Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Florida commissioner under fire after saying Muslim congresswoman might 'blow up' Capitol Hill

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 5:41 PM

A South Florida commissioner has come under fire after saying that U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Muslim congresswoman from Michigan, might "blow up Capitol Hill." The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Hallandale Commissioner Anabelle Lima-Taub made the comments on Facebook Jan. 8 after signing a petition to remove Tlaib from office. Hours after...

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Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy introduces bill to raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 4:43 PM

It's been almost nine and a half years since the federal minimum wage was last raised, but today over 100 Democrats – along with Florida congresswoman and Winter Park resident Stephanie Murphy– introduced a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour....

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Orlando is now painting parking boxes for its new 'dockless' bikeshare system

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 12:24 PM

In a moment of utter self-defiance, the City of Orlando has begun painting parking boxes across downtown to remind citizens where to park their "dockless" Lime bikes – yes, dockless – when they're finished riding. Kind of defeats the point, right? Not quite, according to Karyn Barber, a spokesperson...

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Osceola County among top Airbnb vacation rental markets in Florida

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 11:50 AM

Airbnb hosts in Florida welcomed more than 4.5 million guests to the state in 2018, and a good portion of those visitors stayed in Osceola County. The vacation rental platform announced Tuesday that Osceola County homeowners hosted 640,000 guests last year and earned $82.6 million. Osceola County came in second behind Miami-Dade County,...

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Florida public schools have a shortage of science, math and English teachers

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:45 AM

The State Board of Education is expected Wednesday to approve a report that details a shortage of certified science, English and math teachers in Florida’s public schools. The annual report points to issues such as a scarcity of certified teachers in subject areas such as general science, physics and...

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Florida lawmaker seeks warning stickers for prescription opioids

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:45 AM

Florida lawmakers continue to respond to the state’s opioid epidemic, with Rep. Joe Geller, D-Aventura, filing a bill Tuesday that, among other things, would require pharmacists to place red warning stickers on prescription drug bottles containing opioids or other controlled substances. The warning stickers would be required to flag...

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis targets Airbnb over West Bank policy

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:10 AM

Don’t expect Gov. Ron DeSantis to plan an Airbnb stay as part of his first foreign trip as the state’s top executive. The governor announced Tuesday that Florida employees will no longer be reimbursed for Airbnb stays while traveling, as the state considers economic sanctions over the home-sharing platform’s...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Orlando International Airport sponsoring donation drive for government employees during partial shutdown

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 3:14 PM

The Orlando International Airport Management Council is sponsoring a donation drive to assist employees of the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection, and the Federal Aviation Administration during the partial government shutdown. According to a news release from Great Orlando Aviation Authority, both the airport community and general...

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Orlando housing prices continue to go up, while overall sales drop

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 3:11 PM

The Orlando Regional Realtor Association released its annual report for the 2018 housing market, showing the average prices of homes are continuing to increase while sales drop. The report shows that since 2017, the overall median price of Orlando homes has gone up to $232,500 from $220,000. Correlated to...

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Florida could soon allow drivers to keep their licenses on cellphones

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 3:06 PM

Florida could soon allow drivers to keep digital licenses on their cellphones and present them as identification. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, is planning to file a bill authorizing people to keep their driver's licenses or ID on smartphones. The measure would allow the electronic...

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