In The News: Rubio Plans To Boost Economy, Airplane Disappearance Not Likely Terror, Florida City Fighting To Stay On Map, Gainesville Election Today, National Merit Finalists In Alachua
Rubio releases plan to boost prosperity – In a speech in Washington Monday, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said he has plans for tax reforms and legislation to boost the economy. One of his strategies is to propose a “National Regulatory Budget.” Miami Herald
Interpol ‘inclined’ to say Malaysia Airlines disappearance not terror – The international police organization said the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is not likely tied to terrorism. After further investigating passengers who used stolen passports to board the plane, Interpol said one of the two men was trying to migrate to Germany and the other posed no threat. Though the link to terrorism in the plane’s disappearance has been debunked, the plane’s whereabouts remain unknown. CNN
A Dot on the Map, After Scandal, Could Be Wiped Off – Hampton, an 89-year-old city, is fighting state legislature to stay on the map. The town of 477 residents is notorious as a speed trap and is under scrutiny for missing funds and shoddy record-keeping. New York Times
Gainesville voters head to the polls on Tuesday – Three seats are open on the Gainesville City Commission in today’s election, which will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All city voters may participate in the At-Large race, but only voters who live in District 2 and District 3 may vote in those races. Gainesville Sun
Four more county students named National Merit finalists – Four additional Alachua County students have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists, bringing the county total to 38. There are 15,000 finalists nationwide who are chosen by taking the PSAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Gainesville Sun
Gainesville Post Office participates in the Santa Operation program for the first time. The program started receiving letters from across the country starting Dec. 2, and it will match the benefactors until Monday.
The Angel Tree Charity Project helps make sure struggling migrant families have a normal Christmas. Hundreds of families are helped with the charity project.
While some area law enforcement are struggling to find funding for officer body cameras, Ocala Police Department has been using them since 2009 for specialized units.
The 1,000-plus acres of diverse land west of Newnans Lake in Gainesville will provide bicycle and hiking trails for the public in spring 2015.
The Palatka Police Department is currently investigating the disappearance of a 5-week-old infant, Demarion Roddrick Hampton of Palatka.