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Live Brief: Senate Majority Leader McConnell Asks Rubio To Run for Senate

| May 31, 2016

McConnell’s comments on the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” came after reports during the past week that Rubio is being pressured to run for re-election this fall.

Can You Be Punished For Refusing DUI Test? 2 Highest Courts About to Decide.

| May 31, 2016

Sept. 1 arguments before the Florida court on the question may be made moot by a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, expected in June, on the same issue. U.S. Justices were skeptical of breath tests.

Holland Park Renovation Advancing But Not Making Up Time

| May 31, 2016

The city has started invoking the liquidated damages provision of the contract against Tumbleson White Construction Inc. of Gainesville. “We are trying to hit them in the pocketbook at this point,” the city manager said.

Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime and Incident Reports

| May 31, 2016

Palm Coast and Flagler County jail bookings, day and night shift commanders’ crime and incident reports investigated by Sheriff’s deputies and archive.

In Feud’s Latest Distortion, Palm Coast Blames County for “Killing” $600,000 City Road Grant

| May 31, 2016

Palm Coast and the county are at it again, but in this case the city appears to have misrepresented the county’s intention not to violate the law in the latest flare-up of an ongoing feud between City Manager Jim Landon and County Administrator Craig Coffey.

Intersection at Old Kings Road and Town Center Blvd. Will Finally Get a Traffic Light

| May 31, 2016

The $154,000 project will include some new landscaping and will also result in the closure of the makeshift parking area for people who use the Lehigh Trail. The zone must be closed to make the new arrangement safer.

Florida Insurers Requesting an Average 17.7% Rate Increase in Obamacare Plans for 2017

| May 31, 2016

While the requested increases for Florida vary from zero to 40 percent, all requested increases for silver plans are under 14 percent, and half are under 3 percent.

Tuesday Briefing: PTSD Memorial at Heroes Park, Old Kings Traffic Light, Legacy Florida in Everglades

| May 31, 2016

You may finally be looking at a traffic light at Town Center Boulevard and Old Kings Road, you will be looking at a PTSD-suicide memorial at Heroes Park, and the latest analyses on the two most disliked people in America, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Voices From the Grave
Maj. Sullivan Ballou’s Last Letter to His Wife

| May 30, 2016

Maj. Sullivan Ballou’s letter to his wife, written a week before he was killed at Bull Run in 1861, is one of the great eulogies of sorrow and divided duty to nation and family. As a memorial to the victims of war, who include survivors, especially civilians, the letter has few equals.

Obama in Hiroshima:
The Shallowness of American Atonement

| May 28, 2016

Paul Tibbets, who captained the Enola Gay to its mission over Hiroshima, proudly sold WMD memorabilia into his old age, and President Obama refused to apologize in what was the first visit by a sitting president to Hiroshima in 71 years.

Hurricane Amnesia Worries Officials as Florida Weathers 11th Year Without Direct Hit

| May 28, 2016

On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gave a “near-normal” forecast for the 2016 Atlantic season, which means a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 4 to 8 could grow into hurricanes.

Flagler County Approves Manatee Protection Plan With Speed Zones on Intracoastal

| May 28, 2016

The county has been under mandate to develop a plan since 2006, when state and federal authorities halted issuing permits for boating slips on the Intracoastal Waterway, where seven manatees have been killed by boats since 2006.

Dangerous Rip Currents Expected As Tropical Depression #2 Approaches S.C. Coast

| May 28, 2016

Elevated onshore flow and building surf will create an elevated rip current risk along the coast today through Memorial Day as Tropical Depression #2 tracks toward the South Carolina coast, the National Weather Service cautions.

Art Walk Renaissance as Calypso and ZinkZank Galleries Open Within Brush Stroke of Salvo

| May 27, 2016

Weldon and Richlin Ryan’s new Calypso Fine Art Gallery at Marvin garden, along with Sheila Skipp Zinkerman’s ZinkZank gallery and Salvo Art Project, are burgeoning an art walk similar to what existed at City Marketplace before an exodus two years ago.

Developer Charlie Faulkner Arrested on DUI and Criminal Mischief Charges Over Political Sign

| May 27, 2016

Charlie Faulkner, president of Flagler Beach’s Faulkner and Associates, was arrested after a cop spotted him throwing a Chris Yates for Sheriff sign into the woods on State Road 100, though Faulkner was acting on a property he manages.

Marco Rubio Says He’s Out For Good: No Senate Run, No Plans For Governor in 2018

| May 27, 2016

Rubio said he has heard from colleagues and Florida activists “in the last day or so” who want him to re-up for six more years in the Senate, but he ruled that out in favor of eventually endorsing Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera for Senate.

