Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tourism recovery could take time in Florida Keys

Posted By on Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 7:56 AM

Gov. Rick Scott would like to see storm-battered Key West “open for business” within two weeks, but tourism officials marketing the southern end of U.S. 1 indicate it could take longer. Some tourism hot spots have started to reopen in the Lower Keys, as electricity is back for more than...

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Miami lawmaker's texts after Irma light up controversy

Posted By on Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM

State Sen. Daphne Campbell wants it known she's a local champion and a victim in a controversy that has swirled around her after Hurricane Irma. The often-unconventional Miami Democrat went on Facebook late Sunday to defend texts showing she tried to use political connections with Florida Power & Light to...

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Florida lost more than $45 million after tolls suspended during Hurricane Irma

Posted By on Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 6:00 AM

More than $45 million in revenue is believed to have been lost when the state suspended highway toll collections to help speed evacuations and relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, Florida's Turnpike system estimates. However, the estimated $3 million-a-day impact is not expected to hinder operations of the system or ongoing...

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Marco Rubio will probably support latest Republican overhaul of Obamacare

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 7:12 PM

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio hasn't met a bill overhauling Obamacare that he won't vote for, and the Graham-Cassidy shit show is probably no exception. If you only just got Wi-Fi back at home, here's what has been going on as Florida was trying to recover from Hurricane Irma: After multiple...

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Black farmer challenges Florida's medical marijuana law

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 4:26 PM

A lawsuit filed Friday challenges the constitutionality of part of a new state law that requires a coveted medical-marijuana license to go to a black farmer. Columbus Smith, a black farmer from Panama City, filed the lawsuit, alleging that the law is so narrowly drawn that only a handful of...

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Here's what you can do in Central Florida to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 3:41 PM

After Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, members of the Central Florida diaspora have come together to support the 3.4 million people who live on the U.S. territory. Currently, the entire island is without power and could remain that way for four to six months, according to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz....

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Orlando ranks among nation's worst for income, says recent Census survey

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 2:24 PM

The jobless rate in Orlando is currently less than 4 percent, which would be something to brag about if the majority of these jobs actually paid a living wage. According to the Census Bureau's recently released American Community Survey, Orlando has a median household income of $52,385, which makes it...

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Tenth patient dies from Florida nursing home that lost power after Irma

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:47 AM

A 10th senior citizen who had been a resident of a sweltering Broward County nursing home evacuated last week has died, according to a report issued Thursday by the Hollywood Police Department. Martha Murray, 94, died Wednesday, the report said. Murray is the latest death associated with The Rehabilitation...

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Democrat Eddy Dominguez replaces Paul Chandler in Central Florida House race

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Orange County Democrats have elected Eduardo "Eddy" Dominguez as a replacement candidate in the special election for Florida House District 44. Democrats chose Dominguez after Paul Chandler officially dropped out of the race earlier this month. Chandler resigned his bid for the district that runs through Winter Garden to Lake Buena...

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Russian Facebook account reportedly organized multiple Trump rallies in Florida

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 2:39 PM

Just two weeks ago, it was revealed that Facebook allowed Russians to spend $100,000 on targeted ads during the election. Now, the Daily Beast reports that Russian Facebook accounts helped organize pro-Trump rallies in Florida in 2016. According to an incredible report from the Daily Beast, multiple Florida events were...

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