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News stories impacting Florida.

Survey: Majority of Floridians Concerned About Nursing Home Costs

Sep 26, 2017
Nursing home
NICK TOMECEK / NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS VIA AP

Nearly three-fourths of Floridians are concerned about the costs of nursing-home care, with the worries highest among women,  according to results of the annual USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey released Tuesday by the University of South Florida.

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Appeal In Lambrix's Upcoming Execution

Sep 26, 2017
Rebekkah Mar / WUFT News

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously turned down an appeal by Death Row inmate Cary Michael Lambrix, who is scheduled to be executed Oct. 5 for killing two people in 1983 near LaBelle.

Jesse Romimora / flgov.com

Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders signaled Tuesday that addressing Florida's deadly opioid epidemic will be a high-profile issue during the 2018 session, with Scott saying he will propose spending $50 million on programs such as drug treatment.

Westwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
NICK TOMECEK / NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS VIA AP

Florida nursing-home officials are making it clear they think it is unrealistic --- if not impossible --- to carry out a demand by Gov. Rick Scott that facilities quickly install generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

Restoration Of Power Nears Completion In Most Of Florida

Sep 22, 2017
JEA

Power was back as of midday Friday for all but 13,735 homes and businesses in Florida, primarily in four counties that were hit hardest by Hurricane Irma on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, according to the state Division of Emergency Management.

At the peak, Irma knocked out electricity to 6.7 million homes and businesses.

A check at 3 p.m. Friday showed 10 customers listed without power on JEA’s outage map.

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott would like to see storm-battered Key West “open for business” within two weeks, but tourism officials marketing the southern end of U.S. 1 indicate it could take longer.

BAPTIST HEALTH
BAPTIST HEALTH

In a legal battle drawing attention from medical groups across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court could be close to deciding whether to hear a Florida case about the disclosure of medical records.

Flip Schulke / Via Flickr Commons

Florida has reopened 114 of the state parks that were closed for Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma Insurance Claims Top 450,000 in Florida

Sep 21, 2017
GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT'S OFFICE

Insurance claims continue to surge in the wake of Hurricane Irma's two-day trip through Florida last week.

As the world comes to grips with the unprecedented damage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, millions of Americans in the southeastern United States are working to rebuild their lives. Irma crossed into Georgia in the early morning hours of Monday, September 11, 2017. Over the next 24 hours, water inundated island and beach communities over 100 miles of coastline. Winds topping 69 miles per hour toppled trees and power lines. 1.1 million Georgians lost power and three lost their lives.

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