Rep. Fine Clarifies Comment About Shutting Down UCF
(Tallahassee, FL) -- A state lawmaker is trying to calm fears about the future of UCF. Palm Bay State Rep. Randy Fine said yesterday that UCF could be shut down for up to a decade for misspending millions of state dollars. Fine later said the comment wasn't meant to be taken literally. He tells the Orlando Sentinel he was only trying to get school officials to realize how serious the situation is.
Capitol Lit To Honor Parkland Anniversary
(Tallahassee, FL) -- The anniversary of the Parkland school shooting is being commemorated in Tallahassee. The Florida Historic Capitol Museum was lit orange last night and will be so every night this week. Today marks one year since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. Ag Commissioner Nicki Fried says the lighting should serve as a pledge that the 17 victims will not be forgotten.
Governor Requests Grand Jury Investigation Into Parkland Shooting
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- Governor Ron DeSantis is moving to hold people accountable for the school shooting that left 17 people dead a year ago. Yesterday, in Fort Lauderdale, he announced a petition has been filed to form a grand jury to investigate the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. DeSantis said the purpose of the grand jury will be to identify and hold those accountable for the Parkland shooting and suggest measures to prevent future tragedies. He was joined by families of the victims of the shooting.
Broward schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said yesterday he agrees with the governor. Runcie says he's in favor of anything that improves school security in his district and others. He also says what we learn could make us all better and will benefit students and teachers.
Mother Of Four Missing
(Cocoa, FL) -- Family members are pleading for help to find a missing mother of four from Brevard County. Cocoa 31-year-old Tashaun Jackson has been missing since Saturday, and relatives yesterday announced a five thousand dollar reward for information that leads to her discovery. Jackson was last seen at a 7-Eleven at Dixon and Fiske boulevards. Family members say she would have never just left her kids behind like that.
Man Wrecks Villages Golf Course In Police Chase
(The Villages, FL) -- A man who claimed someone was eating his brains is in custody after a police chase through a golf course. It started Sunday morning in The Villages at the village of Country Club when a gate attendant called 911 about Georgia 29-year-old Jessie Webb. Lady Lake Police responded, and they say Webb, while in a stolen Community Watch truck, led them on a car chase through Orange Blossom Hills Golf and Country Club. Webb allegedly caused thousands of dollars worth of damage before he crashed on US 441 and was arrested when he tried to run away.
Romance Scams Soar Ahead Of Valentine's Day
(Undated) -- Love isn't the only thing in the air on this Valentine's Day. Consumer advocates warn that romance scams are soaring. The Federal Trade Commission reports hoaxes shot up to more than 21-thousand last year, compared to just under 17-thousand in 2017. Losses went from 88-million dollars in 2017 to 143-million last year. The median loss to a romance scam last year was 26-hundred dollars. The FTC says that's seven times more than any other type of consumer fraud. Romance scammers often find victims through online dating sites, apps, or social media. The FTC says never send money to a potential love interest you haven't met in person.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
1980, Walter Cronkite announced his retirement from the "CBS Evening News." Dan Rather was introduced as his replacement.
1929, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place in Chicago, Illinois. Noted gangster Al Capone and his gang killed seven members of a rival gang in a warehouse.
1920, the League of Women Voters was founded.
1912, Arizona was named the 48th state of the union.
1899, the U.S. Congress approved the use of voting machines for federal elections.