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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rick Singh sues political action committees for 'smear campaign' during election

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 5:11 PM

Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh is suing political action committees and their anonymous supporters for running a "smear campaign" against him during the 2016 election. Singh announced the lawsuit on Tuesday with his lawyers, former judge Belvin Perry and Frank Kruppenbacher, two attorneys who work at the Orlando-based law firm Morgan...

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Michelle Obama will give keynote speech at Orlando conference this week

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 1:37 PM

The former First Lady will be in Orlando this week for a speaking engagement at the Orange County Convention Center. Michelle Obama will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Conference on Architecture organized by the American Institute of Architects on Thursday at 12:50 pm. AIA has booked Mrs. Obama to speak...

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Pulse owner will unveil plans for permanent memorial

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 1:16 PM

The owner of the gay nightclub Pulse will be unveiling plans for a permanent memorial at the site where a gunman killed 49 people during "Latin Night" in a mass shooting last June. Barbara Poma, who is the executive director and CEO of the onePULSE Foundation, opened the club...

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New report finds anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in Florida

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. surged last year and one of the most massive increases occurred in the Sunshine State. According to its annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the Anti-Defamation League found that there were 137 verified incidents of anti-Semitism in Florida in 2016, an increase over the previous year’s 91....

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You will soon be able to fly direct to Haiti from Orlando International Airport

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 12:46 PM

Two airlines will soon be flying direct to Haiti out of Orlando International. During today's Board of Commissioners bi-monthly meeting, President of the Board, Orange County mayor Theresa Jacobs, announced that the month of May will be known as "Haitian Heritage Month." This announcement was accented with the news that...

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Rick Scott will sign bill with new regulations for Uber and Lyft

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 11:42 AM

Gov. Rick Scott took to Twitter on Monday to announce his plans to approve a bill that will place new regulations on ridesharing apps, like Uber and Lyft. The bill, HB 221, sets minimum insurance levels for "transportation network companies," requiring that these digital apps cover accident insurance for its...

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Florida town plans to fly Confederate flag at City Hall to 'honor history'

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 11:23 AM

In honor of the biggest sore losers in American history, the town of Belleview, Florida, will hang a Confederate flag this week at their City Hall for National Confederate Day. Ignoring any racist connotations that most definitely accompany the flag, the local Sons of Confederate Veterans unit will hoist the Confederate...

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State Department under fire for promoting Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 10:31 AM

The U.S. State Department has come under fire this week for promoting Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach golf club and resort owned by President Donald Trump. In a blog post published on ShareAmerica, which creates content for U.S. embassies and consulates around the world as part of a federal program, Trump's for-profit...

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Florida House, Senate feud over budget as session winds down

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 9:41 AM

The legislative session appeared to careen off course Monday, as the House prepared to pass its second budget of the year —- a plan Senate leaders have already ruled out as "ineffectual." The showdown between the two chambers came with just eight days to go until lawmakers would be forced...

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State lawmakers seek changes to Forever Florida funding

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 9:38 AM

More money would be set aside for land conservation under a House bill rolled out Monday, with some environmentalists contending the proposal could hinder Senate President Joe Negron's push to speed construction of a water-cleaning reservoir in the Everglades. House Government Accountability Chairman Matt Caldwell, whose committee unanimously approved the...

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