Thursday, May 25, 2017

Orlando's Haitian community calls on Trump to keep his promise

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 8:23 AM

As they stood in front of Universal Studios in Orlando this week, the local Haitian community chanted one message for President Donald Trump: "Keep your promise." Haitian refugees say they want the Trump administration to continue expanding immigration protections into the long term. Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security...

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Rick Scott vetoes bill to tear down Florida's 'liquor wall'

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 7:44 AM

Pointing to concerns about preserving small-business jobs, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a heavily debated and lobbied measure that supporters said would repeal a relic of the nation's emergence from Prohibition. The so called “liquor wall” law, which requires hard spirits to be sold in separate facilities from most...

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bizarre WFTV segment calls Lake Eola a terrorist 'soft target'

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Following Monday's bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K., local television station WFTV stated in an extraordinary segment, that on any given day, downtown's Lake Eola Park could be a target for terrorists. In the segment, "Security expert breaks down safety at Orlando venues, parks," WFTV's Karla Ray calls...

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Major Florida marijuana grower and processor changes hands

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 3:09 PM

A Canadian-backed firm will take over management of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, one of Florida's seven medical marijuana operators, the companies announced Wednesday. The deal involving Aphria Inc., a marijuana grower and processor based in Ontario, and Chestnut Hill comes on the verge of a massive expansion of Florida's medical-marijuana market, sparked...

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Trump budget would eliminate Amtrak in Florida

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 2:24 PM

President Donald Trump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 calls for some of the most aggressive spending cuts the country has seen in years. Among those cuts, the Trump budget proposes reducing Amtrak's funding by 50 percent. Amtrak says the budget cuts would shut down service in 23 states, including Florida....

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The Pro Bowl will return to Camping World Stadium in 2018

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 2:09 PM

The Pro Bowl is coming back to Orlando. The NFL announced today that the all-stars of the AFC and NFC conferences will again face off at Camping World stadium on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Of course, Mayor Buddy Dyer was thrilled: The game does have an incredible impact on the Orlando...

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Mental health organization still needs funding for Pulse counseling

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 12:54 PM

After a tragedy, some people immediately go out and find counseling services to help them through the grief. Others, like Pulse survivor Dylan Kratky, may take some time and a push a friend to get there. Kratky, who goes by the stage name Milan D'Marco, was working as a dancer...

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Trump gave Pope Francis a sculpture made by a Florida artist

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 11:41 AM

While visiting the Vatican Wednesday, President Donald Trump, a man who once referred to Pope Francis as "disgraceful," gave His Holiness a first-edition set of writings from Martin Luther King Jr. and a bronze sculpture created by a Florida artist. "Rising Above," by Stuart, Florida, artist Geoffrey C. Smith, portrays...

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Florida judge backs two more medical marijuana licenses

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 8:34 AM

In a long-awaited decision, an administrative law judge Tuesday called for the state to issue two new licenses to medical marijuana operators, saying competing businesses —- which lost out to another operator selected by Florida health officials in 2015 —- were virtually tied. Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham's recommended...

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Judge asks Christina Grimmie's family for amended complaint in lawsuit

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 9:55 PM

An Orange County judge is asking the family of the late Christina Grimmie to file an amended complaint after dismissing their original lawsuit against the owners of the Orlando venue where "The Voice" singer was killed last year. Grimmie, 22, was fatally shot three times on June 10, 2016 at...

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