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Friday, May 18, 2018

Florida man arrested for dumping red paint into gopher tortoise burrow

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 7:27 PM

An Apopka man was arrested after Florida wildlife officials say he dumped leftover red paint into a burrow, dousing the gopher tortoise living inside. The tortoise, later named Raphael, was found April 17 by a witness in the middle of County Road 455, south of Montverde in Lake County....

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Florida Governor candidate and 'Proud NRA sellout' sends his condolences to Texas shooting survivors

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 4:37 PM

This morning, a gunman killed at least nine students and one teacher at Santa Fe High School in Texas using a shotgun and a handgun legally purchased by his father. In response, Florida gubernatorial candidate and self-described "proud NRA sellout" Adam Putnam sends his thoughts and prayers.  "I’m saddened...

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New map reminds us that Orlando remains incredibly segregated

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 4:02 PM

Although the metro Orlando area is more diverse than ever, our neighborhoods, on the other hand, are increasingly segregated. A recently released interactive map from the Anti-Discrimination Center shows that Orlando has some issues with racially divided residential areas. The map, which also allows you to browse regions throughout the...

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Bill Nelson wants FEMA to provide housing aid to Puerto Rican evacuees after June 30

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 1:36 PM

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson filed legislation Thursday that would force FEMA to provide housing aid to hundreds of Puerto Rican evacuees displaced by Hurricane Maria who are living in Florida. The bill requires FEMA and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to activate the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) for...

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Colonial Lanes will close forever next week

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 12:11 PM

After announcing earlier this week that Colonial Lanes was closing for a "major remodel," the owners now say the Milk District bowling alley will close for good. Today Colonial Lanes told the Orlando Sentinel that they will officially close May 24 after being purchased last February by a subsidiary of Titan...

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Cocoa Beach, Orlando's closest beach, will start allowing dogs this summer

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 11:29 AM

Dogs are coming to Cocoa Beach, but there's a catch or two. Cocoa Beach city leaders voted Thursday in favor of allowing leashed and registered dogs on a designated strip of sand for a six-month trial period starting July 15. The motion allows dogs only between Fourth Street and...

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Florida appeals court upholds decision to jail single mom for failing to pay $947

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 10:43 AM

In a ruling that drew a blistering dissent, a state appeals court Thursday upheld a decision to revoke the probation of a single mother who did not pay $947 in court-ordered costs. The ruling by a panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal came in the Duval County case...

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Health insurance premiums on federal marketplace expected to increase 17 percent next year

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 10:23 AM

Premiums for health insurance plans sold on the federal marketplace are expected to increase by nearly 16.9 percent in Florida next year due to changes in the Affordable Care Act, according to a new analysis released Friday. Released by the Center for American Progress, the analysis estimates that a...

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One Orlando Alliance retracts job offer to Alabama lawmaker who tried to 'out' Gov. Kay Ivey

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 9:07 AM

The One Orlando Alliance is retracting a job offer it made to Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd after the state's first openly gay lawmaker insinuated Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey was also gay and deserved to be "outed." The LGBTQ alliance created in the aftermath of the Pulse mass shooting announced in...

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

According to FWC, Florida boating accidents saw a significant increase in 2017

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2018 at 2:07 PM

Boating accidents in Florida increased by 7 percent in 2017, according to officials. In a recent report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there were 714 reportable accidents from 2016 compared to 766 in 2017. There was also a rise in the number of registered boating vessels in Florida,...

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