Hurricane Edouard
10:03 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Hurricane Edouard ends; Now watching Invest 95L


Edouard is no longer a hurricane, and as of Friday morning, the tropical storm shows its losing strength and moving slower over the Northern Atlantic. Edouard is forecast to continue weakening over the weekend. Off the west coast of Africa, a tropical wave identified as Invest 95L is gradully developing. The National Hurricane Center has given it a low chance of formation in the next 5 days. At the present moment, there is no tropical activity that poses an immediate threat to the State of Florida.

Medical Marijuana
8:54 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Zoning Ordinance On Hold

Credit O'Dea at WikiCommons

Orange County planning and zoning commissioners have rejected a proposed ordinance that would restrict medical marijuana treatment centers to industrial zones.

The amendment to the Orange County charter would have also kept treatment centers at least 1500 feet away from schools, daycare centers or parks. Other restrictions included signage, security and parking.

Some commissioners said the ordinance was overly restrictive- or too vaguely worded.

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The Two-Way
8:53 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Fla. Man Kills 6 Grandchildren, Daughter Before Suicide

Don Spirit is pictured in this 2001 handout photo obtained by Reuters on Friday. Police identified Spirit as the man who gunned down his six grandchildren and daughter before taking his own life.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 11:52 am

Police in Florida say a man who did time in prison a decade ago on firearms violations gunned down his six grandchildren and his daughter before turning a weapon on himself.

Authorities say Don Spirit, 51, called 911 on Thursday to report that he might harm himself or others. When a sheriff's deputy arrived, Spirit fatally shot himself. The deputy subsequently found the bodies of his seven victims "all over on the property," at the rural home in the town of Bell, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said.

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Cities Project
6:25 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future

Half the land in the city of Satellite Beach is only 6 feet above the waterline.
Jon Hamilton NPR

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:59 pm

Dan Reiter, 37, is a long-board surfer and contractor who used to live in Tampa, Fla. Then he discovered the surf breaks along a stretch of coast south of Cape Canaveral. "It's one of the most beautiful places in the world to live and surf and raise your kids," says Reiter, 37, as we watch head-high waves roll into Hightower Beach.

But there's trouble in this coastal paradise. It's on a low-lying barrier island that's getting lower as sea level rises. So the cities here are looking for ways to keep the water at bay or retreat from it.

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8:57 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Florida Losing Cubs' Top Minor League Team

Mike Burton via Flickr

The Chicago Cubs top minor league team is leaving Central Florida. Other Major League Baseball teams could cut regional ties as well.

Financial incentives have the Daytona Cubs heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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