State Says First-Quarter Tourism Set Record

State Says First-Quarter Tourism Set Record

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Florida announced record tourism numbers for the first quarter of 2024, as totals for international visitors continue to move closer to pre-pandemic levels. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said Thursday an estimated 40.6 million people traveled to Florida during the first three months of the year, a 1.2 […]

Ads Launched for Pot Amendment

Ads Launched for Pot Amendment

By The News Service of Florida Mothers, law-enforcement officers and veterans are among people included in a new $5 million statewide ad campaign aimed at boosting support for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow recreational use of marijuana in Florida, supporters of the measure announced Tuesday. Four ads will run on broadcast, cable, streaming, […]

FHSAA Considers Compensation for Student Athletes

FHSAA Considers Compensation for Student Athletes

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida The governing body that oversees high-school athletics in Florida could soon approve a proposal that would lead to high-school athletes getting paid through business agreements such as endorsement deals. The Florida High School Athletic Association held a discussion Tuesday about a potential change to the organization’s bylaws […]

Florida Jobless Claims Dip

Florida Jobless Claims Dip

By The News Service of Florida Florida last week saw a drop in first-time unemployment claims, though company notices filed with the state show some workers face layoffs. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released a report that estimated 5,680 unemployment applications were filed in Florida during the week that ended May 4, down […]

State, Feds Tangle Over Immigration Case

State, Feds Tangle Over Immigration Case

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida and the federal government squared off this week in an appeals court about whether the state could legally challenge Biden administration policies that led to undocumented immigrants being released from detention. Lawyers for the two sides filed briefs late Monday at the 11th U.S. […]

Graduation Events Draw Security, Advisories

Graduation Events Draw Security, Advisories

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Some Florida state universities have ramped up security and issued advisories for graduation ceremonies, amid an already heightened police presence on campuses because of a wave of student protests. Pro-Palestinian demonstrations stemming from the war between Israel and Hamas have led to the arrests of […]

Tallahassee State Senator Corey Simon Releases Statement on Potential Oil Drilling in Apalachicola Bay

Tallahassee State Senator Corey Simon Releases Statement on Potential Oil Drilling in Apalachicola Bay

On April 30th, Senator Corey Simon (R-Tallahassee) released a statement regarding potential drilling in Apalachicola Bay. In the statement, Simon said, “It is unconscionable that efforts to drill for oil are happening at the same time that we are fighting for the revitalization of the Apalachicola Bay. The $25 million we’re trying to fund would […]

Graham Remembered as ‘Great Statesman’

Graham Remembered as ‘Great Statesman’

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Hailed as a consummate public servant and champion of the environment, former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham lay in state Friday in the Old Capitol as about a thousand mourners paid their respects. Graham, 87, died April 16 at a retirement home in […]

Moody Jumps into FSU-ACC Dispute

Moody Jumps into FSU-ACC Dispute

By Dara Kam & Tom Urban, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Ashley Moody signaled her support for Florida State University’s appeal of a North Carolina judge’s decision to allow a lawsuit filed against the school by the Atlantic Coast Conference to proceed — and is asking her counterparts in six states […]

Former Governor, Senator Graham Dies at 87

Former Governor, Senator Graham Dies at 87

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Bob Graham, a two-term Florida governor who went on to serve in the U.S. Senate and was known for his work days across the state, died Tuesday at age 87, his family announced. “As a legislator, Florida’s 38th Governor, and a United States Senator, Bob […]

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