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Orange County

Hurricane Dorian: Orange County racks up ‘tens of millions of dollars’ in business losses

Slow-moving Hurricane Dorian cost Orange County “tens of millions of dollars” in business losses as airports closed, tourists stayed away and a major surfing convention cancelled a multi-day expo here because of the powerful tropical storm, which ultimately spared the region a deadly wallop by veering east, away from Central Florida.

After Hurricane Dorian, AdventHealth, Orlando Health doctors fly to the Bahamas to help

After Hurricane Dorian, AdventHealth, Orlando Health doctors head to the Bahamas to help with relief efforts.

Hurricane Irma took on the entirety of Florida two years ago today

Hurricane Irma was an equal opportunity menace to Florida on Sept. 10, 2017 causing death and destruction across the entire state.

Coyotes kill cats and have neighbors on edge in College Park

Michelle Conklin’s cat Thomas spent nights outside of their College Park home, only to come to inside in the morning for breakfast. After he ate, he’d go back outside to use the bathroom at 6:30 before returning to spend the day inside snoozing on the couch.However, one-day last week, he never came home. Neighbors a few doors down found scattered remains and patches of fur matching Thomas’ markings strewn about their front yard, the presumed work of a coyote.“We pretty much knew right away when he didn’t come in right away that something was wrong,” said Conklin.

Head-on crash in Orange County kills man, seriously hurts woman

State troopers are investigating a head-on collision in east Orange County that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured, Florida Highway Patrol said.

Hurricane Dorian: Storm ruined Orange County’s garbage schedule

Hurricane Dorian wrecked Orange County’s sanitation schedule and it’s going to take two more weeks to fix it. The curbside collection schedule in unincorporated Orange County will be two days behind this week and a day behind next week.

Orlando man sentenced to 40 years for sexually exploiting children

An Orlando man was sentenced to 40 years of prison after he was found guilty of sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl and possessing child pornography, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Several Florida universities move up in U.S. News rankings, UCF drops a notch

UF is the state’s top-rated school for the third consecutive year, according to the popular U.S. News & World Report rankings, and many other Florida public institutions moved up on the annual list, including FSU, which improved its position by 13 places from the previous year.

The Rescue Mission’s iconic cross near downtown Orlando has survived several hurricanes. But will it survive a move?

For 57 years, a red-and-white neon cross has graced the rooftop of the Orlando Union Rescue Mission near downtown Orlando as a beacon of hope to the lost and desperate. But now the mission is gone — relocated to West Colonial Drive to make way for a giant sports and entertainment complex by the Orlando Magic — and the cross has been left behind. The mission's leader is hoping it will survive an attempt to move it.

Orange deputies arrest man for OBT shooting

Orange County deputies found a 28-year-old man shot Thursday near the Taco Bell on south Orange Blossom Trail.

Orange deputies, SWAT search apartment, close complex while investigating fatal home invasion

As people were shooting at each other at an Orange County apartment early Friday, one person was killed and a woman who was sleeping in another unit was caught in the crossfire.

Annual Caribbean Health Summit rescheduled for Sept. 14

Due to Hurricane Dorian, the 16th annual Caribbean Health Summit has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14. The free event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Orange, Seminole school boards to vote on budgets constrained by state

The Orange and Seminole county school boards on Tuesday are both slated to vote on their annual budgets. The spending packages include money for teacher raises.

Hurricane Dorian lashes Carolinas’ coast; death toll in Bahamas rises to 20

Hurricane Dorian, dropped once again to a Category 2 storm while lashing the Carolinas Thursday morning as hurricane conditions were likely today in the region.

HCA Healthcare launches opioid take-back day on Sept. 7

In an effort to fight the opioid epidemic, the national hospital chain, HCA Healthcare, has launched an opioid take-back day event.

