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Hurricane Dorian continues sideswipe assault on Florida coast

Hurricane Dorian remained at Category 2 strength Wednesday with 105 mph winds and higher gusts as it made its closest approach to Florida's east coast.

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.

Sears stores to close in Leesburg, Oviedo

Sears stores in Leesburg and Oviedo are closing, according to the company that runs the once giant retailer.

Central Florida escapes worst of Hurricane Dorian

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 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.

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.

Hurricane Dorian battering Bahamas, forecasters continue to watch for northern turn near Florida’s east coast

Forecasters warn Florida on Sunday about Hurricane Dorian: “A small deviation to the left of the track could bring the intense core of the hurricane its dangerous winds closer to or onto the Florida coast."

Hurricane Dorian: Central Floridians urged to remain vigilant despite ‘hurricane fatigue’

Although Central Florida may not receive the catastrophic winds of Hurricane Dorian, Orange County is not scaling back on its emergency preparations.

Hurricane Dorian track still off Florida coast, but tropical storm warnings issued

Hurricane Dorian on Sunday has its eye set on the Bahamas with powerful 150 mph winds, but has not let Florida off the hook in its ever changing path.

Hurricane Dorian: Florida farmers and growers recovering from recent storms worried. ‘We’re getting very tired of it’

Hurricane Dorian threatens to damage Florida's agricultural industry.

Hurricane Dorian prompts SunRail to suspend all service next week

The SunRail commuter train will not be running at all next week. It’s closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday, but now -- thanks to Hurricane Dorian -- it has suspended service for the rest of next week, as well.

Hurricane Dorian forces all Central Florida schools to close Tuesday

Orange, Seminole and Volusia schools closed Tuesday thanks to Hurricane Dorian.

Hurricane Dorian may destroy historic camp in Merritt Island, Girl Scouts fear

As Hurricane Dorian churns in the Atlantic Ocean, Girl Scouts of Citrus Council in Orlando fear the storm may destroy the organization's historic Alford Lodge. It's a place where former presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Grover Cleveland once stayed on hunting trips in the early 19th century. And since the late 1970s, thousands of Central Florida Girl Scouts have enjoyed summer camp on the Merritt Island property.

Oviedo to get new Boys & Girls Club, with church’s help — ‘The community has really stepped up’

Oviedo will soon have its own Boys & Girls Club, thanks to a partnership with Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, which is lending a building for the cause. It will be the third club to open in Seminole County.

Volusia pulls its backing for SunRail DeLand station even as federal cash comes available

SunRail expansion from DeBary to DeLand now unlikely as Volusia leaders opt out.

AdventHealth unveils largest-of-its-kind command center

AdventHealth unveiled Mission Control, a 12,000-square-foot, $20 million high-tech center that has been a year in the making. With wall-to-wall screens that are updated every three to five seconds, the center keeps track of every patients who’s at one of the health system’s nine hospitals in Central Florida, is about to be transferred there, or is being discharged.

Utilities eye Dorian, calculating reinforcements needed for restoring electricity

Florida utilities calculate response needed for Hurricane Dorian's landfall.

Hurricane Dorian: How Central Florida is preparing for the storm’s arrival

As Hurricane Dorian spins towards Florida, public safety officials cautioned Central Florida residents to prepare their families and homes wisely for the impact and possible aftermath of an intensifying storm which could knock out power for several days and cause severe flooding.

Seminole implements amnesty program for longtime code-enforcement scofflaws

Seminole County put in place a temporary amnesty program on Tuesday that would cut code-enforcement liens by 90% if residents come into compliance.

Longwood’s greyhound track sells; future development could remake city

Longwood’s Sanford Orlando Kennel Club — one of the last greyhound racing tracks in the state — is under contract for sale to an Atlanta-based developer, potentially opening nearly 32 acres to housing, retail or office space in a way that could change the complexion of the city.

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Seminole weighs amnesty program to give incentive to code-enforcement scofflaws

With more than $53 million in code-enforcement liens by messy property owners, Seminole County is planning to give code-enforcement scofflaws a temporary amnesty by paying off 90 percent of their liens.

‘Eyesore on I-4′ tower still isn’t done, in part because of I-4 construction mess

A year after news outlets excitedly reported lights on inside the Majesty Building, a behemoth skyscraper in Altamonte Springs that’s been under construction since 2001 known as the Eyesore on I-4, the owner says there is still no official opening date.

No change to Obamacare premiums in 2020 in Florida

The state insurance regulators released their annual list of approved health insurance plans for 2020 on Friday afternoon and they projected no change -- as in 0.0% -- to the average cost of premiums.

Feds search for site to house 500 immigrant children in Central Florida

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is looking for a space to house 500 unaccompanied children somewhere in a wide swath of Central Florida. Parts of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Volusia, Lake, Sumter and Polk counties are in the location area.

Florida pre-K: State changes rule to judge readiness for kindergarten

Florida is about to make changes in how it judges its pre-K program, but many early childhood educators and advocates doubt it will be a real improvement. For years, Florida has judged its program -- mostly run by private preschools and daycare centers -- on how its young graduates did on a “readiness test” given when they started kindergarten. That pre-K rating system has been criticized ever since lawmakers created it nearly 15 years ago while authorizing the Florida Voluntary Pr-Kindergarten program for the state’s 4-year-olds.

After runner’s heart attack, Seminole officials look to put location markers on recreational trails

Seminole County officials propose putting up location markers on all the county's recreational trails after a Lake Mary man suffered a heart attack and dispatchers took a long time trying to locate him.

After decades of growth, UCF is tapping the brakes as new downtown campus takes flight

After decades of growth, UCF is tapping the brakes as a new campus in downtown Orlando with Valencia College is about to open. But the demand for higher education remains in Central Florida, university leaders said.

Senate race in Seminole County could tip balance of power in Tallahassee

The balance of power in the Florida Legislature could hinge on the outcome of one state Senate race in Seminole county next year, but Democrats aren't close to challenging GOP frontrunner Jason Brodeur.

United Way joins businesses with safety net for paycheck-to-paycheck families

For the 46 percent of Florida’s working families struggling to cover basic living expenses, the local United Way is partnering with some big companies to provide a new sort of safety net, leaders announced Wednesday. The charity also pledged $300,000 a year for an emergency fund to aid those families.

Sanford call center isn’t bankrupt and closed, despite what competitor says

“They are not taking over anything," the Sanford call center said after a press release claimed that Total Marketing Concepts had shut down.

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