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Suspect in killings of 2 Fla. officers arrested at bar

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A police officer in Florida died from his injuries Saturday, a day after his colleague was killed when a suspect fired at them during a scuffle while they were on patrol. The suspect was later arrested at a bar.

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Thousands of acres of conservation easement on Cabinet aides’ agenda

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The Triple S Ranch lies 15 miles north of Lake Okeechobee — a 7,000-acre cattle operation, relatively untouched by development, within the recharge zone for the Kissimmee River. Rare and endangered species, including a Florida panther, wander its streams and cypress swamps. On Wednesday morning, aides to Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet will peruse a proposal to buy a conservation easement on 4,177 acres of the Okeechobee County property, for close to $7 million. The deal is scheduled to…

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Last of drug-smuggling ‘Cocaine Cowboys’ arrested in Florida

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The last of South Florida’s drug-smuggling “Cocaine Cowboys” has been arrested — some 26 years after he went on the lam — while on a 40-mile bike ride with his wife near the Orlando suburb where they apparently lived under assumed names. The Miami Herald reports Gustavo “Taby” Falcon, 55, was booked into the Orange County Jail Wednesday evening and is charged with smuggling tons of cocaine into the United States in the 1980s along with his notorious brother, Augusto…

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Frank Attkisson killed in bicycle-car crash

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Former Osceola County chairman, Florida state representative, and Kissimmee Mayor Frank Attkisson was killed Thursday night when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Attkisson, 61, was riding on Kissimmee Park Road near St. Cloud around 6:30 p.m. Thursday when his bike was struck from behind by a car driven by 26-year-old Kristie Jean Knoebel of St. Cloud, according to the patrol. The crash is being investigated. Attkisson was transported to Osceola…

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Stevie Wonder to join Barack Obama at Kissimmee event Sunday

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R&B legend Stevie Wonder will be joining President Barack Obama on stage in Kissimmee Sunday in the campaign for Hillary Clinton for president. You can bet the message will be, Isn’t she lovely. Wonder joins a long list of singers and celebrities who have joined the Clinton campaign tours in recent weeks in Florida yet may eclipse them all with his more than 50 years of songwriting, recording, performing and producing, and his 25 Grammy Awards. The rally, focusing on get-out-the-vote efforts, is…

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Donald Trump plans second Central Florida visit this month

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The Interstate 4 corridor is heating up, as Donald Trump plans a second visit to Central Florida in eight days on Thursday, marking the fifth presidential race campaign stop in the first two weeks of August. Trump is planning a 7 p.m. rally Thursday at Osceola County’s Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, the same venue his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton spoke at Monday evening. This follows Trump’s Aug. 3 visit to Daytona Beach, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine‘s Aug. 2…

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Adam Putnam talks about traps for mosquitoes to test for Zika virus

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At the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Kissimmee, trained scientists will be working this summer to stop the spread of the Zika virus before it becomes a problem in Florida. At a news event Thursday morning, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said there were no Zika cases that originated in Florida yet. Although there are currently 158 cases of Zika in Florida, Putnam reassured that all of them were travel-related — none had originated here. Putnam’s fear, however, was…

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