Hurricane Dorian moves off Florida coast, restrengthens into Category 3 as it swipes Georgia, Carolinas

Category 2 Hurricane Dorian restrengthened a bit as moved away from Florida’s coast and the focus shifting to potentially life-threatening flooding along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas. At 5 p.m. the storm was off the coast of southeastern Georgia and a storm surge warning and tropical storm warning were discontinued south of the Flagler/Volusia county line.

Turnpike, other roads to resume collecting tolls as Dorian mostly spares Florida

State officials will start collecting tolls throughout Florida again later this week as Hurricane Dorian left minimal damage in its pass through the east coast.

Hurricane Dorian: No serious damage or flooding in Central Florida

Bands from Hurricane Dorian are still lapping the east coast of Florida near Volusia County, but inland Central Florida residents woke up Wednesday to little more than a rain shower.

Hurricane Dorian: Three die preparing for storm, Orange County officials say

Hurricane Dorian is blamed for two Orange County deaths, though the tropical cyclone never officially made it here. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings reported the deaths at his final storm briefing Wednesday.

Hurricane Dorian: Flooded by Irma in 2017, Orlo Vista spared this time

Residents in the Orange County community of Orlo Vista woke up Wednesday morning to the relieving sight that their streets were not flooded. That's a change from 2017, when Hurricane Irma's rains overflowed county retention ponds and flooded streets in the Orlo Vista neighborhood.

Hurricane Dorian: Puppy rescued by Orange deputies named — what else? — Dorian

Meet Dorian — the puppy. Orange County deputies found the abandoned canine while on patrol and named her after the Hurricane that missed Central Florida.

Hurricane Dorian: Lake, Orange, Seminole, Lake Osceola public schools to reopen Thursday

All Central Florida public schools will be closed Wednesday, but Seminole plans to re-open for classes Thursday. Volusia County schools are shuttered through Thursday. Lake, Orange and Osceola schools haven't announced plans for Thursday yet.

UCF establishes population health department with focus on HIV, LGBTQ health

UCF College of Medicine recently established the Population Health Sciences department, becoming the 19th medical school in the country to do so.The department’s role is to look at health and medicine more broadly, taking into account factors such as poverty, education, transportation, race and gender -- together called social determinants of health -- to understand the well-being of a population.

Hurricane Dorian churns off Florida’s coast with 105 mph winds

Hurricane Dorian was moving nearly parallel to Florida as it churned offshore Wednesday morning as a weakened, but still powerful Category 2 storm. Outer bands doused Central Florida, bringing tropical storm force winds to the east coast, and worsening conditions to the state’s northeastern coast. Forecasters warned of tornado threats and dangerous winds.

Built by friends and embraced by the community, Blue Star’s Venue closes its doors

The Venue in the Ivanhoe Village neighborhood of Orlando will close Sept. 12.

When will Hurricane Dorian hit Orlando?

While the projected path for Hurricane Dorian keeps Florida out of the cone of uncertainty and the storm has reduced its intensity, the storm’s winds now extend out 175 miles and are already sending gusts across the east coast.

UCF, Rollins to resume classes Friday as Hurricane Dorian moves away from Florida

As Hurricane Dorian becomes less of an inland threat as it travels along the Florida coast, UCF and Rollins College have announced they will resume classes on Friday.

Orange sheriff’s deputy supplied dealer with cocaine, tipped off person of interest in homicide, probe finds

An Orange County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant was fired last week after a roughly five-year investigation revealed allegations that she and her husband made cash by supplying cocaine for a “multi-kilogram level narcotics dealer," providing confidential agency information to people involved in crimes and taking part in a tax fraud scheme in 2012, according to an Internal affairs investigation released Tuesday by the Sheriff’s Office.

Hurricane Dorian: Threat drops in Central Florida to strong winds, rain

Hurricane Dorian is expected to bring tropical storm-force winds and rain between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday, Orange County leaders said.

Hurricane Dorian: Watch out for snakes! Mosquitoes, too.

Central Florida health officials say in the wake of Hurricane Dorian that people should be on the look-out for wayward snakes.The storm could displace the slithering reptiles from their nests.