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Summit to address energy, water, food crisis

Summit to address energy, water, food crisis

International event will be presented by FAMU, Orlando Florida A&M University (FAMU) is partnering with the City of Orlando to host its 2017 Energy Water Food Nexus International Summit from Sept. 20-22 at the Hilton Orlando. This new science enterprise, launched by FAMU’s School of the Environment in 2015, will unite international thought leaders, researchers, […]

Pulse shooter’s widow:  He showed club photo

Pulse shooter’s widow: He showed club photo

ORLANDO SENTINEL ORLANDO – Noor Salman told federal investigators that her husband, Omar Mateen, showed her a photo of Pulse on his computer less than two days before he opened fire inside the Orlando nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring dozens more. But government forensic experts have not been able to find evidence of the […]

Senators seek school study funding

Senators seek school study funding

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Two Republican senators Tuesday requested a study of a long-controversial part of Florida’s school-funding formula, arguing it helps urban school districts at the expense of suburban and rural districts. Senate Education Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, and Sen. Travis Hutson, R-Elkton, sent a letter to Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, […]

State dealing with increase in card skimmers

State dealing with increase in card skimmers

BY LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Credit-card skimming devices at Florida gas stations and stores are on a dramatic rise this year. State figures show 315 skimmers had been discovered at Florida gas pumps through July 18, compared to 120 skimmers discovered through the first seven months of 2016. That represents […]

Rise in Florida’s child Baker Act cases draws attention

Rise in Florida’s child Baker Act cases draws attention

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With a dramatic increase in the number of children being taken in for involuntary psychiatric examinations, a state panel on July 20 began looking to address the Baker Act issue. More than 32,000 children were subject to examinations under Florida’s Baker Act during the 2015-16 fiscal year, an increase of […]

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 […]