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‘Rebirth of aviation’
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Imagine a world where a farmer could obtain a bird’s eye view of his crops without stepping an inch off the ground. Imagine a city official being able to survey … read more.
Commercial camera in the sky
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Every forecast in Florida in the summer says sunny … at least partly. It was the same last week at the Florida Air Museum when the forecast was for Unmanned … read more.
The question of immigrants
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
What should we do with immigrants who are residing in America illegally? Should we deport them? Grant them amnesty? Build a wall to keep them out? During this year’s election, … read more.
Wanda Young’s passing called end of an era
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
It didn’t matter from whatever walk or station in life, Wanda P. Young, of Alturas, touched the lives of many and they showed up in force the morning of July 7 … read more.
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Solano: Completely shocked, stunned
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Most teachers aren’t ready to head back to school yet, but one Highlands Grove Elementary School teacher didn’t mind on Monday. She was there to meet the press and bask in her newly won title as Florida Teacher of the … read more.

Woman is taking aim at gun safety
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
A mother’s worst nightmare became a reality when a 31-year-old Jacksonville woman was shot by her 4-year-old son. Surviving the freak accident on March 8 changed her life and launched her mission to promote gun safety. “I hope that I … read more.

Bok Academy wins first place
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
After competing for three consecutive years, Bok Tower Academy students have won first place on the state level in a robotics programming competition, with the opportunity to compete in the nationals this August. The competition is part of a nationwide … read more.

Students fighting citrus greening
Wed  Jul 20 2016 08:30AM
Florida currently faces two problems. First, citrus production has been on the decline due to Huanglongbing — HLB — disease, or “citrus greening,” thus posing a risk to the state’s economy. Second, test scores in science have been lingering among … read more.

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Florida’s jobs agency gives checks to departing employees
Sat  Jul 23 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Amid a major shakeup pushed by Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida agency responsible for luring jobs to the state is paying nearly a half-million dollars to departing employees. Florida taxpayers are picking up the majority of … read more.

County worker accused of threatening Florida AG Pam Bondi
Fri  Jul 22 2016 10:19PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi got a death threat from a county worker in central Florida who accused her of hating gays and taking bribes from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. A Florida Department … read more.

Authorities: $1B Medicare fraud nursing home scam, 3 charged
Sat  Jul 23 2016 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been charged in an unprecedented $1 billion health care fraud scam, accused of using dozens of Miami nursing homes to bilk the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to an indictment unsealed … read more.

Historic home destroyed by fire
Fri  Jul 22 2016 10:19PM
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say one of Melbourne’s oldest surviving houses has been destroyed by a fire. Florida Today reports that firefighters responded to the Elizabeth Eaton home early Thursday afternoon. The flames were knocked down about an hour … read more.

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