Daily News Recap – June 13, 2014







Florida_Public_Employees_Supreme_Court_Red_Light_CamerasTampa Bay Times: Florida Supreme Court: Early red-light cameras were illegal

 The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that more than a dozen local governments — including several in the Tampa Bay area — illegally established red-light camera programs by installing the devices prior to the Legislature approving them in 2010.

The_LedgerThe Ledger:  Voting Rights Groups Sum Up Pitch In Florida Redistricting Lawsuit

A Leon County judge should throw out the state’s current congressional districts as illegal because they were drawn as part of a secret process that favored Republicans, according to new filings from a coalition of voting rights organizations opposed to the map.


News_JournalDaytona News-Journal:  Should vets care about the politics of Scott’s VA suit?

On June 5, Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to sue the Veterans Administration for blocking state access to VA facilities located in Florida. A federal court in Tampa will decide the case.





Florida_Public_Employees_Julie_AranibarBradenton Times:   Interview: Manatee School Board Chair Julie Aranibar

As far as first terms go, few politicians can claim to have had the sort of roller coaster as someone elected to the Manatee County School Board in 2010. The district has gone through epic trials and tribulations but is beginning to look like it’s on the right course for success. 


Florida_Public_Employee_Drug_TestWUSF:  Drug-Test Labs Battle in Court

The urine drug-testing giant Ameritox Ltd. will ask a federal jury in Tampa today to find a competitor guilty of unfair competition and of breaking the laws against health-care fraud


Pine Island-Eagle: Cape eyes drop in tax rate

City council was briefed on the pending Fiscal Year 2015 budget numbers Wednesday and most favor a .75 mill decrease – a drop of 75 cents for every $1,000 of assessed valuation.


Florida_Public_Employees_City_EmployeesFlorida Today:   Cocoa’s new health center for city employees

Free treatment for minor illnesses or injuries as well as preventative care could soon benefit Cocoa city workers, and ultimately, taxpayers.


Florida_Public_Employees_River_parl_Aquatic+CenterNaples News: Mural created by local schoolchildren, artist now hanging at River Park Aquatic Center

Naples artist Phil Fisher’s impressionist painting of a Florida beach scene, superimposed with artwork by 24 city children, now greets visitors walking into the River Park Aquatic Center.





Florida_Public_Employees_Seattle_Cop_Sex_PicsMy Northwest:  Seattle cop who posted sex pics of ex-lover wants his job back

In the first interview since his arrest last year, a Seattle police officer who was fired after posting sexually-explicit photos of an ex-lover online said he would like understanding, forgiveness, and his badge back.


Florida_public_Employees_Steve_BenjaminThe State: Columbia mayor, other politicians, officials could be called as witnesses in public corruption trial

COLUMBIA, SC — Political leaders and some senior Columbia government officials – including Mayor Steve Benjamin – are likely to be called as witnesses in a federal public corruption trial that begins next week



CBS News:  Teacher protections weakened even before Calif. ruling

Even before a judge’s scathing ruling against California’s teacher tenure policies, the once-sacred protections that make it harder to fire teachers already had been weakened in many states – and even removed altogether in some places.


WV_GazaetteWV Gazette: Proposed rule would increase minimum wage for federal contract workers

United States Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez announced a proposed rule on Thursday to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.



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