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Robocall scam shut down

Story Submitted Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) obtained permanent injunctions halting an Orlando-based robocall operation. All Us Marketing LLC, f/k/a (formerly known as) Payless Solutions, LLC and affiliated businesses and individuals allegedly bombarded millions of consumers with nationwide robocall campaigns designed to trick consumers into paying up-front for worthless credit card interest rate reduction programs. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the case. “This massive robocall operation bombarded consumers with millions of unwanted calls…

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Local: Wreck injures four

Chris Jones: Green Publishing, Inc. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), on Friday, July 14 at 9:45 p.m., two victims were sent to the hospital with serious injuries and two with minor injures after a two-vehicle head-on collision, on US 90 East. 58-year-old James Edgar “Eddie” Cruce, of Madison, was driving a 2016 Ford F-150 eastbound on E US 90, near Elizabeth Sims Rd. Cruce became inattentive, and his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane, into the path of a 1995 Ford Explorer driven by 59-year-old Katie Hampton, of…

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City of Madison: Playground improvements tennis courts planned for Madison

Rick Patrick: Greene Publishing, Inc. It was recently learned that the City of Madison has received a grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in the amount of $11,300 to help with tennis court construction at Lanier Field in Madison. This grant will be used for four permanent 36-foot tennis courts with wheelchair access. The tennis court construction is just one part of a larger plan for the Lanier Field complex. The City of Madison received a $50,000 grant from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) to improve…

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STATE: Tax-free weekend

Chris Jones: Green Publishing, Inc. Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. The tax free period begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for…

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