Saturday, April 22, 2017

Florida lawmakers move closer on solar tax break

Posted By on Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The House and Senate are set to take up proposals that would carry out a voter-approved expansion of a renewable-energy tax break, as bill language appears to have become more agreeable to solar proponents. Gone from a House proposal (HB 1351) is a controversial provision that would have allowed the...

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Florida Supreme Court approves ballot question on voting rights for ex-felons

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 6:12 PM

The Florida Supreme Court approved language for a ballot question that could restore the voting rights of the majority of the state's 1.6 million ex-felons. The Voting Restoration Amendment would restore the voting rights of convicted felons who've completed their sentences, including parole or probation. Felons who've been convicted of murder...

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Florida ethics commission clears Pam Bondi over Donald Trump donation

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 4:22 PM

The Florida Commission on Ethics cleared Attorney General Pam Bondi over a complaint filed against her for soliciting a campaign donation from President Donald Trump while investigating alleged fraud at Trump University. The Associated Press reports the ethics panel rejected several complaints against Bondi on Friday that were filed by Whitfield Larrabee,...

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Record Store Day returns to Orlando Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 4:19 PM

Record Store Day is here again! With both a staggering list of exclusive releases of varying degrees of quality (hey, if anyone wants to drop that Meredith Monk reissue by the office on Monday, we'd be much obliged) and St. Vincent on board as the official ambassador, expect Saturday to...

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Florida corrections officials scrap prison health contract

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 3:54 PM

Citing shortcomings in mental-health services at a South Florida prison, state corrections officials are terminating a contract with a private health-care provider months before the deal was set to expire. Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones on Wednesday canceled the contract with Wexford Health Sources, giving the Pittsburgh-based company a...

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1,000 Orlando Pride scarves are currently hidden around town

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 3:31 PM

Because nothing says Orlando like winter garments, Orlando Pride has placed a handful of promotional scarves around the City Beautiful to drum up buzz for tomorrow's 4 p.m. home opener. In a joint effort with JetBlue, Orlando Pride is "Scarfing the City" by placing 1,000 of the team's scarves at iconic...

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The Fresh Market in Altamonte Springs is closing and everything is 30 percent off

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 2:17 PM

The Fresh Market in Altamonte Springs will close its doors in May, reports Orlando Weekly food reviewer Faiyaz Kara. The store, which will officially close May 3, is located in the Oak Grove Shoppes center at 995 N. State Road 434. As far as we've been informed, this is the...

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Polonia Polish Restaurant closes after 10 years in Longwood

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:48 PM

After serving kielbasa, pierogis and potato pancakes in Longwood for nearly 10 years, Polonia Polish Restaurant has closed its doors for good this week. The restaurant made the announcement on its Facebook page on April 18. While the loss of Polonia may be tough to swallow, many of the restaurant's...

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Funk army Tower of Power to play the Plaza Live tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:19 PM

Oakland funk army Tower of Power are almost half a century old and still remain a tight combination of funk and rock. Expect the hits ("You're Still a Young Man," "This Time It's Real") … and more hits. Tower of Power plays the Plaza Live tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets...

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Judges and prosecutors file legal brief supporting Aramis Ayala

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:18 PM

Judges and prosecutors from around the country filed a legal brief with the Florida Supreme Court in support or State Attorney Aramis Ayala, who has stated that she will not seek the death penalty while in office. According to the Associated Press, the brief, which was filed Friday morning, supports Ayala...

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