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Manatee School Board Takes Time To Consider Saunders

Manatee County still doesn't have a permanent school superintendent. Just days before the Manatee County School Board was going to offer the position to the interim superintendent Cynthia Saunders, the state education commissioner filed an administrative complaint against her.

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Music Director Michael Francis will remain at the helm of the Florida Orchestra, he recently signed a contract extension that runs until 2024.   

But he was recently named principal conductor of the German Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, which is based near Frankfurt, Germany. 

Florida Department of Corrections

A man who was convicted of beating and stabbing an elderly woman to death in Miami-Dade County 26 years ago is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday at the Florida State Prison.

Using chum to attract sharks in waters used by beachgoers, surfers and divers is closer to being banned in Florida, despite concerns the change will further squeeze out “blue collar” angling.

DeSantis Transition Panel Targets Lower Health Costs, Improved Care

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He may not have campaigned heavily on health care, but incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis is promising to make it a priority now.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

A Sarasota felon has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing nearly four tons of explosive fuses.

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SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. says it has been notified that the U.S. Department of Justice is ending its probe into whether company officials misled investors about the negative impact the documentary "Blackfish" was having on its business.

The Naples Holocaust Museum and Education Center is hosting an exhibit of violins once owned and played by victims of Nazi concentration camps. This week a performance featuring the restored instruments will honor their stories.

A federal judge has set a trial date for indicted Tallahassee City Commission member Scott Maddox and former Downtown Improvement Authority director, Paige Carter-Smith. Meanwhile, Maddox has been suspended from office by Gov. Rick Scott.

Federal law requires prisons and jails to provide medical care to people who are incarcerated. But in a recent medical journal, a group of South Florida researchers make the case that too many inmates suffer and die in part because "they lack adequate access to timely care."

"We wanted to know: what are people dying of while they're incarcerated in Miami-Dade County?" says Dr. Tanya Zakrison, a trauma surgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Broward County’s new elections supervisor welcomed an audit of his office and reassured commissioners on Tuesday that he will not make it harder for county residents to vote.

Commissioners have expressed concerns that Peter Antonacci, a Republican, could reduce early voting days, eliminate polling locations and purge voter rolls of eligible voters to reduce turnout in the overwhelmingly Democratic county.

But during a brief appearance in front of the commissioners at their final meeting of the year, the appointee said, “there will be no diminution of service.”

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