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No. 52 Florida shines on CNN

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:45:23 GMT

CNN's "United Shades of America" and host W. Kamau Bell visit Daytona Beach as well as a retirement community in Polk County. Kamau Bell: 'I like Florida.




Florida Cop Killer's Death Sentence Overturned For 3rd Time

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:11:49 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 [] Rep Xavier Becerra Nominated for California Attorney General California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday named U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra as state attorney general, succeeding newly elected U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and ending speculation about whether he would appoint a caretaker or an ambitious Democrat for the second-highest statewide office.




Is Florida's climate change model - denial at the Capitol, frantic...

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:05:39 GMT

Is Florida's climate change model - denial at the Capitol, frantic action at the beach - in store for the U.S. under Trump? Construction takes place at Maurice Gibb Memorial Park in Miami Beach, Fla. The area surrounding the park is frequently victim to heavy flooding.




Florida Amendment 2 Rolls at the Polls: Getting into the Weeds of Medical Marijuana

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:59:27 GMT

By an overwhelming 71% of voters saying "yes" to Amendment 2 on Election Day, Floridians successfully made Florida the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana. Because indoor medical marijuana cultivation requires enough space and a consistent climate necessary for the growing cycles, the sale and leasing of industrial spaces could see a boom.




Floridaa s prison-whistleblower payout tip of the iceberg

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:11:29 GMT

This week, Florida settled a whistleblower-retaliation lawsuit for $800,000. The state got off easy.




Florida 5 mins ago 1:53 p.m.Police: Boy calls 911 after mom passes out with needle in arm

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:20:59 GMT

A young boy was able to call 911 after he found his mother passed out in a bathroom at Wendy's with a syringe in her arm, according to WPEC . According to police, Amanda Levine, 26, had told her 6-year-old son that she went to the restaurant to collect some money she was owed.




Florida cop killer's death sentence overturned for 3rd time

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:05:15 GMT

" A man who has been sentenced to death three times for drug-addled rampage that left a Polk County deputy and two others dead will once again get a chance to be spared execution after a Florida Supreme Court ruling Thursday. Two governors have signed death warrants for Paul Beasley Johnson " Bob Graham in 1986 and Charlie Crist in 2009 " for the January 1981 murders.




Florida crime down

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:05:14 GMT

Story Submitted Crime continues to fall across Florida according to the 2016 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report.




Florida man charged with throwing dog into traffic

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:44:03 GMT

The long-awaited federal death penalty trial of the white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black parishion MIAMI at BALTIMORE Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE - Ravens by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Dolphins 5-4-2, Ravens 5-5-1 SERIES REC NEW YORK GIANTS at PITTSBURGH Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE - Steelers by 6 RECORD VS.




Waterspout makes landfall in Florida while other Southern states watch for tornadoes

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:29:40 GMT

This is the terrifying moment a waterspout touched down in Florida, before tearing into the coast - one of two waterspouts seen Wednesday. The spout - captured by Instagram user @thecalebrich - is seen forming just off the coast of Destin, pulling water up from the sea and down from clouds, then sweeping onto the land, North West Florida Daily News reported.




Woman who fled from husband in Indiana goes missing in Florida

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:09:21 GMT

A 44-year-old woman who fled from her abusive and estranged husband in Indiana has gone missing while jogging in Florida. Rachael Madison, who was staying with family near near Ormond-by-the-Sea, was last seen Sunday afternoon wearing men's navy blue basketball shorts, a light-colored jacket and slip-on Skechers shoes.




Mandatory Recess To Be Considered Again In Florida

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:19:50 GMT

According to the Tampa Bay Times , a parent-backed proposal for daily recess at all of Florida's public elementary schools will be brought before the Florida Legislature again next spring. On Tuesday Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, filed a bill similiar to the one that died last spring when then-education policy chairman John Legg, R-Trinity, refused to hear it in the committee despite the big support it was receiving.




Legoland Florida reveals debut of Beach Retreat property

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:20:41 GMT

Orlando's springtime tourists will be the first to stay inside one of Legoland Florida's Beach Retreat bungalows.




Kathleen Parker: No tears for Fidel

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:35:53 GMT

Sometimes history doesn't have to wait to judge - - and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn't either. With news of Fidel Castro's death Friday - finalmente - world leaders began offering eulogies, some of which were so vapid or willfully ignorant that Castro might have written them himself.




Chris Hart is panela s top pick to lead Enterprise Florida

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:17:57 GMT

The leader of Gov. Rick Scott's job-placement agency was recommended Tuesday to take over as president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, which continues to face stiff opposition from lawmakers over economic-development funding. The Enterprise Florida Executive Committee voted unanimously to back the appointment of Chris Hart, a former state lawmaker and the longtime head of CareerSource Florida, to serve as president and CEO of the business-recruitment organization.




Appeal allows Florida comp rate hike to move forward

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:11:09 GMT

A controversial 14.5% workers compensation advisory rate increase apparently will go into effect for Florida on Thursday after the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation filed a notice of appeal late Monday. A Florida Circuit Court judge ruled on Nov. 23 to void the rate increase proposed and approved by the Boca Raton, Florida-based National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. and the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.




Florida medical marijuana dispensary operations 'green lighted'

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:14:52 GMT

As Floridians prepare to vote in November on a referendum to expand medical marijuana operations in the state, some dispensaries are finally getting a "green light" to sell low-THC under Florida's currently strict laws governing its use and availability. Although Florida passed a "compassionate use" bill in 2014 approving medical marijuana for a narrow range of medical conditions, it has been an uphill battle for potential sellers of the herb.