Tag Archives: Florida

Dollar General Awards Three Local Schools $135,000 For Fast ForWord

By on May 29th, 2015 | Last updated: May 29, 2015 at 9:56 am

On Wednesday, Alachua Elementary School, W.W. Irby Elementary School and A.L. Mebane Middle School were awarded $135,000 by Dollar General to fund Fast ForWord, a program designed to improve language and reading competency in students. This is part of a five-year language development initiative to implement the program in all elementary schools in Alachua County.

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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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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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UF Health Plans For Future

By on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 21, 2015 at 2:06 pm

UF Health’s five-year strategic plan “The Power of Together” will connect the healthcare community in order to provide quality patient care and improve academic research and interdisciplinary education efforts.

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Gov. Rick Scott’s Hospital Commission To Meet For First Time

By on May 20th, 2015 | Last updated: May 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Gov. Rick Scott wants the federal government to extend hospital funds .The panel, which met for the first time Wednesday, is beginning its work as the governor becomes increasingly antagonistic toward hospitals that receive taxpayer funds.

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Florida Advances To Online Voting Registration

By on May 18th, 2015 | Last updated: May 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that would implement an online voter registration system for Florida. The system is planned to be in place by 2017.

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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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Citrus Greening Continues To Plague Florida Orange Groves

By on May 15th, 2015 | Last updated: May 15, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Described as one of the worst diseases to ever hit Florida orange groves, citrus greening is costing the state’s general fund $5.75 million. If the disease is not curbed it could be detrimental to Florida’s agriculture and economy.

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Florida Bee Population Growing Amid Diminishing Numbers Nationwide

By and on May 15th, 2015 | Last updated: May 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm

A survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bee Informed Partnership found that the country’s bee population is dwindling. Florida’s bee colonies, however, are growing, and local beekeepers see a problem with the national numbers.

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