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The University of North Florida and Nemours children’s health system certified its first-ever students Friday in an animal therapy program called Assisted Dog and Pony Therapy (ADAPT).

St. Augustine Confederate Memorial Set On Fire, Vandalized

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A Confederate memorial that was recently moved from downtown St. Augustine to the Trout Creek Fish Camp has been the target of vandalism.

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Ascension St. Vincent’s announced Friday that it was again relaxing some of its patient visitor restrictions because of a decline in the number of COVID-19 patients in the community.

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Bright Horizons Early Education & Preschool has informed Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and the state that due to “natural disaster,” it is laying off 89 workers.

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The city issued a permit Sept. 24 for Ruby Beach Brewing Co. to renovate space for its Downtown brewery in The Letter Shop Building at 228 E. Forsyth St.

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Confusion over mail-in ballots. Early voting. Rumors swirl on social media about how our votes could be tampered with.

Just what can we expect in the upcoming election? We talk with elections experts about what Floridians should expect to see given the close presidential races in the past.

Voting used to be simple: On Election Day, you went to your voting precinct.

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Then stay tuned to the news to see who wins.

That is so 20th century.

TALLAHASSEE --- Gov. Ron DeSantis thinks students who attend Florida’s 12 state universities should be able to socialize without worrying about getting thrown out of school.

To that end, DeSantis said Thursday he’s willing to consider a college students’ “bill of rights” that would preclude state universities from taking actions against students who are enjoying themselves.

The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to questions about when he might issue the “bill of rights” or whether it would be done through an executive order.

Panama City Beach police officers will soon begin using body cams while out on patrol.

City Council members unanimously voted on Thursday to spend almost $268,000 on 60 body cams for the city’s police department. Funding for the new technology was included in next year’s budget.

Police Chief Drew Whitman says he expects officers will begin using the cameras when responding to calls in November. After the department receives the equipment and software, he says, they’ll learn how to use the technology and still protect people’s privacy.

Rick Scott Proposes Nationwide Vote-By-Mail Policies

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Florida U.S. Senator Rick Scott wants to create national standards for vote-by-mail systems. He believes the changes would protect against voter fraud. One proposal would establish a deadline for mail-in ballots to be requested at least 21 days prior to the election date. Former Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho says the proposal may work in other states but would set Florida back.

Schools across the state are back in session with some students in brick and mortar classrooms and others attending online.

But when it comes to music education, federal and state policy makers don't have much to say.

So these teachers are turning to organizations like the National Association for Music Education for guidance on how to safely move forward with extracurriculars that could contribute to spreading the coronavirus.

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A federal judge in Montana has ousted President Trump's top public lands official.

The ruling blocks William Perry Pendley from continuing to serve as the temporary head of the Bureau of Land Management, a post he's held for more than a year.

The judge ruled in response to a lawsuit filed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock who argued it's illegal for Pendley to lead the agency because he'd never been confirmed by the Senate.

Just two days after announcing that they have contracted the coronavirus, Republican Gov. Mike Parson and his wife, Teresa Parson, have reassured Missourians that they still plan to host their annual fall festival next month.

"WE WILL BE PROCEEDING WITH THIS EVENT," the first lady wrote in all caps on Twitter.

Republicans expect President Trump to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next nominee to the Supreme Court, according to a source with knowledge of the process, but the source cautioned that Trump could change his mind.

The source declined to be named, because the individual was not authorized to confirm the selection before the president announced it.

The White House declined comment.

Novavax, a vaccine maker in Maryland, is becoming the 10th coronavirus vaccine candidate to enter the final phase of testing, called phase 3.

The trial is taking place in the U.K., where researchers plan to enroll up to 10,000 adults of various ages in the next four to six weeks. Half the participants will get a placebo and half will get the company's vaccine.

At least a quarter of participants will be over the age of 65, the company says, and it will also "prioritize groups that are most affected by COVID-19, including racial and ethnic minorities."

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The Trump administration has cleared the way to open the country's largest national forest to more development and logging.

In a revised environmental impact study made public on Friday, the Department of Agriculture recommends granting a "full exemption" for the Tongass National Forest, which covers some 25,000 square miles in southeastern Alaska.

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