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Minimum Wage Hike, Vaping Changes Take Effect This Week
Minimum wage workers in Florida will get a voter-approved pay boost this week, while about two dozen new laws kick in, including a regulatory framework for electronic cigarettes. See a breakdown of the changes here.
DeSantis Targets Facebook Over ‘Whitelisting’
On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis directed Secretary of State Laurel Lee to conduct an investigation into alleged election interference by Facebook after a Wall Street Journal report about the social-media company. Read more here.
What Should Happen To The Champlain Towers South Site?
As engineers investigate what caused the Champlain Towers South condo building to collapse about three months ago, tensions keep growing over what purpose the site should serve. Some grieving family members say the land is a sacred space and should be sold to become a memorial to honor the dead. The judge overseeing the property’s sale, however, is moving ahead with a different plan. Read more here.
A Tallahassee Doctor Is Fighting The State Following A Marijuana Sting Operation
A physician who orders medical marijuana for patients is accusing state health officials of breaking the law to create fake records in a sting operation involving an investigator falsely posing as a military veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more here.
R. Kelly Found Guilty Of Racketeering And Sex Trafficking
After more than 25 years of accusations and a federal court trial in New York that lasted seven weeks, R&B singer R. Kelly was been found guilty of charges including sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, racketeering and sex trafficking involving five victims Monday. He faces a possible sentence of 10 years to life in prison. Read more here.
Senate Republicans Block Government Funding Bill In A Battle Over The Debt Limit
The government is on the brink of a partial shutdown after Senate Republicans blocked debate on a bill that would have simultaneously funded the government and suspended the nation's borrowing limit. Read more here. You can also enjoy in-depth politics coverage and analysis with the NPR Politics Podcast.