The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is advising the public to take precautions when enjoying fresh water activities locally or when traveling abroad, especially swimming in warm freshwater lakes, hot springs, rivers, creeks and ponds to avoid Naegleria fowleri.  N. fowleri is a naturally occurring amoeba that can beContinue Reading

You’re most likely to notice termites during their swarming activity, but colonies infesting trees and structures are active year-round in Florida. This puts properties at risk for costly damages and trees vulnerable to high winds. Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) want residents,Continue Reading

Florida’s premier and fastest-growing provider of superior and convenient healthcare services, MD Now Urgent Care, is opening its third state-of-the-art clinic of 2022. The newest clinic in Brandon is the first clinic to open in Hillsborough County and will serve the surrounding communities. Providing a variety of urgent healthcare services,Continue Reading

The Florida Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that it has endorsed Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis in his re-election bid to remain Florida’s Chief Financial Officer. “The Florida Chamber of Commerce endorses Jimmy Patronis to continue serving as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer. Jimmy fought side by side with the FloridaContinue Reading

An uplifting film for the whole family and based on a true story, NO VACANCY follows a jaded reporter demoted to a rural news bureau who finds her cynicism slowly transformed as she befriends a recovering addict and writes about a church struggling to purchase a motel for homeless families. Starring SeanContinue Reading

Disney CEO Bob Chapek and the Mouse House are under fire for their opposition to Florida’s H.B. 1557 “Parental Rights in Education” bill, which has been labeled the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill by opponents and an “Anti-Grooming” Bill by supporters. The Daily Wire poll found over two-thirds of Americans andContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Health (Department) is the first state in the nation to issue guidance stating that healthy children from ages 5 to 17 may not benefit from receiving the currently available COVID-19 vaccine. The Department recommends that children with underlying conditions are the best candidates for the COVID-19Continue Reading

United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, also known as “the Monkey Whisperer” (57, Parrish), today pleaded guilty to having violated the Endangered Species Act and Lacy Act in connection with a conspiracy to sell a protected primate to a celebrity client in California. Hammonds facesContinue Reading

U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced three former Hamilton Correctional Institution Annex officers for violating the civil rights of an inmate. Coty Michael Wiltgen (32, Live Oak) was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release; Ethan Burkett (25, Valdosta, GA) wasContinue Reading

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In the temporary restraining order granted in the U. S. District Court of Florida in Tampa this week, federal Judge Steven Merryday acknowledged the Department of Defense’s unlawful discriminatory actions by allowing medical exemptions while denying religious exemptions. Judge Merryday granted a temporary restraining order for two service members pending a hearingContinue Reading

The Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy, chaired by Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. (R-Hialeah), today passed Senate Bill 146, Fetal and Infant Mortality Reduction, by Senator Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland). Taking into account modern medical and scientific knowledge that confirms significant developmental milestones of an unborn child, the legislation prohibits abortionContinue Reading

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested a principal with the Hillsborough County School District on multiple charges after he sent sexually explicit texts to an undercover detective he assumed was a juvenile. From January 19 to January 27, 2022, undercover detectives were portraying themselves as a 15-year-old boy during a chat operation toContinue Reading

New polling commissioned by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) shows Florida voters are concerned over the impact of COVID-19 and pocketbook issues.  As Florida continues to feel the impact of the pandemic, voters strongly prefer that the state expend resources on struggling families, businesses, schools and healthcare systems (63% support) ratherContinue Reading

Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book introduced and advanced legislation in the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee today that aims to curb the growing endemic of “cyber trafficking”, a practice where both real and stolen images are uploaded to the Internet for people to buy, sell, trade, and exploit. Additionally, the legislationContinue Reading

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reissued the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for Eli Lilly’s bamlanivimab-etesevimab (administered together) and Regeneron’s REGEN-COV (casirivimab and imdevimab) monoclonal antibody treatments, which states these treatments are not authorized for use in any U.S. state, territory, or jurisdiction at this time. FDAContinue Reading

Grammy-winning Songwriters Hall of Fame member Don McLean celebrates the 50th anniversary of his global hit “American Pie” reaching #1 on the Billboard chart, where it stayed for four weeks! To commemorate the anniversary, McLean has coined his international 50th Anniversary “American Pie” World Tour which will visit multiple destinations in N.Continue Reading