With 335,000 insurance claims representing $1.9 billion in property losses, Hurricane Irma has already exceeded the claims and losses from the two hurricanes that pummeled Florida last year, the state Office of Insurance Regulation reported Monday.
The Florida Board of Education on Wednesday approved a 2018-2019 budget request that includes a $200 per-student boost in the K-12 system, increased funding for the 28 state colleges and construction money for public schools, colleges and universities.
After more than a year-and-a-half hiatus, Florida carried out an execution this week, putting to death a prisoner convicted of murdering two men in Jacksonville 30 years ago.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a key player in Florida's decades-old legal fight with Georgia over water flow in the Apalachicola River, has weighed into the pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Florida public schools are expected to grow by 27,000 students in the next year, under an estimate approved by state forecasters on Thursday.
Credit-card skimming devices at Florida gas stations and stores are on a dramatic rise this year.
While Adam Putnam raised another $2 million in June for his gubernatorial campaign, the three leading Democratic contenders hoping to succeed Gov. Rick Scott could not even match half of that total.
Putnam, the Republican agriculture commissioner, raised more than $1.3 million for his “Florida Grown” political committee last month, while he collected another $795,000 for his regular campaign account, new financial reports show.
His Democratic opponents raised a combined $690,000 last month, according to the state Division of Elections.
While state universities are starting the new academic year in July with a major financial boost, Florida's 28 state colleges will face a budget cut.
The University of Florida finished first among the 11 universities eligible for state performance funding in the upcoming budget year, garnering $55 million of the $245 million total.
UF netted $7 million in new performance funding, up from $48 million in the current year, in a list approved Thursday by the state university system's Board of Governors, which was meeting at the University of South Florida.
A new study that followed the outcomes of Florida university students who earned bachelor's degrees in 2015 shows that more than 90 percent of students were working within one year of graduation, with full-time employees earning a median salary of $39,100.