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Friday, December 3, 2021

Faculty accuse UCF of hoarding millions in pandemic relief funds

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2021 at 10:04 AM

The University of Central Florida’s faculty union is asking administrators for answers on how UCF plans to spend $112 million in federal pandemic relief money that the union says the school is “sitting on” while the turnover rate of faculty members climbs. The university’s chapter of the United Faculty...

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Florida judge rejects state's request to overturn healthcare worker vaccine mandate

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 5:06 PM

Disagreeing with two judges in other parts of the country, a Pensacola-based federal judge is standing behind her decision to reject Florida’s request for an injunction against a Biden administration rule that would require health-care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers issued a...

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Florida Supreme Court backs harsh sentence for man who maintained innocence

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 4:12 PM

A divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a judge’s decision to impose a maximum prison sentence in a firearm case after the defendant maintained his innocence and refused to show remorse. Justices, in a 5-2 decision, said Leon County Circuit Judge Robert Wheeler’s decision to impose a 15-year...

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Florida legislature moves forward with proposal to expunge juvenile records

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 10:15 AM

A proposal that would allow juveniles who have completed diversion programs to have nonjudicial arrest records expunged for any offense except a forcible felony is moving swiftly through the Senate. Currently, minors who have gone through a diversion program only can be granted a records expungement for misdemeanor offenses....

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Murder of Orlando student Miya Marcano leads to legislative push for stricter background checks for apartment complex employees

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 3:54 PM

Calling the measure “Miya’s Law,” state legislators are seeking to require apartment landlords to conduct background checks on employees. Bills filed in the House and Senate (HB 577 and SB 898) come after the death of 19-year-old Miya Marcano, a Valencia College student who went missing from her Orlando...

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Florida Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried willing to break from Biden administration on Omicron response

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 12:17 PM

UPDATE: Following publication of this article, a representative for Fried reached out to Orlando Weekly. She wanted to make it clear that Fried does not support "shutting back down." Original story continues below. The state's most prominent Democrat says she's not waiting on word from the Joe Biden administration when...

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Florida cities could face lawsuits if future ordinances affect businesses' revenue

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 11:59 AM

In a proposal drawing heavy fire from local governments, a Senate committee Tuesday approved a measure that could lead to cities and counties facing lawsuits because of decisions that lead to reduced revenue or profits for businesses. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-4 to back the proposal (SB 620),...

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'Drag + Drive' event at The Center will see Orlando drag performers pitch in for holiday food drive

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 11:34 AM

Orlando's The Center and Come Out With Pride are pairing up for a very unique take on a holiday food drive later this month. Drag & Drive is a food drive with a very glamorous, drive-in difference, all to benefit and stock up the Center's Pride Pantry — located at the...

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Florida churches could be shielded from lockdowns under proposed law

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 10:16 AM

Churches and other religious institutions couldn’t be stopped from packing the pews during future health crises under a measure that started moving forward Tuesday in the Florida Senate. The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space and Domestic Security Committee backed a measure (SB 254) intended to shield religious services...

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Florida lawmakers propose allowing jobs to count toward service hours for Bright Futures scholarship

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2021 at 11:59 AM

Two Republican lawmakers have filed proposals that would allow high-school students to meet part of Bright Futures scholarship requirements through paid work instead of volunteer service. Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, filed his version of the proposal (SB 1060) on Monday. Rep. Lauren Melo, R-Naples, filed a similar bill...

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