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Florida Senate puts the brakes on toll road expansion plans

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel TALLAHASSEE — A plan for expanding and building three toll roads on the western side of Florida was put on hold by its sponsor Wednesday, as Democrats including Sen. Linda Stewart pushed for more specifics on the environmental and land-use impacts. Sen. Tom Lee, a Thonotosassa Republican, said he’s working with Democrats and environmentalists on… Keep Reading

When to look up for the Lyrid meteor shower

SOURCE: The annual Lyrid meteor shower will peak on Tuesday morning, but keep your eyes on the sky over the weekend as well. There hasn’t been a meteor shower to light up the sky since early January, and this one will be visible around the globe. The moon was full Friday, so it will… Keep Reading

Florida Lottery education contributions reach $35 billion

SOURCE: The Florida Lottery announced today with its latest transfer to the state’s Education Enhancement Trust Fund that $35 billion has been contributed to date over the past 31 years.  Of that $35 billion, Florida’s public schools have received $11.6 billion, colleges and universities have received $8.4 billion and more than $5.6 billion has… Keep Reading

Post-mortem upgrade: Hurricane Michael now Category 5 storm

SOURCE: Weather forecasters have posthumously upgraded last fall’s Hurricane Michael from a Category 4 storm to a Category 5. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the storm’s upgraded status Friday, making Michael only the fourth hurricane on record to hit the U.S. as a Category 5. NOAA says National Hurricane Center scientists conducted… Keep Reading

Florida bill would hike smoking, vaping age from 18 to 21

SOURCE: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The minimum age for Floridians to possess tobacco and vaping products that deliver nicotine would rise from 18 to 21 under legislation approved by a state House committee. The measure that cleared the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday would also establish 21 as the minimum age for smokable forms of medical… Keep Reading

90-Year-Old Winner of $509.5 Million Jackpot Sues Son for Allegedly Mismanaging the Winnings

SOURCE: The 90-year-old winner of $509.5 million Powerball jackpot is now suing her son, claiming that he and his financial adviser have mismanaged the money. Former teacher Gloria Mackenzie, of Tallahassee, Florida, was 84 years old when she won the lottery in 2013 — the largest jackpot in history at the time. She walked arm-in-arm with her… Keep Reading

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