate Gen. Smith With One of Mary McLeod Bethune

| August 21, 2017

State Sen. Perry Thurston proposed a resolution to have Bethune replace Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as one of Florida’s two representatives in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

Flagler Unemployment Steady at 4.8%, Florida Adds 32,000 Jobs As Labor Force Grows

| August 18, 2017

Compared to June, Flagler’s labor force didn’t budge, nor did the number of people with jobs, nor did the number of unemployed persons.

Embroiled In Supremacist Controversy, Trump Reaches For Scott As Lunch Buddy

| August 17, 2017

Scott had lunch with Trump at a New Jersey golf resort, as the president continued to draw criticism for comments about a white nationalist rally.

Misconduct Charges Mount Against Flagler Judge Scott DuPont, Now Pointing To Courtroom Violations

| August 17, 2017

Seven new charges against Circuit Judge Scott DuPont bring the total to 12 and now point to disturbing allegations of violations against people appearing in court and lawyers.

“I Didn’t Serve To Defend Neo-Nazis,” Gov. Scott Says, Distancing Himself From Trump

| August 16, 2017

Pam Bondi, meanwhile, endorsed UF President Kent Fuchs’s denial of a request to allow white nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on campus next month.

UF Prepares For White Supremacist Richard Spencer, a Rally Participant in Charlottesville

| August 15, 2017

National Policy Institute President Richard Spencer, who made an appearance at the Charlottesville event, could speak at the University of Florida next month. Authorities are taking measures.

Gov. Scott Seeks Amendment To Require Supermajority When Lawmakers Raise Taxes

| August 14, 2017

Gov. Scott didn’t define the meaning of “supermajority” but 15 states, liberal and conservative, already have the requirement of from 60 to 75 percent supermajorities when lawmakers raise taxes.

Not This Time: Supreme Court Rejects Re-Sentencing For Murderer of 13-Year-Old Girl

| August 11, 2017

Hitchcock was sent to Death Row after a 10-2 jury recommendation. Attorneys argued that the new unanimity standard should retroactively apply to his case and lead to a new sentencing hearing.

Clash Continues Ahead of Aug. 24 Execution Over Lethal Injection Drug Never Before Used

| August 9, 2017

Asay’s execution would be the first carried out in Florida since a January 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found Florida’s death penalty sentencing system was unconstitutional.

Alarming Federal Report On Global Warming Elicits Fears Trump Will Suppress It

| August 8, 2017

The report all but erases doubt that climate change is the result of human activity and that warming will worsen, but it’s awaiting President Trump’s approval and that of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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