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Prison TVs Going Digital With Taxpayer Dollars

Posted: 01/20/2009 - A February 17th deadline requiring a converter box for analog TVs to pick up digital television is causing a dilemma for Florida’s cash strapped Department of Corrections. DOC has to spend 100,000 dollars to keep the TVs on in prisons at a time when the Department is cutting staff to make ends meet.

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State Funds TV Upgrades for Prisoners

Posted: 01/19/2009 - Concerns are expressed about where state money is going when Florida legislators agree to a $100,000 upgrade to prison televisions.

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Confederate Group Cries Discrimination

Updated: 01/19/2009 - This may be a day to celebrate civil rights, but a group pushing a confederate license plate in Florida says it has been discriminated against by the state. The Sons of Confederate Veterans plans to file a lawsuit against the state tomorrow because the state ignored the group’s efforts to display their heritage on their vehicles.

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Budget Do-Over?

Posted: 01/16/2009 - State Senate Minority Leader Al Lawson is calling for a budget do-over.

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State Cuts 66 Probation Officers

Posted: 01/16/2009 - The state now has fewer people to monitor sex offenders, drug dealers and other felons walking the streets on probation. The Department of Corrections is laying off 66 probation officers to save money. The lay offs are raising concerns about public safety.

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Builders ask Governor to Spare Housing Fund

Posted: 01/15/2009 - Florida’s home builders are asking the governor to veto cuts to a state fund that helps people buy houses. Lawmakers voted to take 190 million dollars from the fund. Contractors say the money will help people buy existing homes which will increase the demand for new construction.

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Florida Gets an ‘F’ for Low Cigarette Tax

Posted: 01/13/2009 - Florida received three F’s for its efforts to stop smoking in a report card released today by the American Lung Association. The report claims the state’s 34 cent cigarette tax doesn’t provide enough financial incentive for people to stop smoking. The association is joining the growing ranks who say the state needs to increase the cigarette tax.

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Biden Meets with Iraqi Leaders

Posted: 01/12/2009 - Vice-President Elect Joe Biden visits Iraq on his pre-inauguration tour of the Middle East.

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Gas Prices on the Rise

Posted: 01/12/2009 - Drivers in the area may start shedding tears when they go to the pumps to fill up.

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Budget Negotiations Continue

Posted: 01/09/2009 - State lawmakers will work over the weekend to reach an agreement on how fill the 2.3 billion dollar budget deficit.

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Lawmakers Look to Drivers to Balance the Budget

Posted: 01/09/2009 - Lawmakers are turning to speeders and bad drivers to save Florida’s courts and prisons from the budget ax. Today state senators voted to raise the cost of a traffic ticket. Some drivers say if the new prices stick, they wouldn’t be able to afford them.

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Oath of Office - Presidential Swearing-In Ceremony

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The oath or affirmation of office of the President of the United States was established in the United States Constitution and is mandatory for a President upon beginning a term of office.

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A New Birth of Freedom - 2009 Inaugural Theme

Updated: 01/20/2009 - "A New Birth of Freedom" commemorates the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The words, echoing across 200 years from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address, express Lincoln's hope that the sacrifice of those who died to preserve the United States would lead to "a new birth of freedom" for the nation.

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Inaugural History

Updated: 01/16/2009 - For more than 200 years, America’s citizens have witnessed the Inauguration ceremonies of the President and Vice President of the United States. As each president has offered a vision for America’s future, we reflect on the heritage of Inaugurations past.

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