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Awareness growing on child exploitation in Northwest Florida

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:41:17 GMT

Parents have a long list of things to worry about. However, the fear of their child being trafficked isn't likely anywhere on that list.

3 killed in central Florida crash

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:06:56 GMT

A teenager and two adults are dead and two others were seriously injured after a crash in the Orlando area. The Florida Highway Patrol says a man was aggressively driving a BMW when he lost control, traveled into the median and flipped over onto a pick-up truck Saturday.

Leesburg cops looking for man accused of killing ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:42:36 GMT

A man is on the loose after he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend in Leesburg, police said Sunday. The suspect, Jeremy Kenneth Harrison, fled the scene in a white Hyundai Azera, Leesburg Lt.

Central Florida embraces 'cool trend' of craft brewers

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:15:14 GMT

Surrounded by dogs, Rachel White, Spencer Molenda and Haven Richter sat with empty pint glasses in Orlando Brewing's downtown taproom. Their second brewery of the day, they checked off another stop on the Central Florida Ale Trail - a treasure map of sorts for Central Florida's blossoming beer culture.

Trump to Middle Eastern leaders: Fight against terror a 'battle between good and evil'

Sun, 21 May 2017 19:43:46 GMT

President Donald Trump called on Middle Eastern leaders to combat a "crisis of Islamic extremism" emanating from the region, casting the fight against terrorism as a "battle between good and evil," not a clash between the West and Islam. Trump's address Sunday was the centerpiece of his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, his first stop overseas as president.

Police: Florida suspect led us to 2 dead bodies

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:18:32 GMT

Police say Devon Arthurs told two customers and an employee at a smoke shop Friday night that they could not leave. Authorities said they eventually convinced 18-year-old Arthurs to let the hostages go and he was taken into custody.

Five Stories That Show How Incompetent the Florida Democrats Are

Sun, 21 May 2017 12:55:50 GMT

Where the Florida Republican Party is hell-bent on making life worse for every poor person in the state and turning the Everglades into the Rick Scott Memorial River of Oil, the Florida Democrats are simply an incompetent group of corporate boot-lickers who have no idea how to actually win elections. Despite the fact that registered Democratic voters outnumber Republicans in Florida, Democratic candidates are routinely trounced in local and federal elections, and can barely win seats within extremely blue cities like Miami.

Central Florida leaders fear big loss if voters pass extra homestead exemption

Sun, 21 May 2017 10:35:27 GMT

In November 2018, Florida voters will decide if the homestead exemption should be increased by $25,000. Thanks to state lawmakers, Florida voters will have the chance to give themselves a property-tax break worth about $275 for the average homeowner next year.

13-year-old boy killed by train walking bike near tracks

Sun, 21 May 2017 05:59:52 GMT

Police say a 13-year-old boy has died after being hit by a SunRail train while walking his bicycle near the tracks during rush hour in central Florida. Authorities say Marcees Kilpatrick was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials fear drug use at hurricane...

Sun, 21 May 2017 01:26:01 GMT

Local officials are raising concerns about drug use at hurricane shelters, saying they aren't equipped to care for addicts and others with medical and mental health needs. Nearly 16,000 people in nine counties evacuated to shelters during Hurricane Matthew.

An easy call on Haiti for Trump - just heed Florida's advice

Sat, 20 May 2017 20:52:34 GMT

In the dozen years she has lived in the U.S., Miramar resident Farah Larrieux has built a successful career as a bilingual television host and Haitian-American community activist. In the dozen years she has lived in the U.S., Miramar resident Farah Larrieux has built a successful career as a bilingual television host and Haitian-American community activist.

Winter Garden man, 32, faces child porn charges

Sat, 20 May 2017 16:27:35 GMT

A 32-year-old Orange County man was arrested Friday on two counts of possessing child pornography, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Ryan Andrew Blank is accused of having child pornography on "digital devices" inside his home on Priory Circle in Winter Garden, according to the FDLE.

Affordable housing: Florida's quiet crisis | Editorial

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:03:46 GMT

As housing costs rise and incomes stagnate, the nagging shortage of affordable housing is fast becoming a crisis. The lack of apartments and homes available to Americans of low to moderate income is a nationwide problem, but South Florida feels it more acutely than all but a few metro areas.

Baez leaves Democratic race for Florida Senate

Sat, 20 May 2017 07:40:46 GMT

State Rep. Daisy Baez's short-lived candidacy for the Florida Senate came to end Friday, doomed politically by a crowded Democratic primary and the likelihood that she'd be attacked as a carpetbagger. Baez dropped out of the race for Senate District 40 just 19 days after it began , citing her ailing mother's deteriorating health.

Woman Burned by Starbucks Coffee Gets $100,000 Verdict

Sat, 20 May 2017 03:15:10 GMT

A Florida woman burned by a Starbucks coffee received $100,000 for the injuries she sustained from the 20-ounce cup of coffee. Starbucks has been ordered to pay Joanne Mogavero $100,000 after she suffered first and second degree burns after a lid came off her coffee and spilled in her lap, according to Fortune .

Man Injured When Motorcycle Hits 10-Foot Gator in Florida

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:32:59 GMT

CW44 Station Bio- WTOG-TV first began operations on November 4, 1968, broadcasting on UHF channel 44. Originally owned my Minnesota-based Hubbard Broadcasting Corp., WTOG solidified itself in the Tampa Bay market by being the area's only [] Man Injured When Motorcycle Hits 10-Foot Gator in Florida A man riding a motorcycle hit an alligator that was crossing a rural Florida road, throwing him from his bike. Florida's Hurricane Fund Remains Strong Heading Into Season The Florida fund that helps private insurers pay out claims after a hurricane continues to be in strong shape ahead of storm season.

Florida Homestead Exemption Audits Are Big Business

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:15:27 GMT

Florida Property Appraisers, primarily in the populated coastal counties, are combing the nation for taxpayers availing themselves of any other resident related benefit in addition to their Florida Homestead Exemption. The Property Appraisers have ramped up their Homestead Exemption audit units which are producing millions of dollars in back taxes, penalties and interest.