Florida

Citizens Property Insurance Seeks Rate Hike, Blames Water Claims

Jun 20, 2017

Continuing to point at “out of control” water damage claims, the Citizens Property Insurance Board of Governors on Tuesday unanimously backed proposed rate increases that would hit South Florida policyholders hardest next year.

The changes, if approved by state regulators, would boost personal-lines policies on average by 5.3 percent and commercial lines by 8.4 percent. Personal-lines policyholders are homeowners, condominium-unit owners and renters.

The Florida elections vendor that was targeted in Russian cyberattacks last year has denied a recent report based on a leaked National Security Agency document that the company's computer system was compromised.

Officials in Florida are investigating two LA Fitness health clubs after four customers contracted Legionnaires' disease.

Scott Approves Payments In Deaths, Injuries

Jun 6, 2017

The family of a Florida State University football player who died during a 2001 training session will receive the remainder of a legal settlement after Gov. Rick Scott signed 11 “claim” bills last week.

Activists are abandoning a federal challenge of Florida’s water quality standards after the Trump Administration refused to step in.

Survey: Consumer Confidence In State Drops Again In May

Jun 1, 2017

Consumer confidence in Florida keeps dropping.

Florida health officials have confirmed seven cases of H3N2 canine influenza in the state.

Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill into law inspired by two teenagers still lost at sea.

Beruff: Constitution Review Commission To Start Over On Rules

May 30, 2017

After a panel of the Constitution Review Commission bogged down in discussions of the rules for the once-every-20-years overhaul of the state's basic law, the full commission will meet June 6 to hammer out a final proposal.

Read more: Revision Commission Under Fire For Draft Rules 

Florida voters overwhelmingly passed medical marijuana last election. Now what?

Management Of Marijuana Operation Changes Hands

May 25, 2017

A Canadian-backed firm will take over management of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, one of Florida's seven medical marijuana operators, the companies announced Wednesday.

Isabella Cueto / WLRN NEWS

Following any deadly tragedy, most recently the Manchester terror attack, emergency response goes from behind-the-scenes work to a tangible presence. 

Florida is one of a few states to have its own team of professionals trained to respond to disasters: the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System (FEMORS). Members spent Tuesday and Wednesday at the annual preparedness exercise, ensuring FEMORS could deliver a swift and seamless helping hand if needed. 

Carlos Giusti / AP via Miami Herald

Ricardo Rosselló became Governor of Puerto Rico in January at the age of just 37 – and he inherited a disaster.

Associated Press

COMMENTARY

Nine years ago a colleague and I had dinner in Culiacán, Mexico, with local journalist Javier Valdez. At the time, Mexico was locked in of some of the bloodiest narco-violence in its history. Culiacán – the capital of Sinaloa state, home to the powerful drug cartel once run by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán – was ground zero.

The day Ayden came home from school with bruises, his mother started looking for a new school.

Ayden's a bright 9-year-old with a blond crew cut, glasses and an eager smile showing new teeth coming in. He also has autism, ADHD and a seizure disorder. (We're not using his last name to protect his privacy.) He loves karate, chapter books and very soft blankets: "I love the fuzziness, I just cocoon myself into my own burrito."

"He's so smart but lacks so much socially," says his mother, Lynn.

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