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Florida to Share Voter Registration Data with Other States

August 22, 2019 - 6:45am
Wednesday's ERIC announcement

Gov. Ron DeSantis has agreed to allow Florida to join a national electronic center to exchange voter registration data with other states, an effort long-sought by county supervisors of elections.

DeSantis said Wednesday Florida will become the 29th state to participate in the Electronic Voter Registration Information Center, known as "ERIC," a consortium of states known that share voter registration information.

Florida Aquarium Scores 'Breakthrough': We Have Induced Spawning of Atlantic Coral

August 22, 2019 - 6:30am
The Florida Aquarium's pillar coral

For the first time in history, say scientists, endangered Atlantic pillar coral have spawned through lab-induced techniques. The scientific breakthrough occurred this week in a research laboratory at The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation in Apollo Beach as part of Project Coral. Scientists believe the historic breakthrough could ultimately help save corals in the Florida Reef Tract from extinction. 

If You Thought Football Was Done with Activism, the NFL and Miami Dolphins Will Remind You Otherwise

August 22, 2019 - 6:30am
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross

The owner of the Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross, has made it a particular cause of his to work intently on social justice programs. His own organization, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) addresses a number of issues in the community. 

Along with that, Ross began a franchise effort with team players to start a fund for various social programs, with the added work of highlighting various groups and organizations at Dolphin home games.

Rick Scott Praises Israel, Takes Aim at Palestinian Leadership and Maduro Regime

August 22, 2019 - 9:00am
Rick Scott at the Western Wall Wednesday

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., continued his tour of Israel on Wednesday, contrasting that nation with Palestine and taking aim at the Maduro regime in Venezuela. 

Scott and U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., have been visiting Israel this week, meeting with leaders of that nation’s government on the ties between the two countries, talking about economic and military ties. 

San Francisco Airport

Hepatitis A Continues to Worsen in Florida

August 21, 2019 - 6:00am

The number of hepatitis A cases in Florida continues to climb, according to a Florida Department of Health report that showed the state has had 2,266 reported cases this year.

The News Service of Florida has analyzed the Department of Health data posted over the last four weeks. The analysis found that the six counties with the highest number of reported hepatitis A cases between July 23 and August 17 are:

  • Volusia: 34

  • Brevard : 23

  • Manatee: 21

  • Pinellas: 21

  • Pasco: 19

  • Lee: 16

DeSantis Touts High-Quality, Affordable Health Plans for State Retirees

August 21, 2019 - 6:00am

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that new health plan options will be available to more than 30,000 Medicare-eligible retirees participating in the State Group Health Insurance Program starting in 2020. The new choices are Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plans, which combine the benefits of Medicare and prescription drug coverage into a single plan and offer other valuable benefits such as vision, hearing, dental, and wellness benefits.

House Democrats Seek Long-Shot Special Session on Gun Violence

August 21, 2019 - 6:00am

Florida House Democrats say they’ve rounded up more than enough support to require votes from both Republican-dominated chambers of the Legislature to determine if there is any appetite for a special session dealing with gun violence.

But such an effort may be futile, as Republican leaders are likely to quash the effort.

“President Galvano does not support calling a special session,” Senate President Bill Galvano’s spokeswoman Katie Betta said in an email, when asked about the Democrats' move on Tuesday.


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