Daily News Recap: April 21, 2014

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April 21, 2104

 

Richard_FlammTallahassee.com: Richard Flamm: State employees add value to Florida

Wages for state workers are one of the most misunderstood line items in the state budget. The majority of the funds to pay for state salaries come from Florida taxpayers. While it’s safe to say people would rather not pay taxes, most do want the services state workers provide.

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News-Journal:  Bolster public confidence in government

For decades, Florida’s best leaders have embraced open, accountable, ethical government as a fundamental right of the state’s residents.

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Robert_LasadaTampa Bay Times:   Pinellas County to name interim leader, delay search talks until May

ST. PETERSBURG — Wanted: Chief executive to run the government of Florida’s sixth most populous county. Will help oversee a budget of nearly $1.8 billion. Florida experience preferred, good people skills a must.

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Ledger_Florida_Public_EmployeesFlorida Ledger: Lakeland Police Scandals: Dig Deeply Into PR Hiring

When the Lakeland City Commission learned in late February that the city had paid $129,425 to a Tampa public relations firm for work that began July 8, commissioners wanted to know why they had not been informed of the spending.

Jennifer_Christine_ FichterFlorida Ledger: Arrested Teacher Resigned From Last Job After Investigation

LAKELAND | A Lakeland teacher accused of having sex with a student resigned from a teaching job in Orange County because of “inappropriate text messages” to a student and then “falsified her application” when she sought a Polk County job, Polk School Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy said in an email to School Board members.

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Florida's_Jobless_RateBiz Journal:  What’s behind Florida’s jobless numbers?

For the first time since the middle of 2010, the state’s monthly jobless rate went up in March.

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homes_underwaterWPTV: Florida has 2nd-highest rate of homes underwater

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida had the second-highest rate of homes seriously underwater in the first quarter of the year.

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BuZ_JournalBiz Journal: Bill would protect Florida children from ID theft

According to figures cited by backers of the bill, each year 50,000 children in Florida are victims of identity theft, many of them under the age of 5, the Orlando Sentinel said. This crime carries a cost of about $100 million annually.

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Charlie_CristTampa Bay Times:  Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial challenge: motivating South Florida Democrats

WEST PALM BEACH — Sam Oser is 88, and he wants to live long enough to see a Democrat get elected governor of Florida again — even one who used to be a Republican.

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Nurse_PractitionersPalm Beach Post: Should Florida lawmakers broaden the duties of nurse practitioners? –

In three short years, more than 24 million people will have gained new health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office. Amid this bit of good news is a real concern.

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Linda_SchoonoverOrlando Sentinel: Judge faces state probe on variety of complaints, including Facebook

SANFORD — Circuit Judge Linda Schoonover came under fire in a public way when an appeals court ordered her off a case because she sent a Facebook “friend” request to a Winter Springs woman whose big-money divorce case she was about to decide.

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