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GOV. RICK SCOTT TO DEDICATE $200 MILLION TO TRANSPORTATION HUB
TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Rick Scott earlier this week announced that he would push to get more than $200 million in state money to help pay for a transportation hub including a rail line at Orlando International Airport. While the funding is aimed at helping the airport, it will also provide a boost for All Aboard Florida, the private rail line proposed to link South Florida and central Florida.
CUBAN ARTISTS ON DISPLAY IN KEY WEST
KEY WEST -Cuba and the U.S. remain political foes more than five decades after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. But in the southernmost Florida island of Key West, ties are starting to grow again. More than a dozen Cuban artists will have their works displayed throughout Key West from Feb. 20-22, the second part of a historic artists’ exchange.
JOGGER KILLED WHILE RUNNING WITH WIFE
JUNO BEACH - A man who was hit by a car while jogging with his wife in Juno Beach has died. Juno Beach Police Chief Brian Smith told The Palm Beach Post the driver won’t be criminally charged in the Thursday evening crash. He called it a tragic accident.
WRONG WAY DRIVER ON I-275 KILLS MAN
TAMPA - The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating another wrong-way crash on Interstate 275 in Tampa. The crash killed 25-year-old Chase Kaleb Leveille early Friday. Investigators said Leveille was initially heading south on the interstate around 2:30 a.m. But he apparently U-turned and headed north on the wrong side of the highway. He crashed his 1993 Honda Civic head-on into an Enterprise rental truck near Bearss Avenue.
CUBAN MIGRANT FOUND AFTER BEING LOST WHILE TRYING TO WINDSURF TO KEY WEST
A Cuban migrant who disappeared while trying to windsurf across the Florida Straits has been found adrift on his board. Coast Guard officials say a recreational boater found the man Thursday about 10 miles south of Big Pine Key. Ensign Peter Bermont tells The Key West Citizen that the man was dehydrated and exhausted but otherwise uninjured.