FBI director raises national security concerns about TikTok

FBI Director Chris Wray is raising national security concerns about TikTok, warning Friday that control of the popular video sharing app is in the hands of a Chinese government “that doesn’t share our values.” Wray said the FBI was concerned that the Chinese had the ability to control the app’s recommendation algorithm, “which allows them … Read more

Florida Gators Dismiss QB Jalen Kitna After Child Porn Arrest

Florida Gators quarterback Jalen Kitna was dismissed from the football team after his recent arrest on charges of child porn possession. The Orlando Sentinel first reported Kitna’s dismissal from the team, which came after the 19-year-old redshirt freshman appeared in a Gainesville court Thursday. Kitna was released from jail on $80,000 bond, a day after … Read more

Florida consumer sentiment ticks up, even while national sentiment ticks down

A Florida consumer sentiment and economic outlook survey found an uptick in optimism in the Sunshine State Nationally, consumer sentiment dropped several points, nearing an all-time low set in June The survey measures consumer opinions on current economic outlook and personal financial situations Maybe Floridians are just feeling better now that Hurricane Ian has passed, … Read more

FEMA to provide Lee Health with $11.6 million for storm recovery; federal Ian response eclipses $3 billion

FEMA announced on Friday that it is awarding $11.6 million to Lee Health, one of Southwest Florida’s biggest healthcare providers  Lee Health sustained damages across several of its facilities including a partially removed roof of its HealthPark center FEMA also granted $7.6 million to the town of Fort Myers Beach  Estimated preliminary insured losses from … Read more

FWC reminds boaters to be cautious during right whale calving season

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is encouraging boaters to be on the lookout during North Atlantic right whale calving season. Right whale calving season occurs in state and federal waters off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina from November through April. The waters are the only known calving grounds … Read more

Florida crime lowest since 1971 but rape offenses up 14% year-over-year, FDLE data shows

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported that as of 2021, crime in the state had reached a 50-year low, dropping 8.3% since 2020. The department said that was nearly 40,000 fewer crimes reported. Florida Treasury to divest $2B in state funds from BlackRock, Inc. over ESG policies FDLE’s annual crime report … Read more