Laura Cassels is a reporter, former statehouse bureau chief, and former city editor. She is a classical pianist, a Florida State University graduate and proud alum of the Florida Flambeau, an independent college newspaper. Contact her at [email protected]
Florida’s insurer of last resort faces hurricane season with reinsurance coverage shortfall
By: Laura Cassels - June 14, 2022
With multiple insurers cancelling policies in Florida, Citizens has been absorbing stranded policyholders at the rate of about 6,000 per week.
Protests against gun violence spread across the nation: What will come from it?
By: Danielle J. Brown, Diane Rado and Laura Cassels - June 12, 2022
A day after GOP lawmakers in the Legislature blocked a special session on expanded gun restrictions, Florida Democrats, other politicians, activists and citizens held rallies Saturday to protest continuing gun violence that has shocked the nation in recent weeks. The protests were scheduled from Alaska to Maine to Washington D.C. and down to Florida and […]
Amid property insurance crisis, mobile home owners and hurricane shelters get some attention
By: Laura Cassels - May 29, 2022
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Overshadowed by the statewide crisis in Florida’s property-insurance market, legislation to make mobile homes and manufactured homes safer during strong storms was signed into law Wednesday. The new law also lets state funding be used not only for retrofitting of hurricane shelters but also for construction of new ones. Sponsored by Palm […]
Florida seeks EPA help to prevent ‘catastrophic’ damage to wetlands
By: Laura Cassels - May 12, 2022
Federal environmental regulators should take over wetlands permitting in Florida to prevent “catastrophic” environmental damage where development and sensitive lands are in conflict, says Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried. At issue is a late-2020 decision, in the final months of the Trump administration, to transfer authority over wetlands permitting from the U.S. […]
FBI probes bomb threats against HBCUs, including Southern and Xavier
By: Laura Cassels - February 2, 2022
More than 20 FBI field offices around the nation are investigating a series of bomb threats characterized as “hate crimes” against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and unidentified “houses of worship” but have found no explosives at the sites, the agency announced Wednesday.
Obama at world climate conference: We are falling short
By: Laura Cassels - November 9, 2021
Returning to the world stage on climate change, former President Barack Obama on Monday told world leaders and young people gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, that time is running out to prevent life-threatening degradation of the planet’s climate, and he called on the world’s young people to demand better. “Collectively and individually, we are still falling […]
Americans in climate-threatened regions anxious for solutions from world summit
By: Laura Cassels - November 1, 2021
Flooded beach towns will be abandoned along millions of miles of coastlines. Islands will be inundated. It has already begun. Heat will become so oppressive that field workers can’t endure it and crops fail. It’s already happening. Huge wildfires will scorch millions of acres and spew toxic smoke plumes across swaths of the planet. Astronauts […]