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Diane Rado

Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

After Biden signs historic law to benefit FL and other states, DeSantis goes on diatribe on IRS

By: - August 17, 2022

A day after President Joe Biden signed historic legislation to tackle the climate crisis, promote clean energy, get tax credits for electric vehicles and save on family’s utility bills for Florida and other states, Gov. Ron DeSantis wanted to bash the IRS. At a news conference Wednesday scheduled about education, the governor first talked about […]

Monkeypox outbreak: Infections rising in teens and young adults; nearly 1,300 cases in FL

By: - August 15, 2022

Monkeypox cases have risen to 1,266 in Florida, with more teens and young adults infected in several counties in the outbreak, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. That said, the largest number of cases remain in South Florida, with 493 cases in Miami-Dade and 436 cases in Broward County. In all, 28 […]

Former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Largo home in South Florida raided Monday

By: - August 8, 2022

CNN, Bloomberg and other Florida media outlets have reported that the FBI “has executed a search warrant” Monday at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach. NBC reported that Trump, in an email statement said, in part, that: “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, […]

Monkeypox outbreak in FL is closing in on 1,000 cases

By: - August 8, 2022

As of Monday afternoon, the number of monkeypox cases in Florida has spread to 938, in 28 counties. The new cases come at a time when many K-12 schools will be opening this week, and thousands of students and staff will begin classes this month at Florida’s universities and community colleges. Three new counties were […]

Monkeypox cases jump to 877, with new FL cases in Leon and Alachua, home of college campuses

By: - August 6, 2022

Florida’s monkeypox cases have jumped to 877 in 25 counties, with South Florida cases expanding and Alachua and Leon counties — home of big college campuses — adding to the caseload for the first time. As of Saturday, the urban centers in South Florida posted the highest number of monkeypox cases: 346 in Miami-Dade County […]

Big states are declaring public emergencies over monkeypox, but no FL announcements yet

By: - August 2, 2022

In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a proclamation Monday, “declaring the monkeypox virus a public health emergency and declaring the state of Illinois a disaster area regarding the disease,” according to a press statement. Likewise, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a “proclamation of a state of emergency” Aug. 1 over the monkeypox outbreak. A few […]

U.S. Rep. Crist concerned about monkeypox cases likely to be higher than reported

By: - July 29, 2022

In a letter to Florida’s Surgeon General, Congressman Charlie Crist expressed concerns Friday about what’s being done to slow the spread of monkeypox. “I am hearing from gay and bisexual Floridians that they are experiencing difficulty getting tested, which means the number of cases is likely higher than those reported,” Crist wrote to Surgeon General […]

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Gubernatorial candidate Fried: ‘To allow assault weapons to be bought and sold by civilians is insane’

By: - July 29, 2022

After the passage of a ban on semi-automatic firearms Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, in her role as a 2022 gubernatorial candidate, said in statement that, “To allow assault weapons to be bought and sold by civilians is insane.” In the brief statement, Fried also commended Democratic colleagues […]

FL closing in on 400 monkeypox cases, mostly in large urban enclaves

By: - July 29, 2022

Florida is closing in on 400 monkeypox cases as of Friday, with the largest number of cases in South Florida and other urban settings. Data from the Florida Department of Health show monkeypox cases in 17 counties — roughly a quarter of the 67 counties in Florida. But those counties represent the largest population areas […]

U.S. leads the world in monkeypox cases, eclipsing nearly 80 countries where the disease occurs

By: and - July 28, 2022

The United States now leads the world in monkeypox cases where the disease has been detected, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a leap that has risen within a few months. The CDC reported 4,638 U.S. cases Thursday – the most out of 77 locations worldwide that have been […]

FL Agriculture Commissioner Fried asks DeSantis to stand up to ‘Nazi ideology’

By: - July 26, 2022

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Tuesday asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to condemn the weekend’s hateful demonstrations in Tampa, saying in a letter that “given the level of criticism you have directed at me over policy differences, it is deeply concerning that you cannot muster even a tweet against a group that glorifies genocide while […]

Monkeypox now a public health emergency of international concern; FL cases rank 3rd in the U.S.

By: - July 23, 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Saturday that the monkeypox outbreak that’s expanded globally is now a public health emergency of international concern. “In short, we have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little, and which meets the criteria in the International […]