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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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florida-public-employees-weshWESH: 5 hospitalized after chemical exposure at Eastern Florida State College, officials say

Officials said 34 people reported feeling dizziness and nausea after becoming exposed to ammonia fumes. Five people were taken to area hospitals. The rest were treated on scene.

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Miami Herald:  Fred Grimm: Florida’s disappearing retirees never quite disappeared

For 30 years, we’ve been cranking out stories suggesting that Florida retirees were an endangered species. That oldsters were eschewing Florida for places that were cheaper, less crime-ridden, cooler in the summer or more attuned to “traditional American values.”

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florida-public-employees-medical-marijuanaMiami Herald:  Opposing groups push message out to Florida voters about medical marijuana

The supporters and opponents of medical marijuana both posted their first TV ads Monday, just in time for Floridians to receive the first wave of absentee ballots in the mail.

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Florida_Public_Employees_NewsInsurance News.net: Boca firefighters: Lighting up (a cigarette) isn’t a firing offense

The cigarette battle in Boca is the latest tug-of-war that pits individual privacy rights against an employer’s right to set conditions on what behaviors its employees may engage in when they’re not working, even if it means forbidding legal activities.

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News_Florida_Public_EmployeesFlorida Today: School board remains mum on possible closures

When a vote for a half-penny sales tax for schools failed in 2012, angry parents and teachers complained that voters didn’t know the vote would lead to certain schools closing.

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Sun_SentinelSun Sentinel: Foundation helps scale up veterans programs

At Pasadena City College in California, veterans enjoyed a one-stop center with specialized staff that helped young adults make the switch to civilian life, where language, hierarchy and identity all change.

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florida-public-employees-scott-cristRolling Stone: The Florida Farce: Rick Scott Vs. Charlie Crist

If you want to forecast the fate of the nation, it’s tempting to play the Hillary and Mystery Date 2016 guessing game. But that’s like determining wedding cake ingredients by the plastic bride and groom on top. If you want a picture of America two terms from now, ignore the national stage and gaze instead at the states, where failure is confirmed before it’s applied to the rest of the country.

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News_Florida_Public_EmployeesHuffington Post: When Prison Guards Kill Inmates: Florida’s Prison Massacre Revealed

prisoners are among society’s most vulnerable populations. Like children, they are completely dependent on others for everything from food to clothing to medical care. But unlike children, who are mostly cared for by parents who have their best interests at heart, prisoners are overseen by prison guards.

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florida-public-employees-prison-bankerTime: Meet the Prison Bankers Who Profit from the Inmates

To get cash to her son, Pat used to purchase a money order at the post office for $1.25 and mail it to the prison, for a total cost of less than $2. But in March of last year, the Virginia Department of Corrections informed her that JPay Inc., a private company in Florida, would begin handling all deposits into inmates’ accounts.

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florida-public-employees-US-jobs -recoveryBloomberg: Job Woes Linger in 29 States as U.S. Recovers Unevenly

Even as the U.S. economy reached a milestone in May with employment exceeding the prerecession peak, 29 of 50 states have yet to match that accomplishment, according to Labor Department data compiled by Bloomberg. New Mexico, for instance, still had 4 percent fewer employed workers, ranking among the bottom 10 percent of states.

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