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Lockheed Martin is moving ballistic missile jobs to Florida

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Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to move about 300 ballistic missile program jobs from California to Florida’s Space Coast over the next two years. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. spokesman Matt Kramer told Florida Today that the employees moving to Brevard County will work on testing and maintenance for the Navy’s Trident II D-5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. The Trident II D5 is the latest generation of the Navy’s submarine-launched fleet ballistic missiles. Kramer said Lockheed Martin also will move additional missile program…

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Death row inmate who killed Florida deputy to be resentenced

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The Florida Supreme Court is ordering a new sentencing hearing for a death row inmate convicted of fatally shooting a Brevard County deputy during a traffic stop. The ruling Thursday is because the jury that recommended death for Brandon Lee Bradley was not unanimous. Deputy Barbara Pill pulled over Bradley in March 2012 shortly after a Melbourne motel owner reported he stole pillows, sheets and an air conditioner from a room. A dashboard camera showed Pill told Bradley to get…

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Storm wipes out Florida sand crucial for protection, tourism

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When Christa Savva returned to the Sandy Shoes Beach Resort a day after Hurricane Matthew brushed by Melbourne Beach, Florida, she looked at the beach in front of the pink-flamingo-colored hotel and noticed that half the sand dunes had disappeared. Savva guesses three-quarters of the missing dunes washed into the ocean, and the remaining quarter scattered onto the resort’s beachfront property, which was undamaged by the hurricane. “I was like, ‘Oh, my goodness!’” Savva, a property manager for the Space-Age-era…

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Hurricane Matthew spares South Florida, pushes north

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Hurricane Matthew scraped Florida’s Atlantic coast early Friday, toppling trees onto homes and knocking out power to a half-million people but sparing some of the most heavily populated stretches of shoreline the catastrophic blow many had feared. Authorities warned that the danger was far from over, with hundreds of miles of coastline in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina still under threat of torrential rain and dangerous storm surge as the hurricane pushed north. “Remember, it could be the worst of…

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Broward County asks thousands to leave homes

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Officials in Broward County are asking some 150,000 residents who live in low-lying areas,mobile homes or along the coastline to evacuate before Hurricane Matthew approaches South Florida. Broward County Mayor Marty Kiar said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon that nine shelters will open at area schools about 9 p.m. Kiar also asked tourists to either stay in their hotels, with family or friends or go to a shelter. He says the airport will have a number of flight delays…

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Ritch Workman not leaving state Senate race — no matter what Mike Haridopolos is saying

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Ritch Workman isn’t leaving the race for state Senate District 17 — and he’s fed up with Mike Haridopolos suggesting he will. Rep. Workman says the former Senate President is contacting political allies both in Tallahassee and in the newly-renumbered SD 17 floating his possible candidacy in the race and, to Workman’s chagrin, saying Workman intends to drop from the race. Workman – who declared his intention to run for the upper chamber back in 2014 – said this week that Haridopolos is free to jump…

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South Florida Sheriff evokes “good guy with a gun” to counter shooter threats

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Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey is taking a hard stance on the risk of terrorist attacks. In a nearly 7-minute video posted to the official Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Ivey calls on all residents, law enforcement, military or otherwise, to be “mentally and physically ready to respond to an attack.” “Let there be no mistake in what I’m about to say, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Ivey…

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