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Shot By Shot Recreation of Cruz Rampage Through School Highlights Commission’s First Day

| April 25, 2018

The first meeting of a 16-member commission studying the Parkland school massacre included a chilling recreation of the shot by shot progression of Nikolas Cruz through the school.

The Latest Assault on Food Stamps Holders

| April 24, 2018

The draconian work requirement to receive food stamps could throw 1 million people off the rolls and cause more job losses than job gains.

16-Member Commission Will ‘Investigate System Failures’ in Parkland School Massacre

| April 23, 2018

The commission will review Florida’s policies for dealing with “active assailants” on school campuses, with a comparison to “best practices” policies around the nation.

Family Life Center Takes Over New But Familiar, More Visible Space: ‘We’re Here if You Need Us’

| April 23, 2018

The administrative offices of Flagler County’s shelter for victims of rape and domestic violence moved to where the sheriff’s detective bureau used to be on State Road 100.

Flagler’s New Breastfeeding Support Group Seeks to Encourage Moms to Hang On

| April 20, 2018

The Flagler Health Department and Florida Hospital Flagler are partnering to provide a bi-monthly breastfeeding support group at the hospital.

Florida Moves to Shut Down For-Profit Residence After Finding Horrific Abuse and Neglect

| April 20, 2018

The move follows years of complaints that patients at a center for children with disabilities were violently mistreated by staff and subjected to physical restraints like straitjackets.

Scott Wants To Cut Medicaid Application Window From 90 Days To 30; His Savings Claims Are Challenged

| April 18, 2018

The Scott administration’s cost analyses sometimes have not made sense to Medicaid experts or health and social-service providers in the trenches.

It’s Up to Grown-Ups To Stop Bullying, Not Kids

| April 17, 2018

Speaking of her own experience with bullying, the author holds the adults who watched and did nothing far more responsible than those who perpetrated it.

Florida Hospitals and Halifax Health Named Among 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare

| April 17, 2018

Adventist Health System, which includes the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the top places to work in health care.

88-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Dies of Gunshot, 3rd Elderly Suicide in Seven Weeks in Flagler

| April 13, 2018

Joseph O’Sullivan, 88, of Palm Coast’s P Section, died of a gunshot Wednesday. There have been at least eight suicides in the county since the new year.

Cities and Counties Pushing Back Against State Law Limiting Local Gun Regulations

| April 12, 2018

Local governments are challenging the 2011 “preemption” law, which bans them from imposing gun restrictions tougher than those in state laws.

Judge Says Cancer Patient May Grow His Own Pot Plants, Seeding New Front in Florida Marijuana Wars

| April 12, 2018

The patient is forced to grow his own plants to make liquid treatment because the state hasn’t allowed any marijuana operators to sell whole plants to patients.

Addiction Drug Vivitrol’s Side Effect: More Overdoses?

| April 9, 2018

Researchers suggest people getting Vivitrol shots may be more susceptible to a fatal overdose if they halt the regimen early and resume using opiates.

Attempted Suicide Leads to Baker Act, Then Arrest Over Gun Threat and Violence

| April 2, 2018

A 37-year-old resident of Rolling Sands Drive in Palm Coast faces two felony counts after he resisted an involuntary Baker Act following an attempted suicide.

‘Aggressive’ New Advance Directive Would Let Dementia Patients Refuse Food

| April 2, 2018

Do not resuscitate (DNR) orders are common. Do not feed orders, not so much, but New York may be opening the way to giving patients with dementia that option.

Superintendents Say Money May Not Cover All School Resource Officers Despite $100 Million

| March 27, 2018

Superintendents are asking the state Board of Education for support in shifting money allocated to school marshals to the school resource officer program instead.

Youths’ Bizarre Story of Dead Baby in Hidden Trails Dumpster Yields Placenta, But No Baby

| March 27, 2018

Calling the discovery of a human placenta, but no baby, it a “mystery,” Sheriff Staly is asking the public’s help in determining the whereabouts and welfare of the newborn.

“March For Our Lives” Draws 100 Along Palm Coast Parkway in Orange Echo of Global Student Movement

| March 24, 2018

The Palm Coast demonstrators joined some 800 planned March For Our Lives protests across the globe today, calling for sensible gun control and a ban on assault-type weapons.

Nurses Are Calling #TimesUp on Domestic Abuse, And on Those Who Doubt Victims

| March 23, 2018

Emergency room encounters reveal the work that remains to be done to curb intimate partner violence. Too often, helpers abandon victims if they return to their abuser after attempting to leave.

Nursing Home Industry Successfully Quashes Residents’ Bill of Rights

| March 20, 2018

Florida Constitution Revision Commission member Brecht Heuchan withdrew a proposal that would have guaranteed rights to nursing-home residents and allowed them to sue facilities if those rights were violated.

Scott Signs Bill Targeting Opioid Addiction, Imposing Limits on Prescriptions

| March 19, 2018

The bill is designed, at least in part, to prevent patients from getting addicted to prescription painkillers and then turning to street drugs such as heroin and fentanyl.

Are Drug Addicts Less Valuable Than Students? Florida Says Yes, Wrongly.

| March 18, 2018

Politically there may be a big difference between students’ safety and drug addicts. Ethically, there is none, and financially, addicts are being lethally short-changed.

Broad-Ranging Gun Control Proposal Could End Up on November Ballot as an Amendment

| March 15, 2018

A proposed constitutional amendment would a minimum age of 21 on all firearm purchases, a 3-day waiting period and a comprehensive background check.

Post-Hurricane Initiatives Fall Short of Measures to Prevent Fuel Crises In Next Storms

| March 13, 2018

A strategic fuel-reserve task force and using rail-tank cars to bring fuel into evacuation areas to avoid a repeat of runs on gas stations were among initiatives that failed at this year’s legislative session.

Nobody Knows How Many Kids Get
Caught With Guns in School. Here’s Why.

| March 11, 2018

Lax reporting by schools, lax oversight by state and federal authorities make it nearly impossible to say just how many students get caught taking firearms into public schools each year.

Bunnell Police Find Weapon Used in School Incident, a BB Gun, and Locate 2nd Boy

| March 9, 2018

The gun allegedly brandished during a school-related incident was a BB gun, and the second boy located in relation with the incident may not be facing charges.

NRA Files Challenge Moments After Gov. Scott Signs School-Safety and Gun-Control Bill

| March 9, 2018

The new law raises the permissible age to buy rifles from 18 to 21 and imposes a three-day waiting period for the purchase of rifles and other long guns, among other provisions.

Details Behind 6th Grader at Center of Bunnell School Incident Point To a “Gun,” a Troubled History and Family

| March 8, 2018

The 6th grader at the center of the alleged gun incident by a Bunnell Elementary playground has had a history of suspensions and an unstable home life.

Sheriff and Superintendent Pledge to Double School Deputies as They Outline New Normal
Of Campus Security

| March 8, 2018

School deputies will be increased to 13, with two at each high school and one in every elementary school, while a series of other security measures are implemented in a reflection of post-Parkland massacre norms.

House Edges Closer to Vote on Bill Mixing Guns With School Safety and New Limits

| March 6, 2018

Those younger than 21 would be prohibited from buying rifles, others would have a 3-day waiting period. Coaches and others could be “deputized” as school marshals.

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