In The News: Private School Voucher Expansion, MI Affirmative Action Struck Down, Local Bank Merger, FCAT Test Delays
Voucher expansion proposal revived by Florida Senate – A Senate committee decided to include the expansion of Florida’s main private school voucher program in a bill on Tuesday. Florida’s voucher program currently allows about 60,000 students from low-income families to attend private schools. Tampa Bay Times
Justices approve state bans on affirmative action – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a decision that would allow Michigan to be one of eight states to ban affirmative action programs in college admissions. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, saying minority enrollment will decline at Michigan’s public universities. USA Today
Alarion Bank and HeritageBank of the South announce merger – HeritageBank of the South and Alarion Bank announced plans to merge on Tuesday morning. HeritageBank, which has three Florida locations in Ocala and Lake City, will acquire all of the common stock of Alarion Bank, which has six branches in Ocala, Gainesville and Alachua, in a transaction of approximately $22.1 million. The Gainesville Sun
FCAT tests delayed over website woes – Thousands of students in Florida were unable to take the online version of the FCAT on Tuesday morning. Students were unable to log in to take the test because of issues with the company’s website. Orlando Sentinel
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Florida Gun Supply has scheduled an anti-Muslim rally for Saturday at the Masjid Darul-Islam Center near Ocala. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be on scene.
Lydia Romig was one day too early. She went to the new Publix in Alachua on Friday during her lunch break, hoping to pick up her favorite sausage-and-kale soup. Romig is just one eager customer of many who is excited […]
The vigil organized by Student Government in memory of the death and injured in the Umpqua Community College was also held in memory of the victims of the Northern Arizona University when news broke about the second shooting only 8 days later.
A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.
FL House Dems Hire Political Director – The Florida House Democrats hired Steve Jackson to serve as the Political Director for House campaigns. King Cobra Caught Near Where It Escaped A Month Ago – The 8-foot snake, named Elvis, escaped about a month […]