Thursday, April 19, 2018

Orlando International Airport won't privatize their security after all

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Officials at Orlando International Airport officially backed off the option of replacing Transportation Security Administration officers for a private security force during a board meeting on Wednesday. OIA director Phil Brown told the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority board that TSA had recently upgraded its procedures, thus easing passenger wait...

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Orange County may reinstate waiting periods, universal background checks for firearm purchases

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 12:17 PM

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs says the County Commission will vote next month to reinstate a three-day waiting period and establish universal background checks for firearm purchases, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Jacob’s announcement comes less than two weeks after she instructed County Attorney Jeff Newton to draft an ordinance...

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Youth activism is up in Florida, but that may not lead to higher voter turnout

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 11:23 AM

The eight young Floridians suing Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are riding the wave of youth activism with multiple press conferences focused on the environment. The students are suing the state for what they say is a violation of their constitutional rights to a healthy climate....

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott reaches $300 million deal with Seminole Tribe on gambling

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 11:16 AM

As legislative leaders hold behind-the-scenes talks about revamping the gambling industry, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced a deal that will lead to the Seminole Tribe continuing to pay more than $300 million a year in casino money to the state. The tribe would continue making the payments, which...

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott's healthcare math doesn't add up

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 10:45 AM

When it comes to health-care math, sometimes the numbers don’t add up for Florida Gov. Rick Scott. As Scott’s administration this week submits a request to the federal government to trim the amount of time people have to apply for Medicaid coverage, the state’s estimate of $98 million in...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Study ranks Publix second to last for reducing food waste

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 3:29 PM

A new study ranks Publix Super Markets as second-to-last when it comes to reducing food waste, earning the chain a "D" grade. The study by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Ugly Fruit and Veggie Campaign rated major U.S. supermarkets based on their accountability in food waste, prevention efforts...

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Florida authorities would like you to stop painting gopher tortoises

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 2:31 PM

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is yet again urging idiots to fight the impulse to paint gopher tortoises. The department posted to their Facebook page Wednesday afternoon offering a reward for any information regarding a gopher tortoise that was found in the middle of County Road 455, south of...

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SpaceX will launch NASA's planet-hunting satellite today – stream it live here

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 1:58 PM

Take two for SpaceX's TESS project. SpaceX has rescheduled the launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The satellite will go up this evening on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, after the first launch attempt on Monday was canceled hours...

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CRC panel nixes proposal requiring Florida businesses to verify employees' immigration status

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 12:25 PM

Florida businesses won’t have to worry about voters requiring them to verify the immigration status of new employees. The state Constitution Revision Commission on Monday rejected a proposal that would have asked voters in November to require businesses to use a system similar to the U.S. Department of Homeland...

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Florida voters will get to decide the fate of offshore drilling and vaping bans this November

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 12:24 PM

Voters will get a chance to decide this fall whether to ban nearshore oil and gas drilling and prevent people from vaping or using electronic cigarettes in many public places, under a proposed constitutional amendment approved Monday. Without debate, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Monday voted 33-3 to...

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