Memorial Weekend Briefing: Ceremonies from Veterans to Heroes Park, FPC Reunion, FBI’s Email Ploy, Sexist Canon

| May 27, 2016

Monday is dominated by Memorial Day ceremonies from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., FPC Class of 1996 have their 20-year reunion, the FBI wants to sneak into your email, thoughts on the sexist canon we still should read.

FTI Director’s Suspicions Lead to Arrest of 2 Boys, 14, One of Them Carrying Stun Gun

| May 26, 2016

FTI Director Kevin McCarthy got suspicious when he saw the two boys walking on FPC’s and FTI’s campus. They fled when he and a deputy confronted them but were soon after arrested in the Target shopping center.

Golden Lion’s Key Lime Tartar Sauce Yields $2,800 in Latest Donations to Needy

| May 26, 2016

The Bunnell Food Pantry, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Halifax Urban Ministries of Daytona Beach were the beneficiaries of the third distribution of proceeds from Golden Lion’s sauce.

Domestic Confrontation in R-Section leads to Search and Weapons Charges Against Felon

| May 26, 2016

Deputiues had been alerted to Michael Jason Jozefek’s property on Palm Coast’s Rippling Brook Drive because of a fight. A search uncovered a gun and drugs, resulting in eight charges against the felon.

County, Palm Coast and Flagler Beach Drum Up Trio of Memorial Day Commemorations

| May 26, 2016

Each of the three government is putting on its own ceremony Monday, starting at 8 a.m. in Palm Coast, 10 a.m. at county government, and 1 p.m. in Flagler Beach.

Gov. Scott Likens Obama Guidance on Transgender Equality to “Blackmail”

| May 26, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott issued his harshest comments yet about the federal government’s guidance on how public schools should treat transgender students, but stopped short of saying whether his administration would enter the fray against the Obama administration’s controversial initiative.

Profiling By Computer in Florida: What Algorithmic Injustice Looks Like in Broward

| May 26, 2016

Courtrooms are using computer programs to predict who will be a future criminal, informing decisions from bail to sentencing. Meant to be fairer than human biases, one such program in Florida is particularly likely to falsely flag black defendants as future criminals, wrongly labeling them this way at almost twice the rate as white defendants.

Kenneth Kirkland II Faces Life in Prison for Daytona Car-Jacking and Armed Robbery

| May 26, 2016

Kenneth Jerome Kirkland, II, was convicted late Wednesday (May 25) by a jury of three men and three women on charges of carjacking with a firearm, grand theft, and principal to robbery with a firearm. He faces a life sentence at a sentencing hearing to be set at a later date. The jury deliberated two hours.

Thursday Briefing: FPC and Matanzas Graduation Ceremonies, McLaughlin Town Hall, Imagine’s Colleen Fonte

| May 26, 2016

FPC and Matanzas will both be holding graduation ceremonies at Daytona’s Ocean Center this afternoon and evening, Commissioner Nate McLaughlin holds a town hall meeting, Imagine School’s Colleen Fonte is a national winner.

Neighbor Dispute Over Bird Nesting in Palm Coast’s C-Section Escalates Into Lawsuit

| May 25, 2016

Bryan Streetman’s neighbors on Collingwood Lane accuse him of disturbing the neighborhood’s peace and privacy by busing a drone, laser lights and screeching noises to scare off Purple Martin birds as they nest.

Judge Rejects Sweeping Challenge to School System, But case May Head for Supreme Court

| May 25, 2016

A Leon County judge said lawmakers met their constitutional obligation to provide free, quality public education for Florida students, but advocates plan to appeal, laying the groundwork for a landmark opinion by the Florida Supreme Court.

Sen. Travis Hutson Qualifies By Petition for His 4th Election in 4 Years

| May 25, 2016

Sen. Travis Hutson so far faces just one opponent, Democrat Curtis Ceballos of Palm Coast, though qualifying does not end until June 24.

Failed Tag Light Leads to Convicted Felon Carrying Assault Rifle and Ammunition

| May 25, 2016

Gegxan R. Coriano, a 41-year-old convicted felon arrested late Monday night, had to be wrestled to the ground before a search of his car revealed a Century Arms .223 caliber assault rifle and two magazines with ammunition.

Wednesday Briefing: Toby Tobin Talks Home Building, Michelle O’Connell Autopsy, Cornel West on Trump and Clinton

| May 25, 2016

Toby Tobin gives the county economic panel an update on Flagler construction, Cornel West goes off on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Pasco bans a book for middle schoolers.

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