State News

Jamal Davis in his tiny bed.
Nick Evans

NPR Music has built a sizable following for its tiny desk concerts—stripped down performances at music critic Bob Boilen’s desk in Washington DC.  And now a Gainesville hospital had adopted the format to highlight its Arts in Medicine program.

Florida Channel

Among the more than 40 bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law Thursday is a measure building on past child welfare reforms.

Man playing whack a mole at an arcade
Jeremy Yoder

Among the bills waiting for a final nod from Governor Rick Scott is a measure many of the state’s youth are crossing their fingers Scott will sign soon. The measure officially okays arcades in Florida.

Florida is losing more than half of a critical hospital funding program but lawmakers say they’re grateful to at least have a number they can start building a budget around. Meanwhile the legislature continues to grapple with how to fill substantial budget hole.

A sexual abuse survivor and advocate says Governor Rick Scott took a strong step Friday in signing a measure that would allow young victims to secretly record their attackers to use as evidence in court. It comes on the heels of a man acquitted of raping his stepdaughter, who inspired the bill.