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Appeals court to weigh dancer age restriction

May 20, 2024
Tallahassee – After Gov. Ron DeSantis last week signed a bill that will prevent strippers under age 21 from performing in adult-entertainment establishments across Florida, a federal appeals court is preparing to take up a constitutional challenge to a similar restriction passed in Jacksonville.

State says first-quarter tourism set record

May 17, 2024
Tallahassee – Florida announced record tourism numbers for the first quarter of 2024, as totals for international visitors continue to move closer to pre-pandemic levels.

Judge rejects part of elections law

May 16, 2024
Tallahassee – A federal judge Wednesday issued a final decision blocking part of a 2023 Florida elections law that placed new restrictions on voter-registration groups, including preventing non-U.S. citizens from “collecting or handling” registration applications.

Feds take aim at children’s insurance lawsuit

May 15, 2024
Tallahassee – The Biden administration on Tuesday urged a judge to dismiss a lawsuit in which Florida has challenged federal guidelines for a program that provides subsidized health insurance to tens of thousands of children.

FHSAA considers compensation for student athletes

May 14, 2024
Tallahassee – 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.

Study details heat risks for workers

May 13, 2024
Tallahassee – After Florida lawmakers this year barred local heat protections for workers, a new study cites “strong and robust evidence that excessive heat increases the frequency of injuries” to workers — with risks particularly in the South.

State, feds tangle over immigration case

May 8, 2024
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.

Lower gas costs trim Duke, TECO bills

May 7, 2024
Tallahassee – State regulators Tuesday approved plans that will save money for customers of Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. starting in June.

Hospital operator files for bankruptcy

May 6, 2024
Tallahassee – A company that operates eight Florida hospitals filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, calling it a “necessary measure to allow the company to continue to provide necessary care to its patients in their communities without disruption.”

Feds say they can handle permits amid fight

May 3, 2024
Tallahassee – Federal environmental officials have pushed back against arguments by Florida that a legal fight over wetlands-related permitting has put more than 1,000 permit applications into “regulatory limbo.”
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