S. Court seeks comments on judicial appointment question July 15, 2006 Regular News S. Court seeks comments on judicial appointment question The Florida Supreme Court is seeking input on the request for an advisory opinion from Gov. Jeb Bush on filing an upcoming vacancy on the First District Court of Appeal.On June 20, Bush asked the court for an interpretation on choosing a replacement for Judge Richard Ervin III, who must retire because of age when his term ends in January.Although the seat won’t be vacant until January, Bush asked for a determination if a constitutional vacancy exists now, since Ervin did not qualify to seek retention. If so, that would allow Bush to begin the judicial nominating commission process and name Ervin’s successor before the governor leaves office in January.In a June 28 order, the court said it would provide an advisory opinion. It invited all interested parties to file comments on or before July 18. A copy must be served on the governor and an original and eight copies must be filed with the court. In addition, under the court’s order in In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, AOSC04-84, a copy of all comments must also be filed in an electronic format, as provided in the order.
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Statewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 581 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 today. A total of 29,274 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 195,738 tests have been reported to ISDH at a 15% positive rate and 38 new deaths were reported for a total of 1,716Hoosiers have died to date.Locally, no new cases or deaths were reported for two straight days. Decatur County has a total of 220 positive cases and 31 deaths, Franklin County has 106 positive cases and 7 deaths, and Ripley County has 108 positive cases and 6 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.