Most Central Florida Counties Back Trump
(Tallahassee, FL) -- President Trump can thank Central Florida for helping win the state for a second time. Trump won Marion, Lake, Brevard, Volusia, Polk and Sumter counties. Joe Biden won Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. Overall, Trump won Florida, unofficially, with 51 percent of the vote.
Florida Voters Pass Minimum Wage Hike
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Minimum wage workers will get a raise. Amendment Two, which raises the minimum wage to 10 dollars an hour next year, passed yesterday with about 61- percent of the vote. The amendment calls for the minimum wage, now 8-56 an hour, to eventually reach 15 dollars an hour. Florida becomes the eighth state to approve a 15-dollar an hour minimum wage.
Amendments One, Five And Six Pass
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Florida's primary elections will remain closed, but other proposed amendments have passed. Voters yesterday rejected Amendment Three to open the primaries to all voters. Amendment One, requiring citizenship to vote, passed, as did Amendment Five extending Save Our Homes benefits, and Amendment Six, which provides a tax discount to the spouses of certain deceased veterans. Amendment Four, which would require amendments to pass in two elections before taking effect, was defeated.
Republicans Make Gains In State House
(Tallahassee, FL) -- Republicans are taking more control of the state House. Three Republican challengers beat incumbent Democrats yesterday, and a handful of Republicans won open seats. FloridaPolitics.com estimates Republicans will hold 77 of 120 seats in the house. Democrats did win an open seat when Andrew Learned beat Republican Michael Owen in District 59 in Tampa Bay.
Osceola County Deals With Internet Outage On Election Day
(Kissimmee, FL) -- A construction crew is responsible for causing an Election Day snag in Osceola County. Workers with Charter Communications cut a Spectrum fiber line that serves the area where the Supervisor of Elections office is, which caused an outage. As a result, Elections Supervisor Mary Jane Arrington says workers from all precincts had to drive their ballot machines to the office. Votes for all precincts weren't counted until 11:30 last night.
Tony Elected Sheriff In Broward County
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) -- Gregory Tony can claim victory in the Broward County's sheriff race. Tony, a Democrat, got 65-percent of the vote to beat Republican H. Wayne Clark and unaffiliated Charles Whatley. Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Tony sheriff after DeSantis suspended Scott Israel following the Parkland school shooting.
Florida In Cone Of Hurricane Eta
(Miami, FL) -- South Florida may have to prepare for another hurricane. The National Hurricane Center has the area in Hurricane Eta's cone of uncertainty. The NHC says the storm could start making its way here this weekend. Overnight, the storm moved over northeastern Nicaragua, bringing life-threatening storm surge, damaging winds and flash flooding.
Guinness Confirms World's Largest Live Streamed Seance
(England) -- No doubt a lot of ghost stories were told over Halloween weekend, and now one is breaking a world record. More than nine-thousand people tuned in to watch a seance live streamed on Facebook. It was the biggest virtual audience ever, hoping to see paranormal investigators contact spirits at a haunted gothic mansion in England. The team said most spirits don't want to cause harm, they just want others to know they're still around.Maybe the Ghosts of Elections Past?
British Man Accidentally Lights Head On Fire
(England) -- One British man is still recovering after accidentally setting himself on fire using his hand sanitizer. Officials say 42-year-old Brian Hutchinson was in his taxi cab when a passenger left a lighter behind. Not realizing that his still-drying hand sanitizer was flammable, the man flicked the lighter and caused a "fireball" to ignite in his hands. The seconds-long flame quickly spread, burning his head, arms and legs. The essential worker says he has since endured a long journey with his health by enduring multiple operations and skin grafts. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the man and his family. Experts are warning of COVID-19-related incidents, saying people need to use extreme caution when administering alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
TODAY IN HISTORY:
2015, a sitting U.S. president was not among the top two in Forbes' "World's Most Powerful People" list for the first time ever. President Obama dropped to third place behind Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel [[ AHN-guh-luh MUR-kul ]].
2008, in an historic Election Day victory, Democratic Illinois Senator Barack Obama was declared the winner of the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.
1979, 52 workers at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage by Iranian militants. The hostages remained in captivity for 444 days.
1904, Harvard Stadium became the first stadium built specifically for football.