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Terry Roen has 27 articles published.

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

Rick Scott ceremonially signs legislation to fight opioid abuse

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Gov. Rick Scott joined local law enforcement and legislative officials Thursday to ceremonially sign a bill that brings stiffer penalties for dealers of synthetic opioid drugs and fentanyl. The bill cuts through the bureaucracy and allows state officials to immediately draw more than $27 million in federal grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Opioid State Targeted Response Grant, awarded to Florida April 21.

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson says senior housing is top priority

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Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson spoke Monday about the importance of using public-private partnerships to provide affordable housing for seniors. The neurosurgeon-turned-housing-secretary gave a 30-minute speech to senior housing and health care providers at the 54th Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention in Orlando. Carson, who took the job in March, said senior housing was one of his top priorities. “We have to help more people age in place, keep their health and their homes…

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Eight grassroots leaders give thumbs up to Gwen Graham

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Democrat Gwen Graham is adding eight new endorsements Friday in her quest to become the state’s next governor. The endorsements announced by her campaign include a host of young and engaged grassroots leaders from across the state.

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Florida leads the nation in drowning deaths for preschoolers

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Florida ranks highest in the nation for drowning deaths of children under the age of four. A grim statistic to consider before heading out to the beach, lake or pool this Memorial Day. Memorial Day is the official start of the summer season and the best time to remind parents of the importance of teaching children about water safety. Florida had the highest drowning rate in the nation for the under four age group with 7.5 per 100,000 population, according…

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Rick Scott signs bill to fight terrorism

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Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Thursday that creates new criminal offenses to combat terrorism and funds more agents to investigate terrorist acts. The Governor was in Orlando to attend the Orlando Counter Terrorism Conference, where 210 agents from the law enforcement agencies from across the southeast are sharing ideas to stop terrorism. “This bill helps our local, state and federal law enforcement community work together to keep people safe,” Scott said. “We’ve all got to open our eyes and…

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NOAA predicts active 2017 hurricane season

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The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be more active than normal, with five to nine hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts 11 to 17 named tropical storms will develop in the region, which includes the Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, the agency announced Thursday. NOAA predicted that five to nine could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher, including 2 to 4 major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher. Hurricane…

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Spring Hill mother uses daughter to steal stroller at Disney World

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A Spring Hill mother is facing grand theft charges after being accused of stealing an $1,800 stroller at Hollywood Studios, then selling it online. Michelle Craig turned herself into Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday after Orange County detectives issued an arrest warrant. A Disney surveillance picture showed the alleged thief placing her young daughter in the fancy Bugaboo stroller before pushing it out of the park. Police also found multiple high-end strollers, diaper bags and designer purses for sale on…

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