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Florida Battle for Ridesharing Regulations Nears End of Long Road

After a four-year battle in the Florida Legislature, lawmakers on Wednesday passed statewide regulations for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft that would undo a patchwork of local rules across the state. “Florida’s patchwork of ridesharing regulations is finally history,” …

Research Group Pegs Cost of Memphis Roads to Drivers at $2K a Year

A new report issued by a nonprofit organization says Memphis roads cost drivers more than any other in Tennessee. WMC-TV reports that national transportation research group TRIP evaluated road congestion and bad road conditions leading to car repairs or crashes …

Climate Change And The Nightmare Scenario for Florida’s Coastal Homeowners

On a predictably gorgeous South Florida afternoon, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason sat in his office overlooking the white-linen restaurants of this affluent seaside community and wondered when climate change would bring it all to an end. He figured it would involve a boat. …

North Carolina Appeals Court Refuses to Revive UNC Academic Sham Suit

A North Carolina appeals court won’t revive a lawsuit by two former athletes who say they were harmed by sham classes at the University of North Carolina. The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a Charlotte-area judge properly …

Velocity Risk Underwriters Launches Landlords Policy in Florida

Velocity Risk Underwriters has expanded its Florida products to include a landlords policy for rental properties (DP-3) for annual, seasonal, and vacation rentals. Velocity’s homeowners programs in Florida utilizes Texas-based State National Insurance Company. Velocity offers statewide coverage with a …

Florida’s New Tactic to Fight Zika: Release of 20K Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes

Thousands of bacteria-infected mosquitoes were released in the wild Tuesday near Key West, testing a new way to kill mosquitoes that carry Zika and other viruses. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District released 20,000 male mosquitoes infected by the Kentucky-based …

Officials Warn of Possible Evacuations in Georgia as Okefenokee Wildfire Spreads

Georgia residents on the western edge of the Okefenokee Swamp have been warned to prepare for potential evacuations from an approaching wildfire that has burned more than 30 square miles (80 square kilometers) of public lands nearby. A lightning strike …

Tennessee to Replace Guardrails Involved in Fatal Crashes

Tennessee is preparing to replace numerous guardrail parts after the state determined that a certain model of end piece didn’t work as intended in at least two fatal crashes. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Tennessee plans to remove and …

Florida Wildfires Burn More Than 126K Acres So Far in 2017

At least 126,000 acres have burned in wildfires across Florida since January, surpassing the five-year average of acreage burned in a typical year, officials said. Florida’s fire season peaks this month, during the driest part of the year in the …

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by Florida Floating Home Owner

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Florida man’s latest appeal in a landmark case involving the seizure and destruction of his floating home. The justices denied without comment Fane Lozman’s petition asking them to enforce their 2013 ruling …

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