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Photos: Scenes from Fanfares and Fireworks 2015

By on July 4th, 2015 | Last updated: July 4, 2015 at 9:07 am

The 2015 Fanfares and Fireworks celebration, hosted by the UF College of Journalism and Communications, drew more than 10,000 to the campus July 3.

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Here’s What Local Folks Are Saying About Today’s Supreme Court Decision

By on June 26th, 2015 | Last updated: June 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision today that states must recognize same-sex unions citing 14th Amendment protections. Here are some reactions from Florida:

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Feds Take Aim at Scott ‘LIP’ Lawsuit

By on June 2nd, 2015 | Last updated: June 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Federal officials filed documents Monday responding to a lawsuit by Gov. Rick Scott. The suit says the federal government “engaged in unconstitutional coercion” to make Florida expand its Medicaid program, while federal officials say this is a baseless claim.

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House, Senate Still Stuck in Health Debate

By on June 1st, 2015 | Last updated: June 2, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Florida legislators began a special session Monday to pass a budget for the year beginning July 1. But the House and Senate are still in a stalemate over whether to adopt a Senate proposal use Medicaid expansion money from the Affordable Care Act to help lower-income Floridians purchase private health insurance.

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Court Limits Damages In UCF Player’s Death

By on May 28th, 2015 | Last updated: May 28, 2015 at 2:49 pm

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday the parents of University of Central Florida football player, Ereck Plancher, are limited to collecting $200,000 in a lawsuit they filed against UCF Athletics Association, Inc. Plancher collapsed and died in March 2008 after off-season football drills supervised by football coach George O’Leary.

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Scott Signs Bills On Carrying Guns, Bolstering Child Protection

By on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Gov. Rick Scott signed 44 bills into law Thursday. Among those bills is a provision to allow gun owners to carry their weapons in the case of emergency evacuation as well as a bill to expand the child-protection law.

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Breaking News: Feds Say Florida Could Get $1B For Low Income Pool

By on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 21, 2015 at 12:55 pm

A key Florida health care program will likely receive an extra $1B from the federal government this budget year. The new amount offered for the Low Income Pool would enable Florida to retain Medicaid investment.

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Hippodrome Theatre Receiving Grant

By on May 18th, 2015 | Last updated: May 19, 2015 at 3:25 pm

The Hippodrome Theatre is receiving a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The grant will be used toward the production and creation of the community-centered work “The Hidden Sayings”.

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Florida Tourism Reaches A Peak

By on May 18th, 2015 | Last updated: May 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Tourism in Florida is at an all-time high. The amount of visitors in the first quarter of 2015 is up 6 percent from the previous year.

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Lopez-Cantera ‘Strongly Considering’ Senate Bid

By on May 18th, 2015 | Last updated: May 18, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera publicly confirmed Saturday that he is considering running for U.S. Senate in 2016. He announced his possible candidacy at the executive board meeting during the Republican Party of Florida’s quarterly meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

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