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Sunday, August 2, 2020

SunRail suspending service on Monday

Posted By on Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 12:39 PM

The Florida Department of Transportation is suspending SunRail service on Monday for ... checks notes ... Hurricane Isaias! This closure isn't about the coronavirus pandemic, but instead a charming throwback to the recent past, when public transportation shut down for mostly nonlethal weather events. On Saturday, crews began work...

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Florida's safety net hospitals seek 'fair share' of federal money

Posted By on Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 4:54 AM

Congress, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, set aside $13 billion to help safety-net hospitals that treat a majority of poor, elderly and disabled patients. But some of Florida’s largest safety-net hospitals — including Jackson Memorial in Miami — didn’t qualify for the funding included in a federal-stimulus bill...

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Florida utilities expect outages from Hurricane Isaias

Posted By on Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 4:45 AM

The state’s largest energy providers are warning customers to expect power outages as Hurricane Isaias brushes the state this weekend. “We’re preparing for severe weather due to Hurricane Isaias, including new safety measures due to COVID-19,” Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light posted on its website on Friday. “Prepare...

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Friday, July 31, 2020

CDC report details virus spread at youth summer camp

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 11:00 PM

A new report issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that COVID-19 spread through a Georgia overnight summer camp where attendees “vigorously” sang and cheered in June. The camp adhered to “most recommended strategies to prevent transmission,” including requiring campers to show proof of negative...

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Tampa teen and Orlando resident arrested on charges of being behind celebrity Twitter hack and Bitcoin scam

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 4:33 PM

A Tampa teen was arrested Friday morning after being accused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Justice of being behind a massive Twitter hacking spree, taking over the accounts of Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and more. A local 17-year-old, whom we won’t name...

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Florida elections officials urge caution over confusing vote-by-mail applications arriving to Pasco County homes

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 4:11 PM

The Pasco County Supervisor of Elections office is flooded with complaints about pre-filled vote-by-mail applications, many of which feature the names of house pets, children and the deceased. The mailings arrive at people's homes pre-filled, often with the recipient’s full name, date of birth and address already typed onto...

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Hurricane Isaias expected to strengthen to Category 2, hurricane watch issued for Brevard County

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 1:51 PM

Hurricane Isaias is expected to bring tropical storm and hurricane conditions to the east coast of Florida beginning Saturday. Isaias is currently heading over the Bahamas at 16 mph with a maximum sustained wind speed of 75 mph, according to a report from the National Hurricane Center. While the...

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Florida reports yet another record number of coronavirus deaths for a fourth day in a row

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 1:07 PM

The Florida Department of Health reported 257 new COVID-19 deaths in Florida on Friday, marking the fourth consecutive day the state has surpassed its own daily death record. The state’s total amount of lives lost to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic in March now nears 7,000,...

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Florida tops 87,000 jobless claims last week

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 10:47 AM

First-time unemployment claims in Florida fell below 100,000 last week, as the state has recorded more than 3.3 million jobless claims since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated Florida accounted for 87,062 of the 1.43 million claims filed nationally...

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Orange County teachers union seeks to block schools reopening

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 10:39 AM

Contending that the school district has “failed to put the proper safety protocols in place,” the Orange County teachers union on Thursday asked a court to block the reopening of school campuses next month. The Orange County Classroom Teachers Association is seeking an injunction to prevent the planned Aug....

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