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Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin Sales Pitch Downplayed Risks Of Opioid Addiction

| August 19, 2018

More than 1,500 pending civil lawsuits, filed mostly by state and local governments, allege that deceptive marketing claims helped fuel a national epidemic of opioid addiction and thousands of overdose deaths.

Gwen Graham’s Bid for Governor Tries to Make History But a Legacy Can Be Double-Edged

| August 16, 2018

Gwen Graham, a former one-term member of Congress, could make history this fall by being elected Florida’s first female governor and the first child of a governor to serve in the state’s top job.

22 of Florida’s 67 School Districts Are Using Armed Personnel as “Guardians” to Comply With Law

| August 15, 2018

The guardian program approved by lawmakers has been controversial, with most districts, including Flagler County, rejecting the idea of training school personnel to be armed.

Supreme Court Asked To Block 6 Constitutional Amendments That Combine Multiple Issues

| August 14, 2018

The plaintiffs include a former Supreme Court Justice and take aim at proposed amendments that the Florida Constitution Revision Commission placed on the November ballot.

In Governor’s Race, Democrats Push For Expanded Health Coverage For Floridians

| August 13, 2018

Democratic candidates s are accentuating a split with Republicans in a campaign where health care has become one of the touchstone issues.

From Slinging Possums To Age Discrimination, Florida’s Silly Season Turns Toxic

| August 12, 2018

The weeks leading up to elections are sometimes known as the “silly season,” but on numerous fronts in the Sunshine State, “the nasty season” seems a more fitting label.

Spurred By Latest Dubious Shooting, Calls For Stand Your Ground Repeal Hit Capitol

| August 10, 2018

The July 19 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton, with his three young children nearby at a Circle K in Pinellas County is prompting the latest calls to repeal the 2005 law.

At Parkland Massacre Commission, Lessons of Columbine Compete With Tragic Repetitions

| August 8, 2018

Security enhancements include more active-shooter drills, upgraded cameras with a central monitoring system and single-point entries for visitors.

Court Ruling With Broad Implications Throws Out Limits on Medical Pot Operators

| August 7, 2018

The cap on the number of medical marijuana operators “directly contradicts the amendment,” Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson ruled in an eight-page order.

Bright Futures ‘Medallion’ Scholarships For 46,000 Floridians Increase to Cover 75% of Tuition and Fees

| August 5, 2018

The expansion is part of a record $519 million Bright Futures program legislators approved this year, with the the medallion portion of the scholarships increased to about $190 million.

Democratic or Republican, Florida’s Candidates For Governor Say What Voters Want To Hear on Environment

| August 3, 2018

Candidates’ solutions are mostly general and vary on how to keep up with the state’s growing population and businesses while keeping springs and rivers clean from the Panhandle to the Everglades.

Florida’s Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Is This Weekend: Here’s A Guide (No Electronics)

| August 2, 2018

Florida’s sales tax holiday on school supplies, clothing, shoes and other select accessories is this weekend–starting at a minute after midnight Friday, Aug. 3, through midnight Sunday, Aug. 5.

Judge Throws Dog Racing Ban Off November Ballot, Calling It “Outright Trickeration”

| August 2, 2018

“Contrary to the words presented for consideration by the voters, the amendment would not end dog racing, nor would it eliminate wagering on dog racing,” the judge wrote.

Amazon’s Deceptive Bargain With Local Government Purchasing–at Local Business’ Expense

| August 1, 2018

Amazon’s bid to dominate local government purchasing has gone under the radar. IKt’s appealing on the surface, but could make it harder for agencies to buy from local vendors.

Canadian Firm Poised to Light Up Florida Marijuana Market in $93 Million Deal

| July 31, 2018

A Canadian love-fest for Florida pot companies continues to blossom with a $93 million deal that includes a Ruskin-based grower yet to begin selling marijuana products.

Dog Racing Ban, On November Ballot, Gets a Boost From Doris Day

| July 30, 2018

The Doris Day Animal League made a $1.5 million contribution to the Committee to Protect Dogs, backing Amendment 13, which appears on Florida ballots this fall.

In Restoration of Florida Felons’ Voting Rights, Lawyers Make Novel 1st Amendment Argument

| July 26, 2018

Lawyers for the plaintiffs maintain that Florida’s discretionary process violates the First Amendment, despite a dearth of cases anywhere in the country supporting that argument.

Judge Declares Unconstitutional Attempt By Scott To Forbid Early Voting On College Campuses

| July 24, 2018

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker found that the Florida Department of State’s prohibition against campus early-voting sites “is facially discriminatory on account of age.”

In Straw Poll at Chamber’s Candidate Hobnob, a Mix of Incumbent and Insurgent Successes

| July 23, 2018

Incumbents have clear leads in County Commission races, newcomers John Tipton and Jack Howell posted strong showings in Palm Coast races, and school board races have mixed messages.

Why Should FPL Customers Pay For Its Polluting, Lawbreaking Mistake? Court Will Decide.

| July 23, 2018

FPL wants to bill customers across the state, including Flagler, $206 million in recovery costs for its own polluting mistake at its Turkey Point plant in South Florida.

Flagler Unemployment Rises to 4.3% But Labor Force Keeps Expanding

| July 20, 2018

Some 200 people were added to Flagler’s unemployment rolls but in a sign of continuing health the workforce is expanding and is 1,000 workers larger than a year ago.

No “Overconfidence” In 2018 Election as Florida Takes $19 Million in Security Upgrades

| July 19, 2018

Florida’s top elections official told lawmakers that “time is of the essence” in using the federal money, with the Aug. 28 primary elections just over a month away.

Sunrail Schedule Increases to 20 Round-Trips Ahead of Expansion With 4 More Stations

| July 19, 2018

Sunrail’s expansion adds 17 more miles and four new stations starting July 30, for a total of 39 miles in Orange, Volusia and Osceola counties.

Scott Signs Death Warrant, His 27th, For 1992 Murderer Jose Antonio Jimenez

| July 18, 2018

Jose Antonio Jimenez was convicted in the October 1992 killing of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas, whose neighbors heard her shout, “Oh God! Oh my God!” during the attack.

Flagler County Judge Moore-Stens Finally Gets Help, As Does Civil Bench

| July 18, 2018

Senior judges will pick up civil and county court dockets, a big help for Flagler County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens, whose dockets is among the heaviest in the state.

Three of Florida’s State University Presidents Earned More Than $1 Million Last Year

| July 16, 2018

Three state university presidents in Florida earned more than $1 million in pay and other compensation during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Nat Reed, Adviser to Governors and Presidents Who Left His Imprint on Flagler’s Environment, Dies

| July 12, 2018

Nat Reed, who died at 84, co-founded 1,000 Friends of Florida. His stewardship led to Flagler’s progressive comprehensive plan and greenway and environmental successes.

School Massacre Commission Told Emergency Communications Problems Are Not Restricted To Broward

| July 11, 2018

Emergency calls from Parkland are shepherded by two separate communication centers, depending on whether the caller uses a cell phone or landline.

Florida Regulators Approve Addition of 689 Area Code As Overlay in 407 Zone

| July 10, 2018

As available numbers run out in the 407 zone, 689 will be available as a new area code in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, parts of Lake and Volusia.

Days After Criticism From Sen. Nelson, Governor Declares Emergency Over Algae Outbreak

| July 9, 2018

On Friday and over the weekend Democrats and Bill Nelson accused Scott of “going through the motions” in dealing with the algae blooms.

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