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Florida's primary elections are coming up Aug. 18, and close to two million people have already cast ballots. Almost 90% of those have been cast by mail. That's a lot more than the volume of mail-in ballots that were cast in the last major election two years ago.

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Gov. DeSantis Says COVID-19 Will ‘Loom’ Over 2021 Session

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis, while expressing hope that the coronavirus crisis could ease across Southern states in September, said on morning radio shows Monday that the pandemic will “loom” over every budget and policy debate during the 2021 legislative session. DeSantis said mapping out budget priorities for next fiscal year will depend on factors such as the use of federal stimulus money and the condition of the state’s economic recovery. “We are using intelligently the CARES Act ...

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BayCare Health System will build a new $326 million hospital and medical office building in Plant City and relocate South Florida Baptist Hospital there, the company announced Tuesday.

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign made a stop today in Kissimmee with the president’s son Eric Trump telling supporters to get out and vote. About 100 people braved the midday heat in the parking lot outside the Republican Party field office in Kissimmee to hear Eric Trump, along with campaign adviser Cory Lewandowski, Lt. Governor Jeanette Núñez and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. 

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Florida's primary elections are coming up Aug. 18, and close to two million people have already cast ballots. Almost 90% of those have been cast by mail. That's a lot more than the volume of mail-in ballots that were cast in the last major election two years ago.

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis, while expressing hope that the coronavirus crisis could ease across Southern states in September, said on morning radio shows Monday that the pandemic will “loom” over every budget and policy debate during the 2021 legislative session.

DeSantis said mapping out budget priorities for next fiscal year will depend on factors such as the use of federal stimulus money and the condition of the state’s economic recovery.

TALLAHASSEE --- As Florida schools reopen this month, district superintendents are calling on state officials to address two major challenges: the need for rapid testing for COVID-19 and a statewide plan to handle students and staff members who test positive.

Stuck at home for months on end, plans canceled and upside down, the Reyes family felt like so many others during this pandemic-blighted summer: "We were just going crazy," says Ricardo Reyes. "We had to get out."

They rented an RV, packed daughter and dog, and drove from North Carolina to a getaway they assumed would be quiet. Three days into a trip at Yellowstone National Park, they could see their need to escape was in no way unique.

Many voters are worried about casting their ballots in person this November because of the pandemic. They're also concerned that their mail-in ballots could be misplaced or delayed.

One voting option that's gaining popularity — and also attracting controversy — is the use of drop boxes, where voters can deposit their absentee ballots to be collected later by election officials.

Demings is said to be one of the top contenders for the position.

Congressman Darren Soto said he hopes Rep. Val Demings will be picked as former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate. 

The changes take effect September 8.  

Disney posted the new operating hours for Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom on their website this weekend.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis held an education roundtable at a public charter high school in Riverview Monday.

There was some tension when members of the public asked questions, particularly about how Hillsborough County public schools will reopen.

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