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Hernando Today: Four Florida beaches make annual Top 10 list
Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs ranked No. 2, St. George Island State Park in the Panhandle ranked No. 3, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne ranked No. 7 and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples was ranked No. 10.
CBS Miami:Amendment 2 Opponents: ‘Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot’
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana launched the “Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot” campaign Tuesday, warning that passing the measure would lead to widespread abuse.
Tampa Bay Times: U.S. Supreme Court sides against Big Tobacco in Florida litigation
With billions of dollars potentially at stake, hundreds of Florida smokers and their families can still press forward with lawsuits over cancer, emphysema and other maladies.
Florida Today: Four Florida VA sites part of probe
WASHINGTON – Four Veterans Affairs health facilities in Florida are among 112 being investigated for possibly manipulating appointment schedules to hide long wait times for veterans seeking medical treatment, according to an internal agency audit released Monday.
The Ledger: Florida Department of Citrus Receives $500,000
The financially struggling state agency got a $500,000 special appropriation in the state’s 2014-15 budget earmarked for marketing research and data, state Rep. Ben Albritton told about 80 people Monday at the Polk County Farm Bureau Legislative Wrap Up Luncheon.
Sun Sentinel: No: Mandate will hurt energy supplies and the state economy
Due to its tourism, growing economy and tax-friendly policies, Florida has been, and will continue to be, a destination for many. With the University of Florida recently projecting that Florida’s population could reach 29 million by 2040, it’s clear that the state’s consumers will need increasing amounts of energy.
Gainesville.com: School board revises deferred-retirement rules
Public school employees who are now collecting both a pension and a salary will have a maximum of two years before they must retire, including one year at a lower salary, the school board has decided.
Miami Herald: Everglades brush fire burns 20,000 acres; smoke may return to suburbs and coast
People just waking up didn’t know what to make of the strange haze hanging in the sky. Was it fog? Was a nearby building on fire? Was it a Miami Heat hangover?
Sun Sentinel: Hollywood challenging extra pension checks sent to retirees last year
This year, City Hall is seeking an opinion from the state as to whether the police and fire pension boards violated Florida law when they sent bonus pension payments in 2013: $19,000 checks were sent to 161 retired firefighters and $6,400 checks were sent to more than 300 retired officers.
Miami Herald: At Miami VA, hundreds of new patients wait 90 days or more for doctor appointments
Nearly 770 new patients at the Miami VA Healthcare System have waited more than 90 days to see a doctor, according to WFOR-CBS 4 News — some of the more than 8,500new patients that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday have waited three months or longer for initial appointments at six VA hospitals and clinics in Florida.
Miami Herald: Inmate hangs himself in Panhandle jail
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office reports that 39-year-old Jerry Jackie Kitchens of Seminary, Mississippi, was found dead Saturday evening by a corrections officer making a routine hourly inmate check. Officials say Kitchens was alone in the cell when he hanged himself with a bed sheet.
Washington Post: Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenger Tuesday
In a stunning upset propelled by tea party activists, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was defeated in Tuesday’s congressional primary, with insurgent David Brat delivering an unpredicted and devastating loss to the second most powerful Republican in the House who has widely been touted as a future speaker.
National Journal: Inside a Green Billionaire’s Brain Trust
Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer wants to put climate change front and center in American politics and he has assembled an all-star team of Democratic operatives in his bid to do it.
Mive: Detroit retirees, mulling pension cuts, inundated with legalese
DETROIT (AP) – Retired Detroit bus driver Art Vardiman recently received a computer disk in the mail that contains hundreds of pages of documents. He also got a six-page blue ballot about cuts to his pension and a white one about health insurance. A 25-page notice explains why the changes are being proposed in Detroit’s historic bankruptcy.
Press TV: Government corruption costs American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars
…simply reducing corruption to an average level would lower annual state spending by $1,308 per person — or 5.2 percent of state expenditures. Corrupt states also spend more on construction and capital projects and less on services, including education.
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