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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

New Florida bill would help employees collect worker's comp regardless of immigration status

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 3:01 PM

A Senate committee Tuesday narrowly approved a bill that would eliminate part of Florida law that allows employers to deny benefits to injured workers who use other people’s Social Security numbers or identification to obtain jobs. Approved in a 6-4 vote by the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, the...

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Orlando is the worst city in the country for pollen levels right now

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 2:26 PM

Orlando is basically a hellmouth for pollen, and although spring is still a month away, Satan's nature dust is already wreaking havoc on Central Florida. Right now, Orlando is the worst location in the country for pollen levels, according to Pollen.com, a website that provides allergy information and up-to-the-minute forecasts...

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Following Florida school shooting, Adam Putnam scrubs his 'Proud NRA sellout' claim from his ads and website

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 1:55 PM

Just days after a teenager shot and killed 17 of his former classmates and teachers in Parkland, Florida, agriculture commissioner and gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam seems to have removed all references of his favorite line referring to himself as a "proud NRA sellout." Putnam, whose entire campaign is centered...

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The eight Orlando area lawmakers who voted down this week's assault weapon ban

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 12:06 PM

Just days after a teenager used an AR-15 to murder 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Republicans in the Florida House stood in front of survivors from the shooting and turned down a motion to even debate whether or not the state should regulate the sale and...

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Recycle your old electronics for free this Saturday at Festival Park

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Got dead tech? The city of Orlando is ready to help you out. Anyone with a conscience knows you can't just toss old TVs and computers, in the trash, but who has time to drive to the landfill to dispose of them properly? Before that teetering stack of old...

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Florida dominates TripAdvisor's 2018 'best beaches' in the country awards

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 11:18 AM

Clearwater Beach was just named the best patch of sand in the country by TripAdvisor. The beach took the top spot in the annual TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award. In 2017 that spot was owned by Siesta Beach, and Pinellas County in 2016. Overall, Florida dominates the list with six of...

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Florida law enforcement eye solutions after Parkland high school shooting

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 6:16 AM

Arming school employees, expanding background checks and revamping the Baker Act law to keep guns from people experiencing mental-health issues were among measures law-enforcement leaders from across the state discussed Tuesday as they look for ways to prevent future school massacres. The workshop, closed to the public but shown...

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

John Morgan just connected school shootings to prescription drugs and vaccines

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 10:24 PM

Orlando trial attorney John Morgan, a once-viable contender for governor, took to social media this evening to argue that there is some sort of connection between mass shootings like the one that just occurred in Parkland, Florida, and prescription drugs and even vaccines. Pointing out that he didn't know...

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In front of Parkland students, Florida lawmakers decline to take up assault weapons ban

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 7:28 PM

Florida House lawmakers declined to take up a measure that would ban the sale and possession of assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines, all while being watched by students from the Parkland high school where a gunman killed 17 people last week. The bill, HB 219, was filed last...

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Florida officials seek mental health strategies in wake of Parkland massacre

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 4:37 PM

Better integration of data, coordination of care and services and early screening and assessment were among recommendations a panel of mental health experts offered Tuesday at a workshop organized by Gov. Rick Scott in response to last week’s shooting rampage by a troubled 19-year-old that left 17 people —-...

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