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Florida's Minimum Wage Increases
Today, Florida's minimum wage increases from $8.65 an hour to $10 an hour. The rate will increase incrementally each year until reaching $15 an hour — $11.98 for tipped workers — on Sept. 30, 2026. On Wednesday, Florida Senator Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a proposal that would allow employers to pay a lower “training” wage. Read more about that here.

Judge Asked to Reconsider Ruling on DeSantis Mask Order
Parents of children with disabilities on Wednesday asked a federal judge to reconsider a decision rejecting their request to block Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on mask mandates in schools. Read more here.

#FreeBritney
At Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon, Judge Brenda J. Penny decided to suspend Britney Spears' father, Jamie, as the conservator of his daughter's estate. According to The Associated Press, the judge said during the hearing, "The current arrangement is untenable. It reflects a toxic environment which requires the suspension of James Spears." Read more about it here.

House Passes A Bill To Avoid A Debt Default
Facing multiple deadlines, Democratic leaders in the House tried to make some headway — even if only symbolically — by passing a bill Wednesday that would suspend the nation's borrowing limit through mid-December of next year. Read more here.

Hurricane Season 2021
Meteorologists with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network say the activity in the tropics is not expected to be a major threat to the U.S. But swells from Hurricane Sam will be felt through Sunday on the Atlantic Coast. There are still two more months to go for hurricane season. You can stay updated by downloading the Florida Storms app.