WEDNESDAY’S TOP STORIES: CLOSE ELECTION RESULTS TRIGGER RECOUNT, SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE FOUND AT MIDDLE SCHOOL AND MORE.

Here is your daily news roundup for today’s top stories.

Florida’s election results trigger vote recount

The election results for the U.S. Senate and Florida Agriculture Commissioner, as well as other smaller races, has triggered a recount — both being decided by less than 0.5 percent.

Gov. Rick Scott was ahead of Sen. Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate race by 34,435 votes and Rep. Matt Caldwell ahead of Nicole “Nikki” Fried by just 12,521 votes.

If the votes are that close, then every vote is critical, such as overseas and military ballots, provisional ballots and vote by mail ballots that have a missing or non-matching signature.

How recounts in Florida work:

  1. If the race is within a 0.5 percent margin, a recount must be ordered.
  2. Counties re-scan ballots and test voting machines for technical errors.
  3. If the recount lies outside the 0.25 percent margin, then the results will be official.
  4. If the recount lies outside the 0.25 percent margin, then it will trigger a manual recount.

The voter recount process could take weeks, but some are hopeful for a different outcome.

Under Florida state law, the recount results have to be reported by 3 p.m., “on the ninth day after any general election,” Nov. 15.

Pictured left, Gov. Rick Scott. Pictured right, Sen. Bill Nelson.

Suspicious package found outside of middle school

Several sheriff offices responded to Fox Chapel Middle School just before 9:45 a.m. Deputies said a suspicious package was found in front of the school and the building was evacuated.

An hour later, the sheriff announced that the scene was clear and students were back in class.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis said an electronic device had been run over by a car and placed on top of a trash can. Another employee found the device and called in the report.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office released this statement about the incident on their Facebook page.

Suspicious Incident – Fox Chapel Middle School

Posted by Hernando County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gas leak causes homes to evacuate in Hernando County

According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, homes on Garsalaso Circle were evacuated due to a gas leak.

Deputies and Fire Rescue personnel were on the scene and were able to repair the gas leak within an hour.

The cause of the gas leak is still under investigation but is said to originate from a nearby house that is under construction.

Garsalaso Circle, site of the repaired gas leak.

The University of South Florida celebrates veterans all week

The University of South Florida Office of Veteran Success is celebrating veterans with various events during the week.

Today, USF student veterans, who have excelled in their respective academic career fields, were honored at the Honor-A-Bull Awards Ceremony. Veterans were met with awards, supporters, music and a delicious barbecue lunch.

The Office of Veteran Success is hosting a Veterans Outreach Expo at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the USF John And Grace Allen Building.

Check out the event on Facebook: Veterans Outreach Expo

 

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