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Gov. Scott's Florida pitch doesn't fly in Connecticut

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:48:00 GMT

Gov. Scott's Florida pitch doesn't fly in Connecticut Business tax just one area in which northern state is a better place Check out this story on Today on the News in 90 seconds, we're looking at today's glorious SpaceX launch and landing, the private space company's desire for more space at Port Canaveral and an arrest in a motorcycle theft case. Posted June 23, 2017 "My pitch is you should give up, capitulate, come to Florida and make it easier on yourselves," Scott told a group of businesspeople and Republican state legislators at a Norwalk hotel Monday morning.

Mosquitoes in crosshairs as South Florida steps up Zika fight

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:31:18 GMT

The region's wet season kicked off this month, and officials say they are doing everything they can to prevent the number of Zika transmission cases from spiking. - Palm Beach County is buying two Buffalo Turbine truck sprayers that are touted as being able to more effectively spread the larvicide needed to kill unhatched mosquito eggs lurking in standing water in people's yards.

Florida Democrats seek move to left ahead of 2018 elections

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:26:59 GMT

Gov. Rick Scott vetoes higher education bill that was priority of Senate President Joe Negron, saying it "impedes" progress at Florida's state colleges Gov. Rick Scott vetoes higher education bill that was priority of Senate President Joe Negron, saying it "impedes" progress at Florida's state colleges Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Wednesday for a three-day special session to add $215 million for PreK-12 schools, as well as more money for Visit Florida and a new incentive program for businesses - all top priorities for Gov. Rick Scott. The special session is scheduled to end Friday.

Commissioner Stewart Names Florida's 2017 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:51:28 GMT

During the Celebration for School Leaders yesterday evening, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart named Dr. Rachel Shelley, of Sarasota County, as the 2017 Principal of the Year and Kelly Stedman, of Lee County, as the 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year. These school leaders were honored for contributing to increased student performance; safe learning environments; and successful partnerships with parents and community members.

Florida Fiddler's Musical Troupe Hitting All the Right Notes

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:55:14 GMT

When JRobert-also known in these parts as the Florida Fiddler-came up with the idea of a Florida Songwriter Showcase for the Marco Players Theater, who knew how much fun he was about to unleash. "These are all people I've met over the years," JRobert explains.

Critics: Senate bill's cuts to Medicaid would harm Florida

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:52:22 GMT

The Senate has released its long-awaited bill to dismantle Obamacare and critics warn that proposed cuts to Medicaid could be disastrous for the roughly 3.6 million Floridians relying on the program. Beginning in 2020, the Senate measure would limit the federal funds states get each year for Medicaid.

Funeral services set for Florida trooper killed in line of duty

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:32:33 GMT

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says Sgt. Bishop was killed on the side on I-75 near the Alachua/Columbia County line when a car failed to move over.

Two teens arrested after stealing car, driving it into a pond in Charlotte Co.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:22:29 GMT

Around 11:35 a.m., troopers came across the blue 2011 Honda Sedan submerged in the water along a dirt road near the intersection of US 41 and Tuckers Grade. FHP, along with the Florida Wildlife Commission and the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, located the two suspects who were attempting to hide in the woods.

South Florida residents clash over Confederate street names leads to arrests

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:59:34 GMT

Five people were arrested after a clash about Florida streets named for Confederate generals spilled over into a city council meeting. The disagreement involves three streets - Lee Street, named after Confederate Gen.

Donald Trump reports growing income from South Florida businesses

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:47:06 GMT

President Donald Trump 's income from his South Florida clubs has soared since the real estate mogul became commander-in-chief, according to his financial disclosures. Trump's combined income reported from his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and his golf clubs in Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Doral has doubled to $191 million since he was elected president, according to his latest annual financial disclosure, released June 16. Trump has said he turned over operations of his businesses to his sons while he focuses on the presidency - though his financial ties to his vast holdings remain.

Gang riot at Florida prison injures 6 corrections officers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:50:08 GMT

Six corrections officers and an inmate were injured in a major gang riot at Gulf Correctional Institution in Florida's Panhandle Wednesday morning, officials said. The uprising happened about 8 a.m. and spread across several dorms before it was brought under control, according to Michelle Glady, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections.

Florida 49 mins ago 9:06 p.m.Chinese food driver delivers surprise to would-be robbers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:44:51 GMT

Some people who were setting up a Chinese food delivery driver for a robbery made a serious miscalculation, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. According to deputies, on Tuesday the driver was given a delivery order, so he drove to the address.

Reject Rick Scott's bid to pack Florida's high court

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:52:30 GMT

Late last year, Gov. Rick Scott filled a vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court with Judge Alan Lawson, an appellate court judge who began his career on the bench in Orange County. There was no doubt about Scott's authority to name a successor to outgoing Justice James E.C. Perry, who was forced to leave the high court by the state's retirement age for judges.

LCD Soundsystem Announce New Album Ensuing Tour Including a Florida Date

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:32:32 GMT

The good: LCD Soundsystem will be bringing their talents to Florida in support of their upcoming album, American Dream . While they played almost every festival on the planet last year and continue to tour feverishly this year, including a 5 shows at Brooklyn's newest music venue just last week, they mostly avoid Florida.

Just in: Florida man's plan to stop thief with mousetrap backfires

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:01:40 GMT

Nicholas Dibble, 63, of Bradenton, thought a neighbor was stealing his mail, so he set up a trap to catch the person, according to The Smoking Gun . Dibble suspected either the "the drug dealer across the street" or a woman who runs a "house of prostitution next door," The Smoking Gun reported.

Trump's daughter-in-law, Florida gov, headline GOP dinner

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:38:20 GMT

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The Buzz Florida driver database 'slowdown' keeps frustrating motorists

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:34:56 GMT

Florida's fickle state-run driver database had more service interruptions Monday, and county tax collectors said they couldn't give motorists the service they deserve as taxpayers. But the system was in full working order on Tuesday morning.