Mick's Morning News: 02.01.19

UCF Board Chairman Stepping Down 

(Orlando,  FL)  -- The controversy over misspent money is prompting more change at UCF. Board of Trustees Chairman Marcos Marchena [[ mar-CHEE-nuh ]] announced yesterday he will resign as chairman but remain on the board. The Board of Governors blamed the Board of Trustees for a lack of engagement in overseeing how the school was spending operating dollars, but Marchena says his conscience is clear. An investigation found those funds were being used improperly on school construction.  

DeSantis Promises Mass Deregulation 

(Orlando,  FL)  -- The state is taking what one official calls an important first step to make it easier to succeed. Governor Ron DeSantis was in Orlando yesterday where he announced a review of regulations he believes are harmful to the economy. Business Secretary Halsey Beshears says eliminating some regulations will give more people access to stable jobs. No specific regulatory changes were announced at yesterday's Deregathon event at Valencia College. 

Governor DeSantis Eliminates Common Core Education Standards    

(Tallahassee,  FL)   -- The governor is also eliminating the Common Core education standards in Florida schools. DeSantis made the announcement yesterday saying will be done with an executive order. DeSantis says he also wants to streamline standardized testing. 

Bay County Elections Official Discusses November Problems 

(Panama City,  FL)  -- A Bay County official is standing by a decision that left him open to criticism in the last election. Supervisor of Elections Mark Anderson addressed concerns yesterday about allowing email votes to be counted in November. Anderson said only a small number of voters were allowed to submit e-ballots, and he said he consulted with legal experts before doing so. He also tells News 13 he's already making plans to address problems some voters may have in 2020.  

Bill Proposed To Restrict Long Trains    

(Tallahassee,  FL)  -- A bill is filed in Tallahassee, to make it illegal for long trains to block Florida streets for extended periods of time. If it passes, it will be good news for those who have been frustrated for years about the practice. Supporters say it's not just about inconvenience, since the long trains can also keep first responders from getting to emergencies. House Bill 309 imposes fines for violators who break the law without good reason. 

Super Bowl Purchases By The Numbers 

(Undated) -- It’s Super Bowl weekend and the average person will spend a little more than 80-dollars on Super Bowl festivities with the lion's share of those dollars being spent on food. The National Chicken Council estimates that about one-point-three-billion chicken wings will be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday. Pizza Hut expects to sell more than two-million game day pizzas. According to the National Retail Federation, seven-percent of the 182-million people who will watch the game are going to do their viewing on a brand new television. Ten-percent will be wearing team apparel and accessories. 

Twins To Play in Super Bowl 

(Nyack, NY) -- Twins will be playing in this weekend's Super Bowl 53. Devin and Jason McCourty, former St. Joseph Regional and Rutgers stars, are both members of the New England Patriots. The brothers tragically lost their father to a heart attack when they were three-years-old and were raised by their mother, Phyllis Harrell, who's their biggest fan. The McCourty's are the first set of twins to play in a Super Bowl and also the first twin teammates in the NFL since 1926.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2016 , the Centers for Disease Control announced that an E. coli outbreak that left Chipotle customers sick across several states is over. 

2003 , upon its return to Earth after a 16-day mission in space, Space Shuttle Columbia dismantled over Texas, killing all seven crew members on board.

1994 , Jeff Gillooly pled guilty to racketeering and struck a deal to testify that his ex-wife Tonya Harding approved the assault on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. 

1898 , Travelers Insurance Company issued the first automobile insurance policy. 

1788 , the steamboat was patented.

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