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Last shelter used for Hurricane Irma evacuees closes

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The last shelter used for Hurricane Irma evacuees has closed in Miami-Dade County.

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Rick Scott declares state of emergency for Nate

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Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday declared a state of emergency in 29 Florida counties as Tropical Storm Nate seems headed for the state. Scott issued Executive Order 17-262 declaring a state of emergency in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Baker, Union, Bradford, and Alachua counties.

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Louisiana helping Florida process Irma unemployment claims

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Louisiana is helping Florida process its thousands of unemployment claims related to Hurricane Irma. The Louisiana Workforce Commission, the state’s labor department, said Thursday that it reached out to Florida to offer assistance.

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Workers’ comp drops off legislative map

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Crisis, what crisis? Just a year after dire predictions that the state’s economy was in peril due to rising insurance costs, Florida businesses could see an average 9.3 percent reduction in workers’ compensation premiums in the coming year under a rate filing Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier will consider later this month.

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Broward nursing home expands lawsuit against state

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A Broward County nursing home has expanded a lawsuit challenging moves by Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration that effectively shut down the facility after residents died following Hurricane Irma.

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Democratic lawmakers file bill restricting guns for ‘at-risk’ individuals

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Following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history earlier this week in Las Vegas, two Florida lawmakers announced legislation designed to temporarily prevent access to firearms for individuals at a high risk of harming themselves or others. The bill (HB 231), filed Thursday by Jacksonville Sen. Audrey Gibson and Lantana Rep. Lori Berman – both Democrats –would allow family, household members, and law enforcement to obtain a court order with “demonstrated evidence” the person poses a significant danger to themselves or others, including…

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Darryl Paulson: The end of gerrymandering?

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The term gerrymandering was coined over 200 years ago. On March 26, 1812, the Boston Gazette first used the term in describing the redrawing of a Massachusetts state senate district. Gov. Elbridge Gerry, a member of the Democratic-Republican Party, said the district resembled a salamander. Gerry’s name was linked to the last part of salamander, and the term gerrymandering was born.

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