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Chancery High gives hope, future for struggling Orange County students

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Estefania Rivera enrolled in her zoned public high school as the new girl, but the bullying became too much for her to handle. Merciless in their torment, the other kids “mobbed and harassed” her every day. It reached the point where Rivera didn’t want to go to school anymore. “I had no friends,” she said. “So, they thought there was something wrong with me.” So, Rivera just quit going to school. When the bus came, she’d wait outside. When her parents were…

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Hoping to curb pollution, Randy Fine bill would require inspection of septic tanks

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A new bill filed today by Rep. Randy Fine, who represents House District 53, would aim to solve the Indian River Lagoon’s septic tank crisis and help all of Florida’s water quality by requiring the inspection of septic tanks as part of home and other real estate sales. The Indian River Lagoon was revealed last year to have been polluted by human waste leaking from faulty septic tanks. The number of septic tanks in the area is unknown, but estimated to…

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At annual meeting, Republicans contemplate their place at the top after election wins

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With big wins in the November elections and now about to control the House, Senate and the presidency, the Republican Party of Florida didn’t feel the need to shake up party leadership much — re-electing Blaise Ingoglia by a sizable margin at the 2017 annual leadership conference Saturday morning. The RPOF spent much of the rest of the morning at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando on top of the world and in good spirits. But they also focused on the future and…

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Blaise Ingoglia wins re-election as chair of Florida GOP

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Incumbent Republican Party of Florida chair Blaise Ingoglia swept to victory Saturday morning at the annual elections with a 152 to 76 vote over challenger Christian Ziegler. Ingoglia, in a speech touting his virtues, called attention to his own free-market and grassroots leanings, saying there was really only one way to win — through having feet on the ground and getting out and doing the work. “It’s sitting at home and saying goodbye to your wife and your children, driving to…

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Marco Rubio votes to repeal Affordable Care Act

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has cast his vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Early Thursday morning, the Senate GOP took a first step towards a repeal of the law – which they’ve long said was a goal of theirs and which President-elect Donald Trump made a campaign promise to do. In a marathon voting session, they approved a budget resolution that would speed through the repeal of the law. Rubio was right on board with…

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Orlando City Soccer stadium unveils 49 rainbow-colored seats as tribute to Pulse victims

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The soon-to-open Orlando City Soccer stadium will have a section of seats painted in bright, proud rainbow colors to celebrate and memorialize the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. There will be 49 seats painted that way in total – one for each person lost in the shooting. They’ll all be emblazoned with the hashtag “Orlando United, ” and they’re placed in section 12, as the shooting happened on June 12 last year. The rest of the seats are purple…

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Rick Scott wants 5% raise for state law-enforcement

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Governor Rick Scott announced Thursday that he intended to propose a 5 percent pay raise for all state law enforcement, which would then be voted on early next year by legislature. Standing with a host of local and state law enforcement officials outside the Florida Highway Patrol office in Orlando, Scott praised law enforcement for their work during an especially trying time – citing that 32 law enforcement officers had been killed so far this year. He would know, he…

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