Category Archives: Florida

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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Florida: Pot Strain Likely Available Later This Year

By on May 27th, 2015 | Last updated: May 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Florida officials predict a strain of marijuana, known as Charlotte’s Web, will be available for medical purposes later this year. The Department of Health released a statement that said they are moving quickly to allow access to it.

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Concealed Carry Law Leaves Unanswered Questions

By on May 26th, 2015 | Last updated: May 29, 2015 at 10:20 am

Governor Rick Scott passed a bill May 22 that will allow for concealed carry of a weapon without a license for 48 hours after a mandatory evacuation has been ordered during the state of an emergency. Although it is already a law, some are questioning details pertaining to certain aspects of the bill.

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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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Miami, Orlando Schools Ditch Styrofoam Trays

By on May 25th, 2015 | Last updated: May 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Miami and Orlando school districts will remove Styrofoam trays from school cafeterias and will replace them with compostable plates. The change within the districts is part of an effort to enact environmentally conscious changes in larger school districts.

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Marion County Board Member Removed After Facebook Post

By on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Marcel “Butch” Verrando, an appointee to the Industrial Development Authority, has been removed from the board after a racially-charged Facebook post. Verrando was removed after a regularly scheduled meeting on May 19.

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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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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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Police: Man Told Officers ‘Go Ahead And Kill Me’ In Shootout

By on May 18th, 2015 | Last updated: May 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm

An 18-year-old man was shot and killed by St. Petersburg officers after he shot a man and then shot an officer in the leg. Austin Goodner had previously been arrested for aggravated battery.

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