Forrest Saunders, WPTV

Forrest Saunders


Tallahassee, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Forrest:

Parents in school masking suit say they're fighting for the future

The first major legal battle over the governor’s mask mandate ban in public schools is slow going. → Read More

Some lawmakers eyeing repeal of transgender athlete ban in 2022

There’s a growing effort to repeal one of Florida’s most controversial new laws in 2022. → Read More

Lawmakers push Florida Health for more COVID-19 data

Members of a Senate panel pushed for more COVID-19 data from Florida Health officials, Wednesday. → Read More

Florida issues $3.57 million fine to Leon County for defying vaccine mandate ban

State officials notified Leon County by letter on Tuesday of a massive $3.57 million penalty for defying Florida's vaccine mandate ban under new state law. → Read More

State's tourism bureau aims to 'get Florida on top' before 2024

The state's tourism bureau chief says she expected to beat recovery expectations after the economic shutdown of 2020 delivered a gut punch to the state's largest industry. → Read More

Is 2022 the swan song for Florida's state bird?

Florida may have a new state bird come 2022. Several lawmakers want to toss out the common mockingbird, which has held the top spot since 1927. → Read More

Florida lawmaker aims to boost prison education with virtual learning

A Florida lawmaker wants to improve state prisoner education programs and reduce recidivism rates as a result. → Read More

State may offset federal aid to Florida schools defying mask mandate ban

The state is turning up the heat on school districts not complying with the governor's mask mandate ban. → Read More

US surgeon general advocates vaccine mandates as Gov. Ron DeSantis fights them

The nation's surgeon general was pushing vaccine mandates Thursday as effective, supported, and needed to get Florida out of the COVID pandemic. → Read More

State poised for further punishment on masking; schools 'have faith' federal aid will continue

Another round of punishment could be coming to Florida schools defying the governor's mask mandate ban. → Read More

Biden officials say federal funding stream 'now open' for Florida's defiant school districts

"The funding stream is now open," federal officials said Friday as they continued their effort to reimburse Florida schools penalized for not complying with the governor’s mask mandate ban. → Read More

Gov. Ron DeSantis seeks to circumvent federal government, buy monoclonals from drugmaker

Florida’s governor isn’t happy now that the Biden Administration is taking over monoclonal antibody distribution. The Republican said, Thursday, he’s worried the state won’t get enough. → Read More

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried urges Florida to speed up distribution of federal COVID relief dollars

Florida still has billions in unspent federal pandemic relief. Wednesday— critics attacked the governor for a slow rollout asking, what’s the holdup? → Read More

Florida's mask mandate ban for public schools back in effect, for now

The mask mandate ban is back in effect for Florida's public schools. That's after the state filed a notice to appeal Thursday evening. → Read More

Could Texas-style abortion law come to Florida in 2022?

Texas now has one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws-- banning them when a heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks. Is Florida next? → Read More

State leaders reflect on COVID-19 death toll as Florida nears 45,000 lives lost

The COVID pandemic has taken nearly 45,000 Florida lives since January 2020. Wednesday morning, Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried reflected on the grim milestone with a moment of silence. → Read More

Attorneys warn state to cease enforcement of mask mandate ban in public schools

State officials say they will continue to enforce the governor's mask mandate ban in public schools despite a soon-to-be-in-effect court ruling that found it unlawful. → Read More

Gov. Ron DeSantis remains confident in appeal of ruling on school masks

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis reaffirmed Monday his intent to appeal a judge's decision to block Florida's mask mandate ban in public schools. → Read More

Judge to decide fate of Florida's mask mandate ban in public schools

In less than 24 hours, a judge will decide if Florida’s mask mandate ban for public schools holds up in court. → Read More

Lawsuit challenging Florida's mask mandate ban in schools wraps day two

As more districts flout the governor’s mask mandate ban in public schools, the lawsuit challenging it continued Tuesday. → Read More