State’s jobless rate goes down to 5.6 percent

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s unemployment rate dipped slightly from January to February with Gov. Rick Scott continuing his focus...

Governor appoints Tampa pastor to Elections Commission

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed the Rev. Dr. Thomas Scott to the Florida Elections Commission. Scott, 61, of Tampa, is the senior pastor at 34th...

Mental health scrutinized

Lawmakers may increase coordination, funding BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – As Florida lawmakers study the impact of mental illness on the state’s...

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

Funkin’ in Miami Gardens Trumpeter Tom Browne was one of a stellar group of performers appearing at the 10th annual Jazz in the Gardens music...

Zimmerman blames media, Obama, system

BY RENE STUTZMAN ORLANDO SENTINEL / TNS ORLANDO – In his first public comments since the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would not prosecute him...

Senate panel approves school gun bill

Measure would allow designated workers or volunteers to carry weapons BY MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A Florida Senate panel on Monday approved...

There’s still hope for survival of St. Pete’s only African-American museum

BY SAMUEL JOHNSON SPECIAL TO THE COURIER The fate of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum is looking less gloomy as of late. St....

Reduction in real-estate lease tax approved

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A Senate committee Monday approved a plan that would reduce from 6 percent to 5 percent a tax on commercial...

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS 2015

Miami Gardens marks 10 years of ‘Jazz’ Jazz in the Gardens has become one of Black Florida’s largest events and celebrates its 10th anniversary this...

State Senate committee OKs online voter registration

FROM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee approved legislation Tuesday that would allow Florida voters to register online...

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