State News

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Hurricane Irma forced hundreds of thousands of Floridians from their homes, including residents at military bases. Key West and Jacksonville saw some of the worst effects of the storm, and are also home to major military installations. But now the bases are returning to normal.

US Department of Agriculture

Hurricane Irma hung over an annual gathering of state and industry officials discussing water policy.

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Some of Florida’s military supporters are lining up behind the state’s land acquisition program. Unlikely allies are joining forces to defend Florida Forever.

Bill Nelson youtube / Bill Nelson's youtube channel

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is pushing the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to extend a housing assistance program.

RFA Mounts Bay, the British Royal Navy auxiliary vessel from which the helicopter responded.
US Coast Guard website

A  British Royal Navy helicopter has rescued a woman and two children from a capsized boat disabled during Hurricane Maria.  But a man on the vessel has died.

NPR

With losses total in some areas of the state, Florida’s iconic citrus industry will need Congressional help to recover from Hurricane Irma, according to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

MGN Online

On the heels of nine nursing home deaths due to Hurricane Irma, Florida’s U.S. Senators have filed a bipartisan bill to create a national panel that looks into ways to help seniors during a disaster.

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Clearwater Republican Senator Jack Latvala wants Florida’s utility companies to stop contributing to campaigns this election cycle and invest in improving equipment instead.

Historic Capitol
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A Florida lawmaker is once again trying to reform the state’s community redevelopment agencies. The taxpayer-funded programs would have to meet stricter reporting and ethics requirements.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is appointing a select committee to study Hurricane Irma response and disaster preparedness. 

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is Florida's official salt water reptile.
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A state legislator wants to reaffirm Florida’s commitment—to a horse and a turtle.

Governor Rick Scott visiting Collier County after Hurricane Irma.
Governor's Press Office

Florida is still dusting itself off after the Hurricane Irma, but Governor Rick Scott is encouraging Floridians to stay prepared.

MCM

Some good news and bad news signal Florida state government is slowly returning to normal in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

WUSF

State regulators say the 335,000 insurance claims filed by Hurricane Irma victims already outstrip the two storms that blasted Florida last year.

AP

All students in 48 Florida counties will be eligible for free lunches after the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to help communities hardest hit by Hurricane Irma.

Washington Times

Calling the Hurricane Irma-related deaths of eight people in South Florida a preventable tragedy, a Plantation Democrat wants to force nursing homes to have a five-day emergency power supply. 

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The outlook is grim again for Florida’s budget drafters—and that’s before considering the cost of Hurricane Irma.  State forecasters are warning the coffers are nearly empty for the third year running.

Governor Rick Scott's press office

Several former Florida athletes are using their platform to help Hurricane Irma victims.

St. Petersburg Times

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says Hurricane Irma has left the state’s iconic citrus industry in tatters.

CNBC

The Port of Key West remains closed in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and the Coast Guard is urging boaters to stay away.

laborsouthflorida.org

The Florida AFL-CIO is still determining how many of its approximately 1 million active members, retirees and their families were impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Thinkspot, Inc.

Rebuilding Florida’s brand won’t be easy in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam met Thursday with state emergency officials.

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Hurricane Irma’s state-engulfing radar signature and widespread damage will be a hard image to shake, but tourism experts say Florida’s biggest industry will rebound.

The Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, along with seven Florida teachers are suing the state, the Florida Department of Education and all 67 public school districts. That includes university lab schools, Florida Virtual School and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. At issue: whether the state's “Best and Brightest” teacher bonus program discriminates against black and Hispanic educators and those over 40.

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