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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rick Scott fights lawsuit demanding he disclose financial assets

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 3:20 PM

A lawyer for Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday asked a state appellate court to block a lawsuit seeking to force the governor to disclose more of his financial assets. A Leon County circuit judge in February rejected Scott’s request to dismiss the case, which was filed by a Tallahassee...

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A Florida judge just appointed a high-powered attorney to represent Markeith Loyd

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 3:11 PM

On Tuesday, Judge Frederick Lauten granted a request by accused double murderer Markeith Loyd for a new attorney. In a June hearing, the judge granted Loyd's request to have lead counsel Roger Weeden removed due to his inexperience in trying a first-degree murder case. Now the judge has agreed to Miami attorney Terry Lenamon...

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Seaweed is taking over Florida beaches and it's likely to get worse

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 1:52 PM

If the growth of seaweed this year gets as bad as expected, it could possibly be the worst in Florida's history. According to the Treasure Coast Palm, the recent growth of sargassum seaweed in June was three times larger than the biggest bloom ever recorded for that month, which...

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Pulse foundation wants ideas from public on design of permanent memorial and museum

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 10:32 AM

The onePULSE Foundation wants the public's ideas on the design of a permanent memorial and museum at the gay nightclub where 49 people were killed in a mass shooting two years ago. The organization announced Tuesday the launch of its "Ideas Generator," a place on its site where people can...

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Florida transportation officials halt payments to contractor amid SunPass problems

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 9:19 AM

Florida is halting payments to a company upgrading the SunPass toll-collection system until all the changes in the $287 million project are deemed “fully operational.” The Florida Department of Transportation announced Monday it is withholding payments to Maryland-based Conduent State & Local Solutions as work continues on the SunPass...

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Mike Pence will visit Cape Canaveral next month for a big space update

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 8:47 AM

Vice President Mike Pence will visit NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral next month to announce the first astronaut crews under NASA's Commercial Crew Program, according to sources familiar with the matter. Pence, who chairs the National Space Council, will confirm a new launch date for the first...

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Full Sail's CEO just donated $50K to 'NRA sellout' Adam Putnam

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Bill Heavener, a co-chairman and CEO of local for-profit school Full Sail University recently donated over $50,000 to Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate and self-described "proud NRA sellout" Adam Putnam. According to public records, on June 30 Heavener donated $52,500 to Putnam's political action committee, Florida Grown, in two separate...

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Florida election officials wrong to ban early voting on college campuses, advocates argue

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 5:10 PM

Florida elections officials were wrong to block on-campus early voting sites in Gainesville and Tallahassee, lawyers for the League of Women Voters of Florida told a federal judge Monday. But attorneys representing the state argued there was no indication that college students —- or anyone else —- would have...

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Two Winter Park teens behind Roger Trindade's death were sentenced today

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 4:46 PM

On Monday, two Winter Park teens convicted of manslaughter in the death of 15-year-old Roger Trindade were sentenced to serve about a year in a high-risk juvenile program, WESH reports. Judge Jennifer Harris ruled that the two teens will be sentenced under juvenile sanctions, meaning both will avoid prison...

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Lawsuit claims ex-supervisor in Putnam's office was told she 'worked for the NRA'

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM

A 2013 lawsuit from a former supervisor in Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam's department alleged her bosses told her she "worked for the NRA" and pointed to "gross misconduct" regarding concealed weapons permits, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services settled...

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