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Simone Marstiller Named New Secretary of Juvenile Justice

January 2, 2019 - 3:30pm

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday the appointment of former First District Court of Appeal judge and former secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Simone Marstiller as secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). 

DeSantis Names More Key Hires to His Executive Office

January 2, 2019 - 1:00pm

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis on Wednesday named four additions to the Executive Office of the Governor. These key hires include Chris Spencer, who will join the administration as policy director; Justin Caporale as director of external affairs; and Amanda Emmons and Makenzi Mahler as director of scheduling and director of appointments, respectively.

Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop in Florida

December 21, 2018 - 10:30am
Rick Scott

Outgoing Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday that the state unemployment rate dropped from 3.4 percent to 3.3 percent in November, the lowest rate in 12 years. 

Congress Passes Bill to Provide $100 Million for Harmful Algal Blooms, Red Tide Fight

December 20, 2018 - 4:45pm

Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan on Thursday applauded House passage of bipartisan legislation to combat the devastating impact of harmful algal blooms (HABs), including red tide. The bill now heads to President Trump for his signature.

Florida’s Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High

December 20, 2018 - 8:30am

Gov. Rick Scott has announced that Florida’s high school graduation rate has reached a 15-year high, according to data released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education. For the 2017-18 school year, Florida’s statewide graduation rate rose to 86.1 percent, an increase of 3.8 percentage points over last year and 17.1 since the school year before Scott took office.

Ron DeSantis Keeps Jim Poppell as Secretary of Florida Lottery

December 18, 2018 - 11:45am
Jim Poppell

Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday that he is keeping Florida Lottery Sec. Jim Poppell at his post. 

FBI Arrests Suspected Terrorist in Broward County

December 18, 2018 - 6:00am
Tayyab Tahir Ismail

A federal complaint unsealed Monday reveals a Pakistan-born South Florida man has been accused of posting detailed bomb-making instructions to online sites frequented by extremists, including supporters of ISIS.

DeSantis Announces Transition Advisory Committee on Government Operations

December 17, 2018 - 4:45pm
Larry Hart

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, with Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez announced Monday the names of more than 30 advisors who will serve on the Transition Advisory Committee on Government Operations. The committee will be chaired by Larry Hart, Lee County tax collector.

Homelessness in Florida Falls in 2018

December 17, 2018 - 3:00pm
Ben Carson

Local communities throughout Florida report homelessness declined in 2018, according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

Rick Scott, Florida Department of Health Send $4.8 Million to Projects Across Florida Fighting Alzheimer’s

December 17, 2018 - 2:45pm
Rick Scott and Scott Plakon

On Monday, outgoing Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Health announced 30 grants to projects across Florida helping in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. The funds totaling $4.8 million come from the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program.

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