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Today’s top stories
• During his address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump continued to enforce his belief in a “barrier” and refuses to reopen the government until he is funded $5.6 billion for this project. Here’s how Florida politicians from U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy reacted. (Tampa Bay Times)
• As the shutdown continues into its third week, there are impacts to hurricane forecasting research, active Coast Guard members, and community aid organizations across the state. ” It’s a pause that could delay life-saving upgrades to forecasts” says Eric Blake, National Weather Service union steward (Miami Herald, FLKeyNews, WJCT, Palm Beach Post)
• The government shutdown has also impacted air travelers by removing much of the Federal Aviation Administration’s necessary staff, including most safety inspectors. (AP)
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• Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ future plans consist of limiting the state’s harsh political divide and focusing more of Florida’s overall development. Here are photos from his and others’ swearing-in ceremonies. (AP)
• Nikki Fried is the first Jewish woman in Florida’s Cabinet. ( Tampa Bay Times)
• U.S. Sen. Rick Scott was sworn into office yesterday as well, as Florida is now represented in the U.S. Senate by two Republicans. (Florida Politics)
• At least 50 former felons registered to vote yesterday in Alachua County, now that Amendment 4 from the November ballot has taken effect. In addition to those in Alachua County, a handful of former felons in Marion County also registered and can now vote. (WUFT News, Ocala Star-Banner)
• U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman demands further regulation and inspection of contaminated water in Ocala, following the Miami Herald’s reporting.
• It’s worked so far in Winter Garden, so golf carts may be allowed on main roads in residential areas across parts of Orange County. (WMFE)
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