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Cold Front Expected In Bay Area This Weekend

A strong cold front is slated to sweep through the state this weekend, dropping temperatures in the Tampa Bay area into the 30s by Monday morning. There's the possibility that some spots north of Tampa will experience a freeze.

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A strong cold front is slated to sweep through the state this weekend, dropping temperatures in the Tampa Bay area into the 30s by Monday morning.

There's the possibility that some spots north of Tampa will experience a freeze.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday rescinded 46 of the last-minute appointments former Gov. Rick Scott, now a member of the U.S. Senate, made in his final days in office.

The selections to various boards yanked by DeSantis Friday required Senate confirmation.

Among the names pulled were Andy Pollack, placed by Scott on the State Board of Education, and Carlos Beruff, named by the former governor to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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The latest red tide report shows high concentrations of the toxic algae blooms in Sarasota and Collier counties. This nearly 16-month red tide event has killed more sea turtles than ever recorded.

Respiratory irritation related to red tide was also reported over the past week in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

A pro-choice state lawmaker wants to ban abortions in Florida once a heartbeat is detected.

Republican House Member, Mike Hill, filed the bill that also makes it a third-degree felony for any physician who violates the proposed law. 

A new Secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation was selected today. A week after being recommended to Governor Ron DeSantis, Kevin Thibault has been chosen to lead the Florida Department of Transportation. The Governor made the decision today in a press release calling Kevin, "a proven leader in state government and the private sector.”

Kevin has extensive experience in both sectors, and worked for FDOT more than 16 years and has held senior leadership positions. He most recently served as Southeast Regional Senior Vice President of TranSystems Corporation.

Leon County eighth grade student Charlotte Stuart-Tilley organized a school strike, held last week, to bring attention on the issue of climate change.

When Gov. Ron DeSantis makes his first international trip to Israel, he plans to tout Florida but also will have a chance to get a new supply of water --- and probably will do a better labeling job.

This week's Florida Board of Education meeting might be the first and last for Andrew Pollack, the father of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim.

On Friday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis rejected his predecessor's decision to appoint Pollack to the board that oversees schools and community colleges statewide. He also rescinded dozens of other selections announced by then-Gov. Rick Scott during his final days in office.

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Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended a Democratic county elections supervisor Friday who failed to meet deadlines during recounts after November’s election, but her supporters said the move was unwarranted and political.

Florida's unemployment rate remains at 3.3 percent in December, unchanged from the month before.

Figures released by the state Friday show that 335,000 Floridians were jobless in December out of a workforce of nearly 10.3 million.

Florida's unemployment rate remains below the national rate of 3.9 percent.

Florida added 22,800 jobs in December.

Monroe County had the state's lowest unemployment at 2.6 percent, followed by St. Johns and Okaloosa County at 2.7 percent each.

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