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Today’s top stories
• Click here to tune into FDOT’s live video stream of M-CORES kickoff meeting in Tampa, which starts at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day. At least one of the proposed roads could come through this area, and this is the beginning of the process to decide the routes.
• State Rep. Dianne Hart discussed the poor conditions of Marion County’s Lowell Correctional Institution, noting extreme heat, short meal times, inadequate female hygiene materials and inmate treatment among other issues. The heat in state prisons, too, was a subject of reporting earlier this month. (Miami Herald, WLRN)
• Officials may decide what to do about the funding of the Deland SunRail at the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission meeting Thursday. Will it be built? Or will it be deemed too expensive? (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
• The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement wants a location that can house 500 migrant children and is looking at a Travelodge near the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and State Road 528 as well as locations in Orlando and in Lake County. Central Florida Democrats, including Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, do not want a detention center in Central Florida. (WMFE)
• Orlando is getting $3.25 million in anti-terrorism funding from the federal government. “These funds will enhance our law enforcement’s preparedness and prevention methods. We will continue to invest and strengthen our security measures to combat all terrorist activity in Florida,” said Congressman Darren Soto. (WMFE)
• A federal judge ruled the FBI unlawfully withheld part of its investigation into a Saudi family in Sarasota that was allegedly linked to the 9/11 hijackers. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
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