Daily News Recap – June 11, 2014

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Naked_politics_florida_Public_employeesMiami Herald: Study: Florida is one of the most corrupt states

Fortune magazine digs into the results of a study that compared corruption data to state budgets to come up with a list of the most corrupt states. Florida cracked the top 10.


Sun_SentinelSun Sentinel:  Florida’s economy growing faster than nation’s

While the nation’s economic growth slowed last year — the U.S. production of goods and services had been growing at 2.5 percent in 2012 — Florida’s remained steady. In both years, Florida’s economy grew 2.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis said.


Adam_Putman_florida_Public_employeesPolitical Fix:  Adam Putnam opens second fundraising committee, conducts first round of robocalls

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam recently opened a new political committee and late last month paid for a round of robo-calls, according to paperwork filed with the Department of State.


Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald:   Gov. Rick Scott, Charlie Crist keep campaign cash flowing

Scott, trying to win a second term and keep Republicans in total control of state government, brought in about $1.16 million in cash for his campaign and the sister “Let’s Get to Work” committee. But the state Republican Party, which is expected to play a huge role in Scott’s campaign, said it collected $3.54 million during the month.


REUTERS_Florida_public_EmployeesREUTERS: Not everyone on board with Florida fast-rail project

A privately financed high-speed train connection linking Orlando and Miami is facing mounting opposition in Florida from communities the train will pass without stopping.





Click_Orlando_florida_public_employeesClick Orlando:  Florida Bar investigates attorney after fight with judge in Brevard courtroom

Assistant Public Defender Andrew Weinstock and Judge John Murphy got into a heated exchange June 2 and it ended with a deputy breaking up a fight between the two.


Florida_public_Employees-Pre_Paid_CollegeNews 4 Jax:   Florida prepaid college costs to drop

For a child born in 2013, $54,000 is the price tag on a prepaid college plan. But when enrollment opens in October, the cost will drop dramatically from $54,000 to $35,000.


Florida_public_Employees_Local_10_newsLocal 10 News:  Political operative lashes out at Local 10 crew

When Local 10 went to political operative Roger Stone’s rented house in Broward County to ask him about a $1.5 million lien filed against him by the federal government alleging he’s failed to pay income taxes, the notorious dirty trickster lashed out wildly at the Local 10 camera.


Florida_Public_Employees-Hillsborough_School_Board_New_BusesTBO:  Hillsborough school board votes to buy new buses

After months of heated discussion, the school board voted 5-2 on Tuesday to pay $11 million for 100 new Thomas Built school buses. The purchase is intended to be just the first step in a 15-year plan to update the district’s aging fleet.


Florida_Public_Employees_Beach_RestorationSun Sentinel:  Groups say beach restoration could harm reef

A plan to widen five miles of eroded beach in Broward County has generated opposition from environmental groups concerned about the likely harm to coral reefs.





Florida_public_employees_Washington_PostWashington Post: California court rules teacher tenure creates impermissible unequal conditions

A Los Angeles judge Tuesday struck down teacher tenure and other California laws that offer job security to educators, a decision that is expected to trigger widespread challenges of teacher job protections nationwide.


REUTERS_Florida_public_EmployeesREUTERS:  Stocks boost U.S. public pensions despite accounting reform -study

A rising stock market will cause most U.S. public pensions to achieve healthy funding levels this year, even as they adapt to an overhaul on accounting for investments, according to a survey from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College released on Tuesday.


KRDO_florida_public_EmployeesKRDO:  Sheriff insists travel with female subordinates was business

Travel documents show El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa spent thousands of dollars of public money to travel to law enforcement conferences with female subordinates with whom he is accused of having sexual affairs.


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