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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…

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BY DEWAYNE BEVIL ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – SeaWorld Orlando has a free-ticket offer going for U.S. military members, veterans and their families through June 27. The single-day tickets must be secured through the Waves of Honor program by May 16. The offer also applies at Busch Gardens …

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Partnership with Dolphins, Lennar Foundation will help students SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER MIAMI GARDENS – On April 27, Florida Memorial University (FMU) hosted a book signing event with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), in partnership with the Miami Dolphins and Lennar Fo…

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BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF Joseph Hatchett, the first Black justice on the Florida Supreme Court, died April 30 at age 88. Appointed by Gov. Reubin Askew in 1975, he served until 1979 when President Jimmy Carter named him as a federal appeals court judge. In 1999, he left the 11th U.S. Cir…

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BY JIM SAUNDERS NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Joseph Hatchett, whose groundbreaking career included becoming the first Black justice on the Florida Supreme Court, died Friday, April 30, at age 88, the Supreme Court announced on May 1. Hatchett was appointed to the Supreme Court by Go…

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BY DAVID LYONS SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL/TNS People desperately shopping for homes in South Florida may finally have some luck. Evidence is emerging that sellers, who have hibernated for months, are ready to list their houses. Over the next six months, enough of them are expected to add to …

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NOTE: This story has been updated from a commentary that appears in the May 1, 2021 issue of the Florida Courier.  DAYTONA BEACH – Despite the presence of the global pandemic, the year 2021 started out as a good year for those of us who live figuratively and literally in the shadow of Bethun…

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Orlando rally focuses on victims killed by cops The Movement Coalition, a group created last year, brought together families from Central Florida to share stories about their loved ones killed by police officers. The April 24 “Don’t Forget Us’’ rally was held outside of Orlando City Hall. On…

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To keep his gubernatorial and presidential ambitions on track, former federal prosecutor and current Gov. Ron DeSantis stretches Florida’s secret grand jury system to its maximum point with a singular focus: to send one man, Robert Runcie, ‘back home to Chicago,’ according to Runcie’s defend…

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BY BIANCA PADRO OCASIO MIAMI HERALD/TND MIAMI — South Florida Republicans announced Monday they’re introducing a bill in Congress that would jump-start a federal program that helps reunite Cuban families by resuming consular services on the island from Guantánamo Bay amid a growing backlog o…

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BY RON HURTIBISE SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL/TNS Should Floridians care if their state legislature repeals the no-fault auto insurance law that’s been in effect since 1972 and replaces it with one requiring bodily injury coverage? That depends on how much auto insurance coverage — if any — th…

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Black Floridians statewide were shocked when Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie, leader of America’s sixth largest school district, was arrested on April 22 on a single felony criminal charge that smacks of revenge and politics. BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF FORT LAUDER…

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Hiram C. Powell, Ph.D., has been named Interim President of Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) after a vote by the university’s Board of Trustees on Thursday.   Powell, who graduated in 1976 from B-CU with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, currently serves as Dean of Performing Arts and…

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BY BRENDAN FARRINGTON ASSOCIATED PRESS TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s top Republicans cited events in cities around the country — but not the Jan. 6 riots in Washington — as Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests. The so-cal…

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER CARY, N.C. – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, has awarded a $200,000 grant to Vincent Luca, Ph.D., for immunotherapy research at Moffitt Cancer Center. The V Foundation has funded 29 grants to Moffitt investigators, tot…

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BY JIM SAUNDERS NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – With a $5.14 million haul in March, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political committee raised more than $9 million in the first three months of 2021 as he prepares to run for re-election. DeSantis will not appear on the ballot until next year, but ne…

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BY BOBBY CAINA CALVAN ASSOCIATED PRESS TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers moved closer to requiring transgender athletes to undergo testosterone or genetic testing — as well as submit to having their genitalia examined — to participate on sports teams in public schools and colleges. The proposa…

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ASSOCIATED PRESS DAVENPORT — A Florida couple accused of COVID-19 relief fraud filed dozens of false loan applications that totaled nearly $6 million, prosecutors said. Julio Lugo, 44, and Rosenide Venant, 37, used some of the $5.8 million to pay off a luxury vehicle, and spent over $62,000 …

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BY JIM TURNER NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate on Wednesday backed starting to pay for critical repairs of a reservoir at a troubled former phosphate plant in Manatee County and bumped up proposed spending on affordable housing. The Senate made the decisions as it app…

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III will deliver the keynote address at the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Spring 2021 Commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The in-person ceremony will feature students from the College of Social Scien…

