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Thad Altman draws GOP challenger for HD 52 seat

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Longtime Republican lawmaker Thad Altman has drawn a primary challenger as he seeks re-election to the House next year. Melbourne Republican Matt Nye has opened a campaign account to challenge the Indialantic Republican in 2018 in Brevard County’s House District 52, according to the state Division of Elections website.

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Brevard Sheriff endorses Ashley Moody for Attorney General

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Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey is endorsing Republican Ashley Moody as Florida’s next Attorney General.

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Personnel note: AT&T names Dan Pollock Regional Director of External Affairs

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Dan Pollock joins AT&T as regional director of External Affairs for Central Florida. In his new role, Pollock will work closely with leaders in Orange, Brevard, Seminole, Lake, Sumter and Marion counties on AT&T legislative and community efforts. He will be based in Orlando. “Dan’s addition to our team is a big win for AT&T,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida president. “His proven track record in public affairs will help AT&T promote a business-friendly environment in Florida.” Before joining AT&T,…

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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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Matthew approaches as South Florida sees first rain bands, expected Cat 4

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Forecasters say the first outer rain bands from Hurricane Matthew already have begun to approach Florida as the big storm crosses the Bahamas toward the state. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Matthew is still a Category 3 hurricane as of 8 a.m. Thursday, packing top sustained winds up to 125 mph. It’s still expected to become an even more powerful Category 4 storm in coming hours as it approaches Florida’s east coast starting Thursday night. The storm…

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At least 500K urged to evacuate as Matthew nears Florida

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Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas and at least a half a million people along the coast were urged to evacuate their homes Wednesday, a mass exodus ahead of a major storm packing power the U.S. hasn’t seen in more than a decade. Matthew was a dangerous and life-threatening Category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 mph (190 kph) as it passed through the Bahamas, and it was expected to be very near Florida’s Atlantic coast…

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Rick Scott: Florida could face largest evacuation

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott says the state could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” because Hurricane Matthew is threatening almost the entire Atlantic coast of Florida. Scott said Wednesday he didn’t know how many people would be ordered to evacuate because it is left up to the counties, but he says every county along the coast is focused on it and has been preparing. So far, only Brevard and Martin counties have issued mandatory evacuation orders. Hurricane Matthew is barreling…

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