Jim Saunders - News Service of Florida Reporter, News Service of Florida email
Jim has been executive editor of the News Service of Florida since 2013 and has covered state government and politics in Florida since 1998. Jim came to the News Service in 2011 after stints as Tallahassee bureau chief for The Florida Times-Union, The Daytona Beach News-Journal and Health News Florida.
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The Turkey Point nuclear plant is south of Miami. | Lynne Sladky, AP
July 9, 2024

Florida regulators look to add nuclear power

Nuclear plants generate about 13% of Florida’s electricity, but the state hasn’t had new plants since the 1970s and 1980s.…

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A protester confronts police in Miami. | Al Diaz, Miami Herald
June 21, 2024

Justices say peaceful protests are OK under riot law

Siding with the state and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Supreme Court rejected arguments that the law is ambiguous.…

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June 20, 2024

Citizens Insurance seeks 14% rate hike in 2025

Although Florida’s property insurance market is improving, Citizens still hopes to reduce its number of policies.…

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A statue of a gator appears outside Heavener Hall at the University of Florida in Gainesville. | Brooke Johnson, Fresh Take Florida
June 6, 2024

Florida justices consider UF’s COVID shutdown

A University of Florida graduate student wants a refund for services that were not provided during a COVID-19 campus shutdown…

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A Florida appeals court has ruled that the Delaware attorney general can pursue a lawsuit about whether Delaware is being shortchanged due to Nemours children's hospitals in Florida and other states. | Nemours Children's Health
June 4, 2024

Nemours lawsuit continues in fight over duPont money

An appeals court cleared the way for a lawsuit from Alfred I. duPont’s native state, Delaware.…

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Rescue personnel search for people who may need help in Mexico Beach, one day after Hurricane Michael made landfall near the area in 2018. | Gerald Herbert, AP
May 31, 2024

Florida’s property insurance market seems to be improving

The AM Best financial-rating agency says Florida’s property insurance market is showing signs of improvement — but that time will…

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Tampa Electric's Big Bend power plant. | Luis Santana, Tampa Bay Times
May 24, 2024

Florida begins to repeal renewable energy goals

A proposal from the state says the goals are “no longer necessary” as Florida deemphasizes greenhouse gas emissions in state…

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Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane in October 2018 near Mexico Beach. | Mike Braun, WGCU Public Media
May 22, 2024

Florida utilities grapple with unpredictable storms

The increased intensity and unpredictability of hurricanes is making storm preparation more difficult — and expensive.…

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The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. | News Service of Florida
May 20, 2024

Jacksonville’s strip club law set for court hearing

A federal appeals court will consider whether it’s constitutional to bar dancers under age 21 in adult establishments.…

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Daryl Jones, board chairman of the Transformative Justice Coalition, advocates for voter rights in June 2023. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
May 17, 2024

Federal judge tosses part of Florida’s elections law

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker blocked part of a 2023 law that restricts voter registration groups.…

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Gilberto Lujano, 49, wipes sweat from his face after while working on a roof on May 2, 2023, in Homestead. | Matias J. Ocner, Miami Herald
May 14, 2024

Heat risks increase for workers in the South, study says

After Florida lawmakers this year barred local heat protections for workers, a new study concludes that excessive heat puts their…

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Members of the LGBTQ community protested the gender-affirming care ban at a medical board meeting. | Daylina Miller, WUSF Pubic Media
May 8, 2024

Florida challenges feds on gender-affirming care

Florida says a federal health care rule clashes with the state’s efforts to restrict treatments for transgender people.…

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May 2, 2024

State defends North Florida congressional map

Attorneys say a previous plan, creating a majority Black district, was illegally based on race.…

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This redistricting plan pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis eliminated the old Congressional District 5, a Black-majority district that stretched from Jacksonville to west of Tallahassee.
April 25, 2024

Groups seek new review of North Florida redistricting

Voting rights groups say a plan pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis was racially motivated.…

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April 11, 2024

Questions raised in Florida immigration fight

A federal appeals court is looking at whether Florida can legally challenge Biden administration immigration policies.…

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Florida State University's football team plays at Doak Campbell Stadium. | News Service of Florida
April 10, 2024

Judge refuses to halt FSU’s lawsuit against ACC

Florida State University contends it would owe $500 million in penalties to exit the Atlantic Coast Conference.…

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April 9, 2024

Abortion ballot issue might not end legal fights

Three Supreme Court justices warned about legal fights if the abortion rights amendment passes in Florida.…

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on Jan. 9, 2024. | Gary McCullough, AP
April 4, 2024

Six issues headed to the November ballot

Floridians will consider six proposed constitutional amendments including abortion rights, recreational marijuana and partisan school board elections.…

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Hundreds rally at the Duval County Courthouse on June 24, 2022, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today.
April 1, 2024

Voters will decide whether to guarantee abortion rights

The Florida Supreme Court approved an abortion rights amendment for the ballot, but the court also allowed a six-week abortion…

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March 29, 2024

Supreme Court decisions likely Monday on abortion and pot

The Florida Supreme Court is considering whether constitutional amendments on abortion rights and recreational marijuana should appear on the ballot.…

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A transgender teacher at Lennard High School is seeking an injunction against a law that restricts pronouns and titles that educators can use in Florida public schools. | Hillsborough County Public Schools
March 28, 2024

Judge to consider Florida’s school pronoun restrictions

A lawsuit contends the restrictions violate a federal civil rights law and the First Amendment.…

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LGBTQ+ advocates gather before a Duval School Board meeting. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
March 12, 2024

Settlement reached over Florida’s parental rights law

The state settled a lawsuit over a law that critics call “Don’t Say Gay.” The settlement allows LGBTQ+ references in…

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The Florida Legislature approved a bill that would prevent children under age 16 from opening social media accounts without their parents' permission.
March 7, 2024

How your legislators voted on social media crackdown

The Florida Legislature has approved a bill that seeks to keep children off social media platforms. Gov. Ron DeSantis is…

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March 5, 2024

Appeals court rejects Florida’s ‘Stop WOKE’ restrictions

The three-judge panel said restrictions on workplace training violate First Amendment rights.…