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TALLAHASSEE – Saying the state’s system of standardized testing in public schools is “quite frankly, outdated,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced that lawmakers will consider a proposal during the 2022 legislative session to end the Florida Standards Assessments.

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TALLAHASSEE – As the delta variant of the coronavirus caused Florida to become a hotspot for COVID-19 in late July and August, the state’s nursing homes also felt the brunt.

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The Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) Wildcats hosts defending Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champion Alabama A&M University Bulldogs at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach on Thursday.

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MIAMI — South Beach’s sizzling party scene is about to undergo a massive boost in police presence and tougher crackdowns on raucous crowds and crime, weeks after a tourist eating dinner with his family was fatally shot at a Miami Beach restaurant, authorities say.

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The FBI recently unearthed a deadly secret: Top Ku Klux Klan members work in America’s prisons, holding unlimited power over inmates, including recent revelations in Florida where authorities thwarted a plot to kill a Black prisoner.

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Some districts look to move forward with masks for upcoming school year

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A federal judge has scheduled trials in January for lawsuits challenging an elections law that, among other things, will make it harder for Floridians to vote by mail during next year’s elections.

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said last week that the concealed-weapons licenses of 22 people involved in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol have been suspended.

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TALLAHASSEE – New rules laying out the do’s and don’ts physicians must follow when certifying patients to smoke medical marijuana took effect last week, but it’s not clear that doctors or patients are fully aware of them.

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TALLAHASSEE – As COVID-19 cases increase again in Florida, 42 percent of the state’s nursing-home workers had been fully vaccinated as of last month, a new report by AARP shows. 

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Floridians’ confidence about traveling safely has nearly doubled since the first quarter of the year despite a recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases, according to a survey by the AAA auto club.

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Former Florida A&M University President Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, Sr. was remembered in funeral services at the Al Lawson Center Saturday, July 10 as a mentor, recruiter, leader, visionary, and innovator whose legacy includes the student scholars who have gained unprecedented success i…

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FORT LAUDERDALE — Gov. Ron DeSantis is leaning into the COVID-19 skepticism that’s spread through much of the Republican Party base by selling sets of canned-drink coolers on his campaign website that criticize Dr. Anthony Fauci and ridicule mask wearing.

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Cuba and Haiti stir fresh political pressures for Biden

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FORT LAUDERDALE – Almost everywhere in Florida, there is a clear pattern: A community’s support for former President Donald Trump’s election in 2020 is a stunningly accurate predictor of the likelihood residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus halfway through 2021.

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The AAA Auto Club on Monday reported that Florida's average price of gasoline has remained relatively steady in recent weeks, projecting that elevated” prices at the pump aren’t going away just yet.

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WEST PALM BEACH — Former Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja will ask the Florida Supreme Court to overturn his conviction in the 2015 shooting death of stranded motorist Corey Jones, his attorney said in court papers filed last week.

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FORT LAUDERDALE — Condo owners around Florida face tens of thousands of dollars in unexpected bills to fix deteriorating buildings and avoid the type of catastrophe that struck Champlain Towers South in Surfside.

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FORT LAUDERDALE — The weather was getting worse in southern Florida on Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Elsa began lashing the Florida Keys, complicating the search for survivors in the condo collapse and prompting a hurricane watch for the peninsula's upper Gulf Coast.

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Florida A&M University (FAMU) will host a memorial service for former President Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, Sr. at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10 at the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center, 1800 Wahnish Way. 

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Photos of spouses, kids’ hand-colored drawings and letters stained by tears are among prison inmates’ most-cherished lifelines to the outside world.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The teenager who pulled out her cellphone and began recording when she saw George Floyd being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer was given a special citation by the Pulitzer Prizes on June 11 for her video that helped to launch a global movement to protest rac…

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Florida A&M University (FAMU) is mourning the death of Jim “Mudcat” Grant, who spent 14 seasons as a professional baseball player and was the first Black player in American League history to win 20 games.

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Hand sanitizer meant to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus might be hazardous to people’s health if applied in enclosed spaces or places with poor air circulation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

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FORT LAUDERDALE — Rapper Kodak Black, a convicted felon with a charitable streak, got an honor usually reserved for business leaders, social servants and others who generally don’t raise eyebrows.

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Florida courts are set to resume some jury trials and drop mask and social-distancing requirements, while most court proceedings will continue to take place remotely, under an order issued on June 4 by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady.

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Parents of public-school students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be able to request that children be retained in their current grade levels for the 2021-2022 school year under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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With Congresswoman Val Demings expected to run next year for the U.S. Senate, high-profile Democrats plan to compete for her Orlando area U.S. House seat.

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TALLAHASSEE – Florida emergency-management workers aren’t approaching this year’s hurricane season as anything basic, but they are looking forward to what the new state director calls the ABCs – “Anything But COVID.”

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The Florida Department of Management Services and two companies have reached a settlement in a dispute about who will run three private prisons.

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BY JOE MARIO PEDERSEN ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – A lightning strike blew up part of a Florida highway and sent a chunk of it into the windshield of a moving vehicle. The strike occurred just before 7:30 a.m. on Monday, according to Walton County Fire Rescue. First responders responded to…

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA State Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, on Monday said he will seek to become House minority leader from 2022 to 2024. The House Democratic caucus will choose a successor to co-leaders Bobby DuBose, D Fort Lauderdale, and Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach. DuBose has annou…

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TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Florida leads the country in new Obamacare sign-ups during an ongoing six-month special enrollment period announced by President Joe Biden shortly after he took office. The state saw 264,088 new people enroll in the healthcare.gov marketplace between Feb. 15 and April 30…

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Black Congress members are aiming to help repair and upgrade aging infrastructure. BY FRANCESCA CHAMBERS MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU/TNS WASHINGTON — Ruptured pipes. Broken sidewalks. Campus blackouts. Rep. AlmaAdams, a former professor at a historically Black college, has seen it all. Adams…

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NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA As part of the Biden administration’s efforts to provide free access to COVID-19 shots, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday it will pay administration fees to healthcare providers who vaccinate patients enrolled in health plans that don’t…