Daily News: April 16, 2014

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April 16, 2014

The_LedgerThe Ledger: Florida Lawmakers Push for Millions in Spending

TALLAHASSEE | Florida legislators with extra money to spend are trying to steer taxpayer funds to everything from gun ranges and a military museum to a course designed to teach “sexual risk avoidance.”

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Rick_ScottMiami Herald: Gov. Rick Scott to Charlie Crist: Win your primary and then maybe we’ll debate

Democrat Charlie Crist issued that implicit debate challenge to Gov. Rick Scott during an impromptu caught-on-video meeting with Lieutenant Governor Carlos-Lopez Cantera.

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Tampa Bay Times: Survey USA: Crist 46%, Scott 41%

A new SurveyUSA poll shows Democrat Charlie Crist leading Gov. Rick Scott by about 5 percentage points –and despite $5.2 million in ad buys from the Republican.

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Tallahassee.com_florida_Public_employeesTallahassee.com: Update: Groups call on lawmakers to pass ethics, open-government bills

Government-watchdog groups called on Florida lawmakers to pass ethics and open-government bills that have passed the Senate but stalled in the House.

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Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesPalm Beach Post:  Should Florida lawmakers use the housing trust fund monies only for affordable housing? –

Florida Senate and House conferees will begin budget negotiations in earnest next week. Surprisingly, among the things to be reconciled is a huge gap in the amount of the documentary stamp tax each chamber has earmarked for affordable housing.

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Legislature_FloridaFlorida Today:   Legislature keeps governor campaign, 2016 in mind

Blame the GOP-dominated Legislature’s attempt to give Gov. Rick Scott a helping hand for what people are calling one of the most boring sessions in recent history.

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Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald: Federal judge signs agreement for $1.6 billion in Miami-Dade sewer repairs

Years in the making, a legal agreement is finally in place requiring Miami-Dade County to make $1.6 billion in repairs over the next 15 years to its decaying sewer system.

News_observerNews Observer: NC education officials say charter schools must disclose salaries

North Carolina’s top education officials now say charter schools must publicly reveal salaries, reversing a March announcement that the independent public schools are exempt from that requirement.

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New York Post: Boston bomb hoaxer left confetti-filled rice cooker on street

A deranged man in woman’s clothing caused a nightmare flashback Tuesday when he rushed the finish line of the Boston Marathon with an apparent hoax bomb made out of a confetti-filled rice cooker, reports said.

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