First privately funded rocket lifts off from Kennedy Space Center
Space-X’s Falcon 9 rocket carried the unmanned Dragon capsule into space today from Cape Canveral, Fla., marking the first time a private company has sent a spacecraft to the space station. The mission is considered the first test of NASA’s plan to outsource space missions to privately funded companies now that its fleet of space shuttles is retired. Lisa Greenberg spoke with Jason Rhian for AmericaSpace.com, a website dedicated to space exploration, about what today’s launch means for the future of space travel.
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A total of 369 child deaths have been called in to the state abuse hotline so far in 2015. That means Florida is on track to have roughly as many child deaths this year as it did before passing a sweeping child-welfare reform law in 2014.
Several lawmakers in both parties and an influential business group expressed concerns about the potential impact of the proposal on private property rights.
Florida ranked 47th in the United States for sexual health by the State by State Safer Sex Index. Melissa St. Onge, communications manager for Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, said she was not surprised to hear Florida ranked so low on the survey, and that sexual health conversations should start at home and continue with education in class.
Almost three-quarters of Floridians — 73 percent — oppose allowing students with concealed-weapons permits to carry guns on campus.
A Leon County judged ruled that Florida’s first black bear hunt in 21 years will indeed happen. The ruling says that a state wildlife agency was within its right to schedule the hunt.