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Monday, January 21, 2019

UCF President Dale Whittaker: 'Broken culture' that led to improper spending needs to change

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 10:37 AM

University of Central Florida President Dale Whittaker on Friday acknowledged a “broken culture” at his school, after receiving an investigative report on the improper use of state funding to construct a major campus building. The report, which was reviewed by the university’s board of trustees on Friday, focused on...

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspends Palm Beach County elections chief Susan Bucher

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 10:37 AM

Saying the county conducted its last election like the “Keystone Cops,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday suspended Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher. In his executive order, DeSantis cited a litany of problems with Bucher’s office, such as failing to complete a machine recount of three statewide contests,...

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Israel's moon rover touches down in Orlando ahead of February launch

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 8:17 PM

Israel is less than a month away from lofting its first rover to the moon from a Cape Canaveral launchpad. Today, ahead of SpaceX's double-payload mission in February, the little lunar lander named "Beresheet" arrived at the Orlando International Airport after an eight-hour flight from Israel. "Shipping the spacecraft...

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Trump tried to withhold federal disaster relief funds from Puerto Rico, report says

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 4:40 PM

President Donald Trump said he did not want "a single dollar going to Puerto Rico" in federal disaster relief funds as the U.S. territory struggled with the continuing aftermath of Hurricane María, according to a recent report from the Washington Post. Trump reportedly made the comments last September after falsely...

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Florida ranks as the 'most dangerous state' for seniors, says report

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 3:31 PM

Many retirees move to Florida to relax and enjoy the eternal summer weather, what they may not know is those characteristics paint a red target on their backs. A study by The Senior List showed that Florida ranks as the most dangerous state for senior citizens because of its...

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried bans discrimination against LGBTQ employees in her office

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 3:13 PM

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is banning discrimination against LGBTQ state employees in her office. The recently elected Democrat announced Friday that she's revising the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' list of workplace protections against discrimination to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." The Florida Civil Rights...

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Here's where furloughed government workers can score free stuff in Orlando

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 3:01 PM

As long as this completely asinine federal shutdown continues over a fake border crisis, many Orlandoans are paying the price. Since there is no sign of a settlement, if you're affected by this crisis here's where you can take advantage of some local freebies: MX Taco: A free taco to...

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There's now a push to repeal the Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 2:55 PM

A Senate Republican on Thursday filed a proposal aimed at abolishing the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, a panel that meets every 20 years and has unique power to place proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed the proposal (SJR 362) for consideration during the...

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3D printed rocket startup Relativity Space gets the green light to launch from Cape Canaveral

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 2:55 PM

Venture-funded launch startup Relativity Space will set up shop on the Space Coast to launch its 3D-printed rockets by 2020. It's the first company from the market for small launch vehicles — a growing segment in the commercial space industry — to lock down such a deal in Cape Canaveral....

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis taps Chris Anderson to lead Seminole County elections

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 2:26 PM

On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced his decision to name Chris Anderson, the chief investigations officer for the Seminole County Tax Collector's Office, the county's latest supervisor of elections. Anderson, a former deputy sheriff for Seminole and Indian River counties, will fill the shoes of Michael Ertel, who was...

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