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Florida/National News

(National News of Interest to Floridians)

Index of Stories 2024

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Florida News 2024 (scroll down)

Back From the Brink of Extinction, a Tiny Bird – the FL Grasshopper Sparrow – One of N America's Rarest Birds

Trump’s Classified-Documents Case Tossed By Judge Aileen Cannon

LSHA: Meridian CEO Don Savoie to Appear Tonight. After the Lies & Misinformation, Will the Gov's Board Bring Up Meridian Quality of Care?

Seatbelts: If You Don’t Think or Think Seatbelts Don’t Save Lives, Think Again. Traveling on July 4 – Buckle Up

North Central Florida Regional Planning Council: Executive Dir. Scott Koons Ignores Florida’s Sunshine Law

CareerSource Florida Crown Consolidation Debacle Continues: Light At the End of the Tunnel

Florida Gateway College: Scholarships Going Unused – 2nd STEM Bldg. Not Completely Funded

CareerSource Florida Crown: Again, No Meeting Notice – 12th Hour Agenda – Executive Director Ignores Attorney's Advice To Follow the Law

Trump: Unanimious Verdict, Guilty On 34 Felony Counts In NY Hush Money Trial

If You Are Govenor DeSantis, How Do You Pick a Supreme Ct. Judge? Ans: By Blocking Out the Sun

Florida Commission On Ethics: Some Though It Figured, Ethics Commissioner Freddie Figgers Gets a Free Pass – 'Go Figure'

It’s Bat Maternity Season: Be on the Lookout for Bat Moms & Their Baby Bats

Florida Commission On Ethics Set To Cancel $1,500 Fine For One Of Its Own


CareerSource Florida Crown: Alachua County Says 'No' To Providing a Life Ring

CareerSource Florida Crown: State Says “No Mas” – Loses Confidence in the Leadership of FL Crown

CareerSource FL Crown: A Malaise That Goes Deep Below the Surface. Sexual Harassment Redefined - Ignored, Whistleblowers Will Be Caught & Fired

National (Congressional) Medal of Honor Day Is Today: Honoring Veterans for Service & Sacrifice


CareerSource FL Crown: After the Mutiny, Exec Dir & His Staff Walk Back In the Door They Walked Out Like Nothing Ever Happened

CareerSource Florida Crown – MUTINY: Under investigation by Florida Workforce’s top financial investigator, exec-dir - board staff exit en-masse

CareerSource Florida Crown Under Investigation by DEO for Recurring Financial Improprieties

Ambulance at speed with headling: Florida Legislators paying attention to state's health care professional shortageFL Lawmakers Paying Attention to State's Health Care Professional Shortage – Mental Health Getting a Boost

Another Trump Presidency: What Would It Mean For Health Care?

Abortion Access Designated Amendment 4 On 2024 Ballot

MLK Day: A Look back at Dr. King and the Nobel Peace Prize & a History of the Lake City Logo

FGC Charter School: Two Years In the Making, Still In the Starting Blocks, Another Columbia County Mess

Governor DeSantis’ State-of-the State: Top Dems Impressed, But for the Wrong Reasons

Florida News 2023 (scroll down)

On the 50th Anniversary of Endangered Species Act, Protecting Rice's Whales (estimated 100 left) and Others With This Landmark Legislation

Florida Teachers Sue to Block Anti-LGBTQ+ Pronoun Ban

Another Sex Scandal – Another Victimized Woman Brought To You By the Party of Piety, Traditional Gender Roles and Family Values

Sociology on the Chopping Block In FL Colleges

Meridian Behavioral Health Took Center Stage at the LSHA: Former Employee, Counselor, and Clients Gave Meridian the Thumbs Down

The Wampanoags Helped the Pilgrims Survive for Their First Thanksgiving – They Still Regret It

North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan: Just a Suggestion – Will There Be Enough Water in the Future?

