Thursday, December 13, 2018

Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy slams Trump's attempt to deport Vietnamese war refugees

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 12:20 PM

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy slammed the Trump administration's reported attempt to deport Vietnamese immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before 1995, including Vietnam War refugees. The Atlantic reports the Trump administration is re-interpreting a 2008 agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam that Vietnamese immigrants who arrived before the two formerly...

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Neil deGrasse Tyson cancels Orlando appearance following sexual misconduct accusations

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 11:45 AM

Renowned astrophysicist and pop culture icon Neil deGrasse has canceled his schedule appearance in Orlando in January. Both Tyson's Facebook page and the website of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts indicate that the talk he was set to give at the Bob Carr Theater on Jan....

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Please enjoy this enormous Florida gopher tortoise

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 11:10 AM

What you see here is quite possibly the largest gopher tortoise in the state of Florida. On Saturday, Nov. 25, state officials rescued this absolute unit in Koreshan State Park, after they noticed it was "acting lethargic and appeared to have diarrhea." The proud lad was then brought to...

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Hurricane Michael could put dent in Florida budget

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Florida’s budget will face increased pressure from the impact of Hurricane Michael, a new report reviewed Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee showed. The state’s costs for emergency-relief and recovery efforts related to Michael, a major storm that struck the Panhandle in October, will exceed the costs for Hurricane...

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Parkland shooting safety panel says Florida schools need 'culture change'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Safe corners in classrooms, locked or staffed doors and gates and “Code Red” policies are some of the basics recommended by a state panel created to investigate the Broward County school shooting this year that left 14 students and three faculty members dead. The recommendations were among numerous legislative...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Florida Rep. Al Lawson was among five Democrats who sided with GOP to block vote on Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 5:58 PM

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson of Jacksonville, Florida was among five House Democrats to side with Republicans on Wednesday, voting for a bill that quells the prospect of halting U.S. aid to Saudi-led forces in Yemen. The farm bill squeezed ahead Wednesday afternoon with a 206-203 vote after Republicans inserted a...

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West Colonial Drive near I-4 is closing this weekend for pedestrian bridge construction

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 3:24 PM

West Colonial Drive near Interstate 4 is closing this weekend so that work crews can install cables and truss for the new pedestrian overpass bridge in Orlando. The road will be closed in both directions for three nights, starting on Friday, Dec. 14, and ending Monday, Dec. 17, between Orange...

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New rules loom for shark fishing in Florida

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 3:08 PM

Using chum to attract sharks in waters used by beachgoers, surfers and divers is closer to being banned in Florida, despite concerns the change will further squeeze out “blue collar” angling. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agreed Wednesday to place a number of shark-fishing changes on its...

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FBI corruption probe that overshadowed Florida governor's race indicts Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 1:27 PM

Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox has been indicted on federal charges in the FBI corruption probe that overshadowed Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's campaign for Florida governor. The Tallahassee Democrat reports Maddox and his longtime business partner, the city's Downtown Improvement Authority Executive Director Paige Carter-Smith, were charged with 44 counts...

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Orlando's Megabus stop moves from North Semoran to Orange Blossom Trail

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Orlando's Megabus stop is moving from North Semoran Boulevard to Orange Blossom Trail starting Wednesday. The low-cost bus service announced the stop will move about 10 miles from 902 N. Semoran Blvd. to 4504 S. Orange Blossom Trail for all arrivals and departures. The Semoran stop will no longer...

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