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Casey DeSantis, wife of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

DeSantis announced his wife's cancer diagnosis in a statement on Monday.

"I am saddened to report that Florida's esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer," DeSantis said.

"As the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as first lady. As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will have not only have my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across our state."

The couple married in 2010 and have three children, Madison, Mason and Mamie.

According to MSN, Casey DeSantis is a former producer and Emmy award-winning television show host.

Twitter users are mostly supportive.
 

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A woman seen on the floor of a Duval County, Florida Regeneron antibody clinic is speaking out amid allegations that she is a "crisis actor."

A photo taken by another patient, Louie Lopez, at a temporary Regeneron clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, went viral on Reddit.com on Friday.

Toma Dean told ABC News she is "extremely sick" and she decided to lay down on the floor because she was "out of breath."

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She said she has been in and out of emergency rooms for the past two weeks, and was extremely sick when she arrived in Jacksonville for Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment on Wednesday.

Dean said there were no chairs at the makeshift treatment center, so she made the decision to lie down on the floor to rest until her appointment.

The viral photo sparked rumors that the two people seen on the floor were dead or dying. But others on social media said the two people were crisis actors.

Dean denied being a crisis actor or faking her illness to scare people into taking the vaccines.

"My choices were to stay in and run out of breath and not be able to [receive] the treatment, or sit down on the floor and patiently wait for the line to go through and be able to get the treatment that I need. So I chose to lay down on the floor, and make it through this line. If I had chosen to stand up in line, I'd never make it to the treatment. I'd have been back at an ER. So I laid on the floor, until they got wheelchairs over to assist us."

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis opened several Regeneron monoclonal antibody clinics in the state, including one in Lakeland in Polk County.

Regeneron monoclonal antibodies are human-made proteins that simulate antibodies in the human immune system.

According to Regeneron, REGEN-COV was designed specifically to fight infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The center in Jacksonville has ordered more wheelchairs to accommodate the long lines of people waiting for the antibody infusions.

Dean said her Regeneron treatment took four hours and it was "not a fast process." She thanked the facility's staff for being very supportive.

"The picture that's going around online -- it looks terrible, yes, but they were great there. The facility was great," Dean said.
 

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Texas is following the standards set by wide open Florida and Georgia by reopening businesses and lifting mask mandates.

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he is canceling the mask mandate and reopening all businesses in the state.

Abbott said all businesses will fully reopen starting March 10.

This is welcome news for business owners who suffered catastrophic losses during the coronavirus outbreak last year.

"Removing statewide mandates does not end personal responsibility," Abbott said. "It's just that now state mandates are no longer needed."

Texas is the largest state to lift mask mandates. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp canceled mask mandates early last year -- despite pushback from Democratic lawmakers in the state.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also canceled mask mandates and opened his state for business last year.

Florida and Georgia have lower death and infection rates when compared to lockdown states such as California and New York.

The CDC warned states should reopen slowly due to virus "variants" and "mutations" in the wild.

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The election is over, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expanding the state's controversial Stand Your Ground law to allow citizens to shoot looters and rioters.

DeSantis has drafted "anti-mob" legislation that expands Florida's Stand Your Ground law to allow armed citizens to gun down people causing property destruction and "criminal mischief" that disrupts a business, according to The Miami Herald.

Lawyers expressed alarm about the proposed legislation which they called unjustified vigilantism.

"It allows for vigilantes to justify their actions," said former Miami-Dade County prosecutor Denise Georges who handled Stand Your Ground cases.

Georges said citizens taking the law into their own hands and putting a slug in a looter's back is "cruel and unusual punishment."

"It also allows for death to be the punishment for a property crime -- and that is cruel and unusual punishment. We cannot live in a lawless society where taking a life is done so casually and recklessly."

Under the proposed law, prosecutors must prove by "clear and convincing" evidence that someone was not acting in self-defense" when they shoot a rioter or looter.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said Republican lawmakers like DeSantis are eager to be the next Donald Trump.

"It's clear that the Trump beauty pageant is still going on with governors and senators, who all want to be the next Trump. And the governor is clearly a very good contestant."

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