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Shelters Opening, Evacuation Notices Posted Ahead Of Hurricane Michael

North Florida and the Big Bend is expected to start feeling the impact of Hurricane Michael today, with the brunt of the storm expected Wednesday. Michael is presently a Category 2 storm and is expected to strengthen into a Category 3 when it comes ashore somewhere in the region.

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Tallahassee, FL – Crist launched a four-city tour less than 24 hours after the Legislature placed the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. He has 90 days to convince voters to go along with the legislature's plan to double the homestead exemption and add portability to the save our homes tax cap. Crist has pushed tax reform as a way to revive Florida's sluggish economy. And he says he expects immediate benefits from the plan because he says, it offers hope to Florida property owners.

Tallahassee, FL – This week is Commuter Choices week and people are encouraged to use some alternative means of transportation. That includes carpooling, biking, walking or taking advantage of the city's buses.

This Friday all service for Star Metro throughout the communityis free. It's our way of letting folks know it's Commuter Choices Week.

That is Ron Garrison, director of Star Metro. Commuter Choices week is part of an ongoing effort of the city to encourage people to be more environmentally responsible. In South Wood, one man is already doing his part.

Tallahassee, FL – House Speaker Marco Rubio articulated what almost every other lawmaker said between
the lines.

Every option before us has consequences that are less than ideal. That's where we are.

Tallahassee, FL – Senator Clinton's lead in the Democratic race has slipped eight points in the past month,
according to a survey by Quinnipiac University. And her lead over former New York
Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a hypothetical matchup has disappeared. But Pollster Peter
Brown says Giuliani's 3 point lead is within the poll's margin of error.

Tallahassee, FL – Senators say the House reneged on a pre-session agreement when it passed a
bill giving businesses, landlords and snowbirds a cap similar to Save Our Homes. Senators refused to debate the proposal and went home. Now, Senate President Ken Pruitt says they won't come back until Monday, the
last day of the session. Speaker Marco Rubio responding to Pruitt's announcement, praised House members for their work. And House minority leader Dan Gelber says the added pressure of Monday's deadline could
break the stalemate at the Capitol.

Tallahassee, FL – Hand sanitizing dispensers have been yanked from Leon County classrooms. The dispensers and the anti-bacterial product they contain had been donated by a school district partner last year. The district's Nursing and Health Services Coordinator Lorri Pilkington says the State Department of Health liked the dispensers

"However DOE and the State Fire Marshall's office had reservations because of the alcohol based product which research shows is the most effective in the prevention of spread of illnesses"

Tallahassee, FL – The papers were filed at the Republican Party of Florida headquarters on East Jefferson Street this morning. Bill McCollum, State Attorney General and Giuliani's Florida campaign chair did the honors

"He is the most talented, capable person ever to run for president. He is a Reagan disciple, he's conservative in the sense of supply-side economics and foreign policy in ways that i admire. I just think that he's going to make a terrific president".

Tallahassee, FL – The Quinnipiac poll finds support for two proposals that Governor Crist campaigned. A
hypothetical proposal including doubling homestead exemption, making save our homes
portable and a break for first time homebuyers is within the margin of error of the 60 percent super majority needed to pass. But Pollster Peter Brown warns if property tax reform fails, voters most likely will lay the blame at Crist's feet.

Tallahassee, FL – The immediate future of property tax reform in Florida is uncertain. James Call reports lawmakers have six days to merge different House and Senate plans into a proposal to place on a January ballot.

Tallahassee, FL – It is unclear whether the Florida Legislature will produce a property tax reform package. Lawmakers are working on many fronts to gather the supermajority needed to pass a proposal and a second supermajority to get it on a January ballot. James Call reports, House members are working a plan that cuts taxes more than what the Senate has agreed to do.

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A Soyuz rocket booster failed during the launch of a capsule carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin Thursday, forcing officials to abort their mission. The capsule made a "ballistic landing" and rescue teams recovered the pair, who are reportedly in "good condition," NASA says.

Hague and Ovchinin launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:40 a.m. ET, heading to join the crew of the International Space Station. But more than a minute after launch, their Soyuz MS-10's booster failed.

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