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Seminoles increase efforts to protect Florida wildlife

Seminoles increase efforts to protect Florida wildlife

Hollywood-based tribe one of the country’s largest cattle operations BY DONNA GEHRKE-WHITE SUN SENTINEL (TNS) FORT LAUDERDALE — As development eats away at Florida’s untamed lands, wild animals have found an ally in the Seminole Tribe. The tribe’s 36,000-acre cattle operation on the Brighton Reservation, north of Lake Okeechobee, is an important pathway for migrating […]

Session starts on ‘exceptional’ note

Session starts on ‘exceptional’ note

COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE – Calling on something he termed “Florida exceptionalism,” Gov. Rick Scott used the annual State of the State address Tuesday to try to reinvigorate his legislative agenda after a difficult opening to his second term. During the 21-minute speech, Scott pushed lawmakers to adopt his proposals to slash […]

State leads nation in fraud and identity theft

State leads nation in fraud and identity theft

Florida’s transient population makes it easier for criminals to take advantage BY WILLIAM E. GIBSON AND DONNA GEHRKE-WHITE SUN SENTINEL (TNS) WASHINGTON — Florida remained the hotspot for fraud and identity theft in 2014, burdened by the highest per-person rate of consumer complaints in the nation. Among metropolitan areas, South Florida topped the list for […]

Bullard keynotes FAMU’s Black History Month Convocation

Bullard keynotes FAMU’s Black History Month Convocation

BY ALEXIS GARY SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Florida Sen. Dwight Bullard returned to his alma mater earlier this month as the keynote speaker for Florida A&M University’s Black History Month Convocation. Bullard challenged students to stand up for fellow HBCU South Carolina State University as it battles to stay open. Members of the South […]

FSU withdraws controversial recruit’s scholarship

FSU withdraws controversial recruit’s scholarship

BY ALEXIS GARY SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Florida State University (FSU) has rescinded the athletic scholarship of football recruit Brian Bell, who may have been involved in the death of a Georgia teenager. FSU’s athletic department refused to comment on the decision, only releasing a general statement about the university’s scholarship program. “As background I can tell you that […]

Seminoles elevate gambling fight

Seminoles elevate gambling fight

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Hours before a House leader unleashed a sweeping gambling overhaul that pointedly failed to include the Seminole Indians, the tribe began airing a television ad in the capital city reminding viewers about a $1 billion deal struck with the state five years ago. The 30-second ad hit the air in […]

Corrections leader promises ‘free passage’ for prison guards who speak up

Corrections leader promises ‘free passage’ for prison guards who speak up

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Corrections officers called to testify before state lawmakers won’t face retaliation, Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones assured senators Monday. Jones told members of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee that anyone who addresses the committee “will have free passage.” She added that the agency has started to hold meetings at […]