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Sen. Rick Scott tests positive for COVID-19, says symptoms are mild

Sen. Rick Scott tests positive for COVID-19, says symptoms are mild

AdvertisementBy Orlando SentinelNov 20, 2020 at 11:08 amU.S. Sen. Rick Scott revealed Friday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Republican from Florida wrote on Twitter that he was “feeling good & experiencing very mild symptoms.”“After several negative tests, I learned I was positive for COVID-19 this AM,’' wrote Scott, who is 67. ... “I’ll be working from home until it’s safe for me to return to DC. I remind everyone to be careful & do the right things to protect yourselves & others.”AdvertisementAfter several negative tests, I learned I was positive for...

November 20, 2020
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Telehealth plays big role in coronavirus cure | Commentary

Telehealth plays big role in coronavirus cure | Commentary

As our country responds to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, we are working rapidly to change the way we practice medicine to keep people safe.  One critical innovation is the use of telehealth, which allows patients to use smartphones, laptops, and other widely available technologies to connect with your healthcare team. Under President Donald Trump’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been toppling regulatory barriers to telehealth reimbursement during this emergency. Advertisement For the duration of the pandemic, Medicare beneficiaries may...

April 9, 2020
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Florida businesses sue Small Business Administration over delayed loans

Florida businesses sue Small Business Administration over delayed loans

AdvertisementBy Orlando SentinelApr 28, 2020 at 7:00 amIn a federal lawsuit filed in Orlando against the U.S. Small Business Administration, a group of Florida businesses alleges that the SBA, in charge of administering the federal government’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, is not running the program as lawmakers intended.The more than 50 businesses represented in the suit, all clients of the Melbourne Widerman Malek law firm and mostly based in Florida, are among the countless who have applied to the program that’s usually reserved to help small businesses weather hurricanes, floods and...

April 28, 2020
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Florida coronavirus update for Monday: DeSantis starts probe into troubled unemployment system; residents begin ‘Phase 1’ of reopening

Florida coronavirus update for Monday: DeSantis starts probe into troubled unemployment system; residents begin ‘Phase 1’ of reopening

AdvertisementBy Orlando SentinelMay 04, 2020 at 7:55 pmAs most of Florida began the first step of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening plan, the state endured its third straight week of at least 300 reported deaths.Also on Monday, DeSantis inspector general to investigate the state’s beleaguered unemployment system.Advertisement“This thing wasn’t going to cut it,” he said of the system, which has been plagued by bottlenecks and technology problems and has processed less than half of the tens of thousands of claims since the outbreak began in March.At one point in mid-April, it was processing just...

May 4, 2020
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Why did Florida’s charter schools fund a campaign to get a former porn worker on the Orange school board? | Commentary

Why did Florida’s charter schools fund a campaign to get a former porn worker on the Orange school board? | Commentary

AdvertisementBy Orlando SentinelAug 19, 2020 at 5:39 amThere were a lot of nasty campaign attacks this season.But few were as bizarre as the for-profit charter school industry’s attempt to kick a respected teacher off the Orange County school board — and replace her with someone with a background in porn.AdvertisementYes, charter school companies — including one that lists “integrity” as a key value — funded a political committee that funded another, which labeled teacher Karen Castor Dentel “Public Enemy #1.” The campaign instead urged voters to elect hospitality worker Jonathan Hacker,...

August 19, 2020
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DeSantis banking on federal stimulus money as he puts Florida budget on hold

DeSantis banking on federal stimulus money as he puts Florida budget on hold

AdvertisementBy News Service of FloridaMay 12, 2020 at 9:18 amTALLAHASSEE — Florida’s next budget remains on hold pending another round of federal stimulus money, which could also dictate how state lawmakers readdress the spending plan.Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he has put off for the 2020-2021 fiscal year that was approved by the Legislature in March and is slated to take effect July 1.AdvertisementDeSantis said he is awaiting action from Washington, D.C., on another stimulus package to address the national economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Along with needing to sign...

May 12, 2020
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Florida superintendents warn of school 'catastrophe,’ seek federal aid

Florida superintendents warn of school 'catastrophe,’ seek federal aid

AdvertisementBy Orlando SentinelApr 29, 2020 at 11:22 amFlorida’s public schools, and the nation’s, face an “educational catastrophe” if federal aid isn’t pumped into their budgets to offset steep financial losses expected in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, school leaders wrote in a letter to Congress.Public schools need $200 billion in financial aid or could have to layoff 275,000 teachers nationwide, leading to an “educational catastrophe” that “could weaken the country’s economic foundation for years to come,” said the letter released Tuesday from the Council of the Great City...

April 29, 2020
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‘We’re completely broke’: Florida unemployment claims appear to fall even further behind

‘We’re completely broke’: Florida unemployment claims appear to fall even further behind

AdvertisementBy Orlando SentinelApr 10, 2020 at 5:22 pmTALLAHASSEE — In what was billed as Florida’s “test week” for its backlogged unemployment system, the state appears to be falling further behind, as hundreds of thousands continue to wait for benefits in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.“It’s only for $211, but I desperately need it,” said Deborah Collins, of Summerfield, just north of The Villages, who’s been trying to get benefits since mid-February, when the Aunt Fannie’s restaurant in Belleview where she worked as a server shut down after a fire.Advertisement“We’re completely...

April 11, 2020
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Legislator’s mom gets denied unemployment … so NOW he’s mad. | Commentary

Legislator’s mom gets denied unemployment … so NOW he’s mad. | Commentary

AdvertisementBy Orlando SentinelApr 07, 2020 at 4:54 pmFlorida’s unemployment system has been a dumpster fire for the better part of a decade.It denies benefits to those who earned them. (Fewer than 15% of unemployed workers often receive benefits at any given time.)AdvertisementIt provides some of the chintziest and shortest-lasting benefits in America.And the state’s $78 million online application system is a malfunctioning boondoggle that makes carrier pigeons look efficient.AdvertisementAll of this has been well-documented. By watchdogs, the media and even the the state’s own auditors...

April 8, 2020
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In this conservative Florida retirement community, support for Trump may be waning

In this conservative Florida retirement community, support for Trump may be waning

AdvertisementBy Associated PressMay 15, 2020 at 4:33 pmSUN CITY CENTER — President Donald Trump’s path to reelection runs through places like Sun City Center, a former cow pasture south of Tampa, Florida, that’s now home to a booming retirement community. But some residents in this conservative swath of America’s premier battleground are growing restless.Irvin Hilts is among them. The 72-year-old retiree voted for Trump in 2016 but has grown frustrated with the tumult surrounding his administration. His support for Trump collapsed entirely amid the coronavirus pandemic, which Hilts blames...

May 15, 2020
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