Daily News Recap: April 11, 2014

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April 11, 2014

 

School_VouchersFPE:  Step Up for Students’ Cynical Last-Minute Voucher Push

Even with today’s likely passage of voucher expansion in the Florida House – whose republican leadership doesn’t want anyone to know that Floridians really oppose them – the administrative agent of the state’s voucher plan, Step Up for Students, is going scorched Earth. While staffers were reportedly directing a bombardment of African-American and Jewish Democrat legislators with a shame campaign, SUFS chairman…..

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Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Capitol Buzz: 5 things to watch today in Tallahassee

As the spring days get longer in Florida’s capital, the time left in the legislative session gets shorter. Lawmakers have a busy schedule today and here are five things to watch:

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FBI_RescueLaw Enforcement:North Carolina Inmate Helps Orchestrate Kidnapping

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prison inmate used a smuggled mobile phone to keep in touch with kidnappers holding the father of a prosecutor who helped send him away for life, federal authorities said.

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Red_Light_Camera10 News: Legislators, lobbyists fight over red light cam reforms

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – While efforts to repeal the state’s red light camera law appear dead again, the behind-the-scenes battle over possible reforms heats up in the final month of the 2013 session.

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WSVNWSVN:  Bond lowered for fugitive mom

MIAMI (WSVN) — A mother accused of illegally taking her son and then fleeing cross-country with her boyfriend and her two other children has had her bond lowered after her attorney claimed Miami-Dade Schools Police officers falsified information…………

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bradenton_florida_public_employeesBrandenton.com:  Pension reform showing life in Florida Legislature, but time is running out

Despite indications of a difficult path ahead, pension reform continued to advance through the Legislature on Thursday, keeping the hopes alive for the man pushing it, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford.

Tallahassee.com_florida_Public_employeesTallahassee.com:  Pension bills now coming together

Changes to retirement plans covering hundreds of thousands of public employees started coming together Thursday on both sides of the Capitol, raising the prospects of success on long-stymied issues.

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Gainesville.comGainesville.com: Loften: school system’s best-kept secret?

Elizabeth Eddy was in fifth grade when she saw her first Mustang: a perfect, candy-apple red specimen of mid-century American workmanship.

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Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: State agency agrees to hear Pasco teachers union complaint

The Florida Public Employees Relations Commission has decided to hear a teacher complaint against the way Pasco County schools have implemented their “professional learning communities.”

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Florida_NewszapFlorida NewsZap: Okeechobee teachers face disciplinary action; plans to initiate smart snacks program 

OKEECHOBEE — Two teachers at Everglades Elementary School and an ESE paraprofessional at Seminole Elementary School face disciplinary actions from the school system after separate incidents, Superintendent Ken Kenworthy said this week.

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Herald_TribuneHerald-Tribune:  Judge refuses to drop charges against former administrator

BRADENTON – Robert Gagnon was a magnetic school district administrator rising through the ranks in Manatee County. His accomplishments were impressive, his supporters plentiful.

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Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: FDOT to investigate whether Pinellas transit agency misused taxpayer money

ST. PETERSBURG — The state Department of Transportation launched an investigation Thursday into how the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority spent public money to educate voters about Greenlight Pinellas.

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Current_florida_public_employeesFlorida Current:  A ‘patchwork of awesomeness’ or ‘broad-based’ tax cuts?

A Senate budget panel Thursday rewrote most of a House tax cut package with a variety of carve-outs and sales tax holidays for specific industries, described by Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, ……………

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FPE: April 11, 2014 – Legislative Calendar, Florida Senate And House Of Representatives

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