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Military members boost concealed-weapons licenses

Military members boost concealed-weapons licenses

BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Florida has fast-tracked concealed-weapons licenses to 82,000 military members and honorably discharged veterans since terror-related shootings at a pair of military installations in Tennessee two years ago. The fast-tracking for military members, who don’t have to wait until they’re age 21 as do civilian applicants, […]

Johnson gets another term as Board of Education chair

Johnson gets another term as Board of Education chair

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The State Board of Education on Monday selected Marva Johnson to serve a second consecutive term as board chair. Johnson was appointed to the board by Gov. Rick Scott in 2014 and chosen for her first term as chair in 2015. The board consists of seven members, who serve for […]

Orlando company catches flak for snortable chocolate

Orlando company catches flak for snortable chocolate

BY KYLE ARNOLD ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – A snortable chocolate powder developed by an Orlando resident is drawing fire from a top lawmaker in Washington, D.C. Orlando-based Legal Lean is selling a powdered chocolate meant to be snorted under the name Coco Loko. It’s for sale on Legal Lean’s website, as well as Amazon, where […]

State approves nursing programs at four colleges

State approves nursing programs at four colleges

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The State Board of Education on Monday approved new baccalaureate degrees for nursing at four state colleges in Central Florida. The board endorsed bachelor of science degrees at Valencia College, Eastern Florida State College, Lake-Sumter State College and Seminole State College of Florida. The board also approved a bachelor of […]

A home for Iyanna and Solomon

A home for Iyanna and Solomon

ADOPTIONS One Church One Child of Florida is reaching out to families and individuals in communities across the state in efforts to help find permanent homes for children. Children featured in this monthly spotlight are waiting for a permanent home and/or mentor. Daily, over 700 children are in need of a family to call their […]

NO DOLLAR LEFT BEHIND

NO DOLLAR LEFT BEHIND

Outgoing B-CU President Dr. Edison Jackson will cut his own deal for ‘early retirement,’ despite saddling the university with more than $300 million in debt under questionable circumstances. BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF DAYTONA BEACH – On Tuesday, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) announced that its current president Dr. Edison O. Jackson will retire and not serve […]

State needs more folks to hunt, fish

State needs more folks to hunt, fish

State needs more folks to hunt, fish BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Florida may proclaim itself the “fishing capital of the world,” but wildlife officials say they need more hunters and anglers to help cover costs of running state programs. The number of people buying hunting and fishing licenses hasn’t […]

Trump ‘fraud’ query paused

Trump ‘fraud’ query paused

Voter information request on hold BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Local elections officials are trying to talk voters out of unregistering, as privacy concerns continue to mount in response to a special commission created by President Donald Trump. Fears about data breaches and identity theft – or flat-out aversion to […]

Amazon bringing more than 1,500 full-time jobs to Orlando

Amazon bringing more than 1,500 full-time jobs to Orlando

BY KYLE ARNOLD ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – Amazon announced Monday it will expand its internet retailing empire by building a massive fulfillment center south of Orlando International Airport. The Seattle-based company spent months working to purchase the land for the project, which will employ 1,500 full-time workers and will open in 2018, Amazon said in […]

Scott signs legislation to combat opioid abuse

Scott signs legislation to combat opioid abuse

Florida Gov. Rick Scott hosted a ceremonial bill signing on Tuesday at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for HB 477, which creates new penalties and enhances existing penalties relating to synthetic opioid drugs, including fentanyl. It’s supposed to help communities fight the national opioid epidemic. “Our law enforcement officers are working every day to […]

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