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Charter boat captains file lawsuit to stop government GPS tracking regulations

FORT MYERS, Fla.– The federal government already tracks commercial fishermen but now they want to start keeping close tabs on charter boats by using a GPS monitoring system. Charter boat captains are feeling a little violated arguing they will have to give up privacy if the federal government is allowed to track them in the Gulf of Mexico. Six captains are challenging this new requirement and a judge has ruled the matter can proceed as a class action lawsuit. Charter captains are already required to chart their course for The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

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Collier County Sheriff’s Office investigating members of Republican Executive Committee

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.– NBC2 has confirmed the Collier County Sheriff’s Economics Crime Unit is investigating past board members of the Republican Executive Committee. The Collier Sheriff’s office confirms they have received multiple complaints about past board members of the executive committee. “Over the past months we have received multiple reports from different complainants against persons associated with political organizations in Collier County.  On Friday, June 4, 2021, we received information involving the Collier County Republican Executive Committee....

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Fried faces financial scrutiny days after announcing run for Florida governor

Less than 24 hours after Commissioner of Agriculture Democrat Nikki Fried filed to run for governor, a Republican senator wants to dig into her finances. That senator is chairman of the Republican Party Joe Gruters.  He claims Fried earned far more than she first reported. He’s asking Naples Republican Senator Kathleen Passidomo-Dist. 28, who chairs the state rules committee to investigate further. “The complaint alleges that she improperly took or didn’t report funds from her lobbying firm,” Passidomo said. The letter from Gruters said Fried’s first report in 2018...

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Florida moves against foreign theft of intellectual property

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Monday a pair of bills focused on “nefarious foreign influence and corporate espionage” — particularly singling out China, which he accused of stealing intellectual property and infiltrating broad sectors of American society, especially academia. “There is no single entity that exercises a more pervasive nefarious influence across a wide range of American industries and institutions than the Communist Party of China,” DeSantis said during a news conference in Miami. The Republican governor, who has sought to seize the national...

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Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried expected to announce run for governor next week

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried is expected to announce she will run for governor next week, sources close to the matter said. Fried, who is a Democrat, is expected to make a “major announcement” at a news conference on Tuesday. Fried would go up against former Gov. Charlie Crist in the 2022 Primary, though early polls favor Crist. Democrat Annette Taddeo is also considering running. The post Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried expected to announce run for governor next week appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Longtime US Senator John Warner dies at 94

CNN – John Warner, a longtime US Senator from Virginia, has died aged 94, a former staff member said. Warner, who served in Senate for three decades, died peacefully of heart failure on Tuesday. He was surrounded by his wife Jeanne Warner and other family members, the former staff member said. Warner served in the US Navy during World War II and the Marines during the Korean War. He later served as secretary of the Navy and as a Republican US senator from 1979 through 2009, CNN reported. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. He was first elected to the Senate in 1978 and retired...

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Florida lawmakers consider gambling pact with Seminole Tribe

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — New gambling rules could soon be coming to Florida. The Florida Legislature opened a special session on Monday to consider an agreement signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis with the Seminole Tribe that could legalize sports gambling and bring the state billions of dollars in revenue. The session opened little more than two weeks after the Legislature’s annual 60-day session ended. House Speaker Chris Sprowls announced to members that DeSantis and the tribe amended the original compact signed April 23 to remove language requiring the state to negotiate a potential...

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Rep. Val Demings to challenge Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022

NBC NEWS – Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., is planning to challenge Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022, according to an NBC News source. “Val is an impressive and formidable candidate whose potential entrance would make the race against Rubio highly competitive,” said a national Democrat with knowledge of the party’s strategy on the Senate seat. Demings hinted in April at entering the Senate race during an interview with MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart. “I have received calls and texts and messages from people all over the state asking me to run because they feel that they are not represented...

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President and First Lady Biden release tax returns, continuing tradition

NBC NEWS— President and First Lady Biden released their 2020 tax returns on Monday. In a statement announcing their release, the White House said Biden was “continuing an almost uninterrupted tradition.” The statement noted that Biden has now released 23 years of his tax returns, NBC News reported. The Biden’s made a little over $600,000 in 2020 and paid $157,414 in federal income tax, according to the released return. They also paid $28,794 in income tax on their Delaware home. The first couple releasing their tax returns started with Richard Nixon and continued until...

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Emergency program to give people $50 off internet bill

Americans can start applying for $50 off their monthly internet bill on Wednesday as part of an emergency government program to keep people connected during the pandemic. The $3.2 billion program is part of the $900 billion December pandemic-relief package. Millions of Americans did not have access to, and could not afford, broadband during the pandemic, a time when jobs, school and health care was moving online. According to the Associated Press, it’s unclear how long the money will last, but it’s expected to be several months. Tens of millions of people are eligible for the assistance,...

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