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Governor Wants More Money for Environment, Remains Vague on Climate Change


WMFE, Orlando – Gov. Rick Scott says he’s making the environment a priority for 2015 as he continues his re-election campaign. But Scott remained vague on climate change Wednesday at a news conference at Wekiwa Springs State Park. The governor wants to put $1 billion toward protecting Florida’s waters. Half would go toward alternative water sources, and the other half toward springs. When asked whether climate change is a problem for Florida, however, Scott had this to say: “I don’t think I’m qualified to make that decision. What I’m qualified to do is solve problems, and that’s what I’ve done. I’ve focused on, tell me the issue and I’ve done my best to solve it, whether it’s the Everglades, whether …
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Billy Manes | Florida Redistricting


Billy Manes talks about the ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis to revise the congressional redistricting map to fix two districts he had previously declared unconstitutional.
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Nelson: SpaceX Expansion in Texas is Small Blow for Space Coast


August 5, 2014 | WMFE, Orlando – Sen. Bill Nelson says there’s still hope for a multi-user spaceport on the Space Coast, even after SpaceX’s decision to expand in Texas rather than Florida. The Central Florida Democrat says discussions are underway among NASA, the Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration to carve out commercial launch space here. SpaceX already launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and plans to launch from an old shuttle pad at Kennedy Space Center. But the space company also wants a commercial launch site free of government regulation, which is why it will build a site in Texas. Nelson says it’s a minor blow to the Space Coast. “SpaceX is only one company, and most …
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Photo: The Kelloggs say more resources would have helped them. They found the system bewildering to navigate, and many programs in place today for struggling homeowners weren’t available then. By Amy Green.
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After Foreclosure, Homeless Face Long Recovery


August 6, 2014 | WMFE, Orlando – Five years after the end of the worst recession in a generation, no region is more troubled by foreclosures than Central Florida. The crisis is resolving in most of the rest of the country. But here, where houses continue to go up for auction, families left homeless by foreclosure face a long recovery. The Kelloggs are one of those families. Paul Kellogg and his wife Judie moved in to their new home about a year ago with their two children, 21-year-old Dominique and 18-year-old Raymond. Paul is a civil engineer who was designing subdivisions when he lost his job in 2009. A year later the bank foreclosed on the Sanford home where the …
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