In the midst of what is shaping up to be a state budget that means not only will state workers not get pay raises, but they’ll be paying three percent of their salaries for their pensions, there is a little ray of sunshine for some north central Florida state workers. The legislative director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees , Doug Martin, says efforts to privatize two facilities have been put on hold. He talked with WUFT-FM news director Tom Krynski.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MARTINWEB1.MP3]
Residents of rural Bradford County recover after Hurricane Irma took their power and flooded some of their homes. Many residents are still without power and do not know when it will come back. Yet, getting outdoors seemed to be the common answer to their problems, as almost a dozen people fished in the flooded Sampson Creek, a father and son duo from Lake Butler put their boat in the elevated waters of the New River and a Sampson City resident drove an all-terrain vehicle through his neighborhood.