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BY DARA KAM NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate is easing back on a plan to shutter and demolish four state prisons, agreeing Wednesday to a proposal that would close a single, 1,500- bed correctional institution by Dec. 31. The prison consolidation and closure plan is i…

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Congressman Alcee Hastings, who died on April 6 after battling cancer, is hailed as a civil rights icon who lived with an indelible fighting spirit dedicated to equal justice. BY DAPHNE TAYLOR FLORIDA COURIER Congressman Alcee Hastings wrote the foreword for Elvin Dowling’s Pulitzer-nominate…

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BY ANTHONY MAN SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL/TNS Congressman Alcee Hastings, whose life was marked by perseverance, calamity and a comeback, has died. He was 84. Hastings crusaded against racial injustice as a civil rights lawyer, became a federal judge who was impeached and removed from office…

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SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III will deliver the keynote address at the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Spring 2021 Commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24.   The in-person ceremony will feature students from the College of Soc…

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A former ‘American Idol’ contestant from Florida shares how the symptoms continue to linger long after he was cleared of the virus. BY STEPHANIE CLAYTOR FLORIDA COURIER Jeremy Rosado, 28, of Brandon is best known for being a finalist on the 11th season of “American Idol’’ in 2012. He’s one o…

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BY BRENDAN FARRINGTON ASSOCIATED PRESS TALLAHASSEE — A Florida rape victim whose sexual assault test kit went untested for more than 30 years told her powerful story before a House committee unanimously approved a bill Monday that would require a tracking system for the kits. Gail Gardner wa…

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Rowdy crowds, arrests in South Beach has city rethinking season BY KELLI KENNEDY AND CODY JACKSON ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI BEACH — Florida’s famed South Beach is desperately seeking a new image. With more than 1,000 arrests and nearly 100 gun seizures already during this year’s spring break se…

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BY BRENDAN FARRINGTON ASSOCIATED PRESS State Sen. Randolph Bracy released a campaign-style video Tuesday strongly hinting that he’ll consider seeking the Democratic nomination to face Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis next year. In the video, Bracy discusses problems facing the state because of t…

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Adults under 50 spur COVID-19 rise in tourism hubs BY BEN CONARCK MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI – Florida’s pandemic month of March has been defined by the dueling dynamics of a mass vaccination effort focused on older people and a tourism surge to the metro areas of Miami, Tampa and Orlando, among…

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Leadership searches by Bethune-Cookman University’s Board of Trustees revealed questions about applicants that a simple Google search would have answered. Will that trend continue? BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF Note: This story is updated from the same story that appeared in print.  DAYTONA B…

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BY KELLI KENNEDY AND CODY JACKSON ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI BEACH— Florida’s famed South Beach is desperately seeking a new image. With more than 1,000 arrests and nearly 100 gun seizures already during this year’s spring break season, officials are thinking it may finally be time to cleanse th…

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BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF The City of Miami Gardens has announced Jazz in the Gardens (JITG), its popular two-day jazz and R&B music festival, will return in March 2022 to the world-class Hard Rock Stadium to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The exact dates of Jazz in the Gardens in 2022 h…

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BY ALEXIA MCKAY FLORIDA COURIER It’s so hard to say goodbye – as Boyz 2 Men would put it – to one of Florida’s most beloved journalists. Tampa anchor Rod Carter has bid farewell to the Tampa Bay area and will be starting a new chapter in North Carolina. Carter, who worked at WFLA News […]

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BY KIRBY WILSON AND ANA CEBALLOS TAMPA BAY TIMES/TNS TALLAHASSEE — The latest front in the culture wars has made its way to the Florida Legislature. Republican lawmakers have proposed a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing in school-sponsored girls’ sports, arguing that th…

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Elections changes proposed in state cause uproar BY DARA KAM NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Four months ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis bragged that other states should emulate voting procedures in Florida, where former President Donald Trump’s solid Election Day victory over President Joe Bid…

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It’s time to remove Bethune-Cookman University’s incompetent Board of Trustees, beginning with Chairman Belvin Perry, once and for all time – and by any means necessary. For the past two weeks, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) alum and supporters have been proudly putting together a public …

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celebrate Women’s History Month with a little inspiration BY ALEX KLINE/MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE As March is now upon us, we celebrate Women’s History Month and commemorate the amazing ladies who took women from having no legal existence to being political leaders. The field is as vast as it is div…

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BY RONG-GONG LIN II AND SOUMYA KARLAMANGLA LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS A year into the pandemic, California and Florida have become common points of contrast as Americans grapple with the horrific human and economic tolls of trying to control COVID-19. Though the states took wildly different appro…