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Monkeypox outbreak reaches nearly 11,000 cases in the US; Florida ranks 3rd in caseloads
The 2022 monkeypox outbreak has spread to nearly 11,000 cases nationwide, with Florida ranking third in caseloads across states, according to the latest figures from the CDC.
As new school year draws near, Florida families can save at annual back-to-school tax holiday
The Florida Department of Revenue has released a Frequently Asked Questions document about the 2022 tax holiday, which outlines items exempt from sales taxes.
Florida closing in on 400 monkeypox cases, mostly in large urban enclaves
Data from the Florida Department of Health show monkeypox cases in 17 counties — roughly a quarter of the 67 counties in Florida.
Six ways to save on school supplies this tax holiday season
In a couple of weeks, from July 25 through August 7, Florida will hold its annual school sales tax holiday. During that period, consumers can curb school supply costs with savings designated by the Florida legislature.
State hopes military vets, ex-cops, can fill staff shortages at child-protection agency
The state has scheduled the first in a series of recruitment exercises to encourage military veterans to take jobs as child-protective investigators.
Patriotic pups: How one 11-year-old’s idea led to a statewide and national movement
It's the first program of its kind to help fund medical bills for retired police dogs in Florida and is believed to be the first in the United States.

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Citizens Property Insurance gets OK to raise homeowner rates 6.4%; less than requested
Property owners insured by Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s insurer of last resort, face rate increases of up to 11 percent starting Sept. 1, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.
At least seven deaths in Florida from meningococcal disease; one of the worst outbreaks in US history
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday reported at least seven deaths among gay and bisexual men from the serious meningococcal disease outbreak in Florida and at least 24 cases of the disease.
Apopka receiving $800,000 in grants from state
The CDBG program, administered by DEO, primarily benefits low- and moderate-income residents. The grants help fund workforce housing, training, sustainability, broadband infrastructure, and planning.
DEP Accepting comments on proposed springs restoration funding projects
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting comments on the springs restoration projects under consideration for funding in FY 2022-23.
Celebrate the great outdoors in Florida this month
June is the Great Outdoors Month in Florida. This is the month to honor the state's abundant natural resources and the nation’s best recreational opportunities.
FLHSMV announces 12 new Florida specialty license plates
Floridians who purchased presale vouchers for the specialty plates will soon be able to redeem them at their local tax collector office or license plate agency.
Florida State Parks and Florida public libraries partner to launch the Real Florida Reader Program
This summer, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks and its partners will advance outdoor access for all Floridians through the Real Florida Reader Program.
New law boosts Florida mental health focus for students and families
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Christine Hunschofsky, D-Parkland, served as the mayor of Parkland during the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, where 17 students were killed.
FL lawmakers unveil property-insurance fixes but market has ‘further devolved’
The Legislature failed to pass any changes in property-insurance law during its regular session, which adjourned on March 14th, following reforms adopted in 2021 and 2019.
Tiffany Hughes dives head first into the District 39 election
According to voter rolls, District 39 will be a battleground where the number of registered Democrat and Republican voters is about even. There aren't a lot of those in Florida.
Plan for new Central Florida toll road would split Split Oak Forest, a treasured park
The subject of this struggle is a sweet slice of Central Florida’s landscape known as Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area. It’s owned by you, the Florida taxpayer.
Construction on 429 begins Monday
This 3.4-mile project will add a travel lane in each direction, expanding the expressway from four to six lanes (three travel lanes in each direction).
Environmentalists laud approval of 10 land and conservation easement acquisitions
Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration have approved 10 land and conservation easement acquisitions totaling more than 17,000 acres to preserve wildlife and natural habitats.
DeSantis vetoes new congressional districts, orders Legislature to try again
The governor acted shortly after the Legislature sent him SB 102, containing its congressional redistricting map, on Tuesday morning.
State Parks Director praises Wekiwa Springs' new Serenity Garden
The Serenity Garden will be a one-acre “park within a park” where people of all ages and abilities may experience and enjoy nature.