Sports At Florida Gateway College: “Building Better People” & “A Good Deal For Everyone”

CDC Report: 30% of Black, Hispanic, & Multiracial Women Reported Mistreatment During Pregnancy and Delivery

Florida Gateway College "FGC" Holds 35th Annual College Night – Tonight

Florida Gateway College President Larry Barrett and Nadia Comăneci Florida Gateway College President Gets a Perfect Evaluation – Then a New Contract Worth $441,000

Florida Gateway College Announces Free Childcare For College Students & Employees

SRWMD Education Policy Enhances Opportunities for Employees. Latest Success Story – St. Leo MBA for Kristin Thompson

The “Great White" State of Florida Is Leading the Nation In Giving Those on Medicaid a Tough Time

North Central Florida Regional Planning Council: Keeping the Public Informed About Its Meeting Times – Not a Good Idea For Its Exec. Director

FL Has Long Been Treated As a Punchline: abortion bans, concealed carry w/o a permit, private school vouchers, and more – everyone is watching

A Real Dental Crisis in Florida: “People can neither access nor afford dental care.” Some are turning to dental tourism

Yesterday, Gov. DeSantis Signed Florida’s Record $117 Billion Spending Plan – Some Highlights

FL Ranks 31st in Child Well-Being: Inaccessible, Unaffordable Child Care Pushes Parents to the Breaking Point

Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders Impact Veterans

North Central FL Counties Meet To Discuss Forming a Regional Utility Consortium. Greg Bailey, Pres. of NFPS Thinks – The Time Is Right

New College of Florida:  Students Feel 'Trapped' in 'Hostile Takeover'

FL Lawmakers Getting Serious About Dental Health:  Add $500k for 2024 Mission of Mercy; $2 mil for Oral Health Education

HCA's Lake City Hospital Celebrates $36 mil Expanded Emergency Room – Part of Planned $141 mil Expansion

Community Health Fair – Macclenny: Saturday, April 29, 9:00 – 3:00. Health Exhibits, Food Trucks, Music, Entertainment for the Kids

Florida Policy Institute Renews Call for Occupational Licensing Reform During ‘Second Chance Month’

700 Square Miles of Coastal Habitat Being Protected off Florida’s West Coast

FL Lawmakers Consider Expanding Mobile Dental Units: Florida Last In Child Dental Care

U.S. Department of Justice Busy In Florida

New Report: Chain 'Dollar' Stores Harmful To Communities

House Passage of Universal Voucher Bill Has Critics Speaking Out

Thinking About Burning a Cross In Your Yard To Send a Message… Mississippi Man Sentenced for Federal Hate Crime for Cross Burning

National Nurses United Condemns FL Bill HB 999 As Sweeping Attack On Higher Education


Chris Doolan, Lobbyist & Florida Legend: Speaks Against Term Limit Bills Filed in Tallahassee

Chief Engineer Leroy MarshallSRWMD & FEMA Will Be On Hand To Discuss Flood Map Updates: A $14 Million Project & Counting

Florida’s Rate of Uninsured Children Could Rise If Leaders Don’t Act to Protect Coverage

LSHA: After Two-and-a-Half Years, Board May Stop Bleeding the Public's Money – Agrees To Hammer Out Agreement With Meridian

Florida’s School Voucher Program: New Proposed Legislation (HB 1) Would Funnel Billions From Florida's Public Schools

Two Marion County Fire Rescue Firefighters Dead to Suicide – Fire Chief Pleads That Folks Ask For and Get Help

St. Leo Univ. Earns Honors in 4 Categories of the 2023 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs

25 Years of Online Experience Pays off for Saint Leo Students

HAECO Outmaneuvers Lake City: 20 Year Sweetheart Lease To Save HAECO Millions; Economic Development At Airport Threatened

AP African American Studies Banned in Florida Public Schools

Black History Month begins in 10 days.

Lake City Reaching for the Lowest Common Denominator: Lowers Requirements for Assistant City Manager, 4-1

A college degree: Now you see it - now you don't.

Dr. Martin Luther King Observance, Lake City