• UNEMPLOYMENT in Polk County registered at 3.1% in March, slightly higher than the statewide rate but 2.8 percentage points lower than the year-ago rate.
  • REP. SCOTT FRANKLIN co-sponsored a resolution to name a federal courthouse after the first Black justice on the Florida Supreme Court, but joined 184 other Republicans in defeating it. A Georgia representative lobbied against the resolution because the judge, Joseph Hatchett, wrote the majority opinion in a decision involving prayer at school graduations when he was a federal appeals court chief judge. (Subscribers-only story)

Source: The Ledger

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