National Guard

Congress clears $521M to pay for National Guard costs tied to Jan. 6 attack

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed $521 million to reimburse the National Guard for providing 26,000 troops to protect the Capitol after the Jan. 6 riot — an unexpected expense that was poised to result in training cutbacks for Guard units across the country. The National Guard Bureau used its budget to pay for the […]

U.S. Capitol Police officer who died had 18-year career; suspect who died had suffered from ‘paranoia’

BY: and - April 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police officer who died Friday after a driver slammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol is William “Billy” Evans, who was a longtime member of the force. “Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years. He began his USCP service on […]

State health leaders appeal to Congress for more vaccines, better communication, increased funding

BY: - February 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — State health officials in several states had a clear answer when asked this week what they need to better vaccinate their residents: More doses, more information to guide their planning, and more money to pay for the mammoth undertaking. That guidance from state leaders came during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee […]

State capitals, including Tallahassee, are bracing for potential violence on Sunday

BY: - January 17, 2021

Update: A small number of counter-protesters showed up outside the Florida Capitol complex at around 2 p.m. but expressed surprise at the lack of people protesting Donald Trump’s election defeat. “You were brainwashed by a fascist,” their sign read. There was one problem: They’d attached their placard to a baseball bat. Police made them return […]

More than 21,000 Guard members from across the country are headed to D.C., and numbers may grow

BY: - January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Wednesday’s presidential inauguration ceremony may have a scaled-down audience due to the pandemic, but the security presence on hand to ensure it goes smoothly will be supersized. At least 21,000 National Guard men and women — from states across the country, plus three territories and the District of Columbia — will provide security […]

Election Day in-person voting was mostly smooth, but tensions have been rising

BY: and - November 3, 2020

Throughout Election Day, Florida voters have had a relatively calm experience at the polls — but tensions have been brewing over myriad complications: U.S Department of Justice staffers are in Florida to monitor for violations of federal voting rights law involving six counties: Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange and Palm Beach; A federal judge instructed […]

Librarians, national guard recruited for states’ new contact tracing armies

BY: - May 22, 2020

As states seek to loosen wide-ranging restrictions imposed to constrain the novel coronavirus, they’re also looking to deploy a huge new fleet of workers to keep cases under control. Enter the contact tracers. With interpersonal contact certain to increase as states lift COVID-19 restrictions, tracing who the infected people had contact with — and then […]

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Andrew Gillum says in the wake of the storm, it may be time to review building codes again

BY: - October 15, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum said Monday that in the wake of Hurricane Michael’s devastation, it might be time to review the building codes in that part of the state. “I’ve seen some of the homes in Mexico Beach where you’ve got homes that have basically stood intact. What I would be curious about is, […]