April 24, 2014, Daily News Recap

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Palm Beach Post:   Florida Senate OKs 75 mph speed limits; other legislative news

TALLAHASSEE — Speed limits on Florida highways could be raised from 70 to 75 mph under a bill the Senate passed Thursday on a 27-11 vote despite concerns from opponents that roads would become more dangerous.

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Bradenton.com: After FCAT glitch, Florida teachers’ union calls for policy changes

TALLAHASSEE — Days after a computer glitch forced more than two dozen school districts to suspend online testing, Florida Education Association President Andy Ford asked elected officials to slow down the transition to new accountability measures.

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NBC 2.com: Deputy fired for misusing driver’s license database

FORT MYERS, FL – The NBC2 Investigators have uncovered wrongdoing that impacts anyone with a driver’s license.

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Ocala.com:  Florida House poised to ok changes to state pension

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House is poised to pass a bill that would stop elected officials and top employees in state government from enrolling in the state’s traditional pension plan.

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wtsp: Florida’s crime rate dropped 4.7 percent in 2013

TAMPA, Florida (AP) – Florida’s crime rate dropped 4.7 percent in 2013, the lowest number since the state began compiling the statistics.

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Workers_Win_US_Supreme_CourtPeople’s World:  Workers win two in the courts

Two separate groups of union workers – public workers in Florida and American Airlines retirees nationwide – racked up big wins in separate courts in recent days.

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Doug_BeldenTampa Bay Times: Hillsborough Tax Collector Doug Belden honored for leadership

The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners honored that passion Wednesday by awarding the county tax collector the 2014 Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award.

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News-Journal:  School sex-crime bill passes House

TALLAHASSEE — An anti-sex-abuse bill that got its start five years ago in a high school classroom moved closer to becoming law Wednesday, threatening tougher penalties for teachers, coaches and other school workers who touch their students sexually.

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Miami Herald: Florida lawmakers show support for Venezuelan student protesters

Several members of the Florida Legislature and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera came together Wednesday to show their support for the student protesters in Venezuela.

Naked_politics_florida_Public_employeesMiami Herald: Former Hialeah mayor’s wife testifies couple didn’t cheat IRS, blames accountant for ‘mistakes’

The wife of former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina stood by her man Wednesday, taking the witness stand in the couple’s federal tax-evasion trial to say they did not cheat on their tax returns by hiding $2 million in income from the U.S. government.

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nwfNews: FCAT issues resolved, no new problems reported

Testing anxiety returned to normal levels Wednesday, a day after technical problems delayed or stopped the FCAT at schools around the state.

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Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times:  Florida Republican Party calls out Crist on tuition flip-flop

The Republican Party of Florida on Wednesday called out Charlie Crist‘s flip-flop on in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.

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Bill_NelsonNews-Journal: Sen. Nelson ‘tempted’ to run for governor, doesn’t agree with state’s direction

DAYTONA BEACH — Despite assurances that he’s not planning to run for governor, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson told a group of local business leaders Wednesday he’s tempted to run because he doesn’t like where Florida is headed.

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FPE: April 24, 2014 – Legislative Calendar, Florida Senate and House of Representative

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