Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.
Recent Stories from Joe Byrnes
DeSantis says he’ll try to thwart FBI investigations of parents threatening school officials in Florida
Gov. Ron DeSantis says local law enforcement can handle any complaints and that the Justice Department is trying to silence parents.
A recent survey by three national trade organizations found that the bus driver shortage is a problem for 99% of school districts. And 51% consider it a “severe” or “desperate” concern.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is requesting $6.8 million for restoration and rescue efforts as a record 968 manatees have died this year in the state. Poor water quality in the Indian River Lagoon has led to harmful algae blooms and a widespread loss of seagrass. That caused manatees there for warmth in the winter to starve. Brevard County State Representative Thad Altman spelled out the “death spiral” at a committee hearing Tuesday morning. “Restoration is not working,” he said, “because the water quality that killed the seagrasses to begin with is still there. We literally have a catastrophe on our hands.” The new funding request includes more than $3.6 million to expand rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Melissa Tucker, …
In a tweet, Sen. Keith Perry says he aims to create a prison environment where “people leave better than when they came in.”
The study by IHS Markit projects a shortfall of 12% among RN’s and 30% among licensed practical nurses by 2035.
It was one of 120 Rosenwald schools in Florida and thousands across the segregated South built to educate Black children.
Three hundred ninety-four names have been added to the memorial, including 295 who died last year. Among those, 62 percent were killed by COVID-19.