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Florida Forest Service launches “Be Wildfire Ready” campaign to educate Panhandle residents

On Feb. 25, the Florida Forest Service announced the launch of a wildfire prevention initiative aimed at educating residents
Florida’s Historic Capitol is turned purple to promote Alzheimer’s Awareness at the 2020 Alzheimer’s Rally in Tally.

Alzheimer’s advocates to gather virtually for annual ‘Rally in Tally’

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, this year’s Alzheimer’s “Rally in Tally” – March 9-11 – will be in a virtual format
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FWC approves rule changes to help protect Florida from 16 high-risk invasive reptiles

FWC approves staff recommendations to create new rules to address the importation, breeding and possession of high-risk invasive reptiles.
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Free electronic filing options for military members and their families

Active duty military personnel have multiple options for free federal tax preparation

Highlands County Heritage Festival planned at Lockett Estate

BASSINGER  -- The historic Edna Pearce Lockett Estate will be the site for the 2021 Highlands County Heritage Festival.

Red Cross offers free virtual preparedness classes for older adults, children and their families

The South Florida Red Cross launched its ‘Be Red Cross Ready’ preparedness classes virtually.
Schools

Florida soars on Advanced Placement performance

Florida vaulted to #2 in the nation for successful Advanced Placement (AP) performance, with 34.2% of the graduating class of 2020 scoring a 3 or higher...

Virtual series to educate on septic, well water systems

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will host a webinar series about wells and septic
Government
The IRS urges taxpayers whose identities may have been used by thieves to steal unemployment benefits to file a tax return In 2020, millions of …
On Thursday, Jan. 28, the Village of Indiantown council approved a resolution to take all steps necessary to rename Magnolia Street as E. Thelma Waters Street...
Opinion
Social Security Matters

National Social Security Advisor at the AMAC Foundation Russell Gloor answers questions about Social Security.

Social Security Matters

Weather

Eta was rare November surprise for South & SW Florida and the Keys

Now that the water has receded and the cleanup is underway, let’s take a closer look at Eta’s track as well as how rare of an event...

Nation & World

UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday as they sought to break up protests against the military’s seizure of power, and a U.N. human rights …

Purim celebrations threaten fresh virus outbreak in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Mass gatherings took place in Jerusalem on Sunday as Israelis celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim in violation of coronavirus restrictions. Authorities had been concerned …

Nigerian families await news of 300 kidnapped schoolgirls

JANGEBE, Nigeria (AP) — Families in Nigeria waited anxiously for news of their abducted daughters after more than 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped by gunmen from a government school in the country's …

Israel approves plan to vaccinate West Bank laborers

Israel on Sunday announced plans to vaccinate tens of thousands of Palestinians who work inside Israel and its West Bank settlements, at a time of vast disparities in access to vaccines between the …
State

Officials: 1 dead in Florida single-engine plane crash

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — One person died when a single-engine plane crashed into the brush near a South Florida airport on Sunday, according to authorities. The Luscombe 8A went down toward the end …

Trump calls for GOP unity, says he won't start another party

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Taking the stage for the first time since leaving office, former President Donald Trump on Sunday called for Republican Party unity in a speech at a conservative political …

NTSB to investigate missing plane in Florida

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday that it is investigating the crash of a single-engine plane off the coast of Boca Raton. The NTSB tweeted that …

As Florida lawmakers reconvene, pandemic casts large shadow

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers gavel into session Tuesday amid a pandemic that will play a starring role on their agenda and influence how they conduct business over the next two …