It's official. No more texting and driving in the state of Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott was in South Florida on Tuesday to sign SB 52, legislation championed by Sen. Nancy Detert (R-Venice) for the last four years.
Under the new law, Florida will join a large majority of states in prohibiting texting while driving. As a secondary offense, however, drivers must be stopped for a separate alleged traffic violation before being ticketed for texting while driving.
The Affordable Care Act Marketplace opens October 1. Despite considerable opposition from some residents and lawmakers, Floridians will be able to shop online for health insurance and compare rates for different levels of coverage.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare - is for people who don’t have health insurance or those who buy insurance on their own instead of getting coverage through an employer.
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The rising spring sun played tag with a retreating winter wind on the stony streets of a South Philadelphia morning. Our cab driver was taking us from the genteel hum of a Four Seasons Hotel to the airport for our return to Miami. He seemed to be taking a shortcut not many would know. We were meandering through the narrow streets of a residential section. I spoke up over the squawk of his radio, “Hey, my friend. What part of town is this?!” The cabbie, a smiling Haitian man said, “Yes. This is the Italian Market area.”
It's been a big month so far for the political committee amassing a war chest for Gov. Rick Scott's re-election bid.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida, approaching an end to a key part of its exclusive gambling compact with the state, dropped $500,000 into the Tallahassee-based "Let's Get to Work" committee earlier this month, while United States Sugar Corporation added another $100,000 this week.
The Argentine tegu lizard doesn’t grow nearly as big as a Burmese python but it may be a greater threat to South Florida’s native animals.
At a maximum size of four feet, a tegu can’t gobble down a full-grown deer or alligator with its rapier-sharp teeth. But the invasive, black and white reptiles have the potential to cause even more ecological damage than the 18-foot snakes that have drawn international media attention in recent years. And now, scientists say, it’s too late to eradicate them.
City of Miami commissioners finalized a budget Thursday evening, for a total of $524 million. One of the stickier points concerned police officers – from how many should patrol city streets to how much they should be paid.
Gloria Lewis' meals are distributed to a line of hungry people in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
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Free meals for the homeless are unloaded from the trunk of Gloria Lewis' car. The waitress from Fort Lauderdale has been cooking over 100 meals a week, not enough for the people who line up to get them in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
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Gloria Lewis (left) helps organize meals in downtown Broward. Lewis, a waitress from Fort Lauderdale, cooks over 100 meals a week to serve to the homeless.
The first page of a letter Gloria Lewis sent to House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R- VA) asking for help.
Florida is among the top 10 states with the largest share of its population relying on food stamps. Nearly 20 percent of the state requires assistance. However, with federal cuts to the program likely, many could find it even more difficult in South Florida, where the cost of food is above the national average.
Just over a year ago, Miranda Childe was an assistant professor in English at Miami-Dade College. But due in part to funding cuts at state colleges, she suddenly found herself out of work.
A new donation to Pérez Art Museum Miami will allow the museum, already known for its art from Latin America, to add more works by African-American artists.
The $1 million donation is funded in equal parts by developer Jorge Pérez, whose $40 million gift of cash and art put his name on the new museum, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In the last phase of construction, PAMM is scheduled to open in its new waterfront location in early December.
Broward County commissioners countermanded an order from the governor on Tuesday, throwing open its health department offices for meetings between the uninsured and trained Affordable Care Act advisers.
Governor Rick Scott had previously put the buildings off limits for Obamacare counseling, saying insurance seekers might become identity theft victims.