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Pam Bondi a Top Prospect to Handle the President's Impeachment Messaging

October 25, 2019 - 4:45pm
Pam Bondi

Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is one of two names at the top of President Donald Trump's list to handle White House communications for the impeachment probe, a person familiar with the deliberations told Reuters Friday. He was speaking on condition of anonymity.

Tampa's Whopping $1.4 Billion Westshore Area Interchange Project Set for FY 2023-2024

October 25, 2019 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis, Kevin J. Thibault and Whit Blanton

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced Thursday $1.4 billion for the reconstruction of the I-275/SR 60 Westshore Area Interchange in Tampa. The project is set to take place in fiscal year 2023-2024.

Survivors of Florida's Death Row Deliver Message to DeSantis: 'Don’t Kill James Dailey'

October 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Exonorees (Credit: Lance Oliver Photography)

Five men who spent years on death row for crimes they did not commit delivered a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday, urging him to halt James Dailey’s upcoming execution and thoroughly review the evidence in his case.

Dailey, who is set to be executed Nov. 7, was convicted in the May 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio, who had been hitchhiking with her twin sister and another girl near St. Petersburg, according to court documents.

Nikki Fried Brings Second Graders to the Old Capitol for National Ag Literacy Day

October 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Nikki Fried with second graders Tuesday

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried joined a group of second grade students from Pineview Elementary School on Tuesday to celebrate National Agriculture Literacy Day. 

Florida Workforce Listening Tour Coming With Focus on Career and Technical Education

October 23, 2019 - 6:00am
Richard Corcoran and Ron DeSantis

With the Florida Department of Education planning to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education on how career and technical education (CTE) centers around the state help students enter the workforce, state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is getting ready to hit the road. 

Corcoran announced that he will host a series of events across the state to gather input as the state gets ready to submit the report in the spring and receive federal funds. 

Spirit Airlines Will Locate Its $250 Million Global HQ in Dania Beach

October 19, 2019 - 6:00am
Rendering of new Spirit Airlines headquarters

Spirit Airlines, fastest-growing airline in America, announced Thursday its intention to build a state-of-the-art headquarters in Dania Beach. The company said it plans to move into the new campus by mid-2022.

The airline, headquartered in Miramar for more than 20 years, submitted site plans to the City of Dania Beach to build a campus up to 500,000 square feet at Dania Pointe, what it calls "a premier mixed-use development comprised of nearly one million square feet of retail space, restaurants and housing."

Waltz, Crenshaw, Murphy Urge Defense to Award Medal of Honor to Florida Sergeant

October 18, 2019 - 6:00am
Army Sgt. First Class Alwyn Cashe

U.S. Reps. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, and Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla. wrote a letter Thursday urging the U.S. Department of Defense to consider awarding the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe, a war hero and Florida son who grew up in Oviedo.

The bipartisan letter sent to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy cited SFC Cashe’s extraordinary heroism and self-sacrifice as the basis for Cashe’s Silver Star to be upgraded to the Medal of Honor, the highest award for military valor.

Albritton Wins Galvano's Appointment to the Southern States Energy Board; Mayfield Is an Alternate

October 12, 2019 - 7:00am
Ben Albritton and Debbie Mayfield

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, announced Friday the appointment of Sen. Ben Albritton, R-Wauchula, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, as a Florida member of the Southern States Energy Board. Galvano appointed Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Melbourne, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, the Environment, and General Government as an alternate Florida member.

On First Anniversary of Hurricane Michael, DeSantis Announces $28 Million for Northwest Florida

October 11, 2019 - 6:00am
Panama City still struggles to recover

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a $28 million investment for Northwest Florida on Thursday, one year after Hurricane Michael made landfall as a powerful Category 5 hurricane. The governor is awarding nearly $3 million to Panama City through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund and requesting $25 million from the Florida Legislature to fund the Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

USDA Expects Slight Rise in Florida Orange Production

October 11, 2019 - 6:00am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its crop forecast on Thursday and its outlook on oranges across the nation is “virtually unchanged” from last year, though Florida production is expected to rise slightly. 

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