Daily News Recap – June 24, 2014

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Florida_Public_Employees_Liberty_Square_ShootingNBC 6: 2 Killed, Multiple Wounded in Miami Shooting

The shooting happened outside an apartment complex at NW 12th Avenue and 65th Street around 2 a.m. Miami Police said Kevin Richardson, 30, died at the scene and Nakiel Jackson, 26, died after he was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.


Florida_Public_Employees_Car_SeatsClick Orlando:  Florida increases age requirement for car seats

Scott on Tuesday signed a bill (HB 225) that increases Florida’s car seat requirement from 4 years old to 5 years old. Starting in January, parents will no longer be allowed to use seat belts for children under 5.



TBO:  Pasco school district faces $7.4 million shortfall

The Pasco County School Board faces a $7.4 million revenue shortfall for the 2014-15 fiscal year, a deficit that must be addressed even as the school district is trying to beef up its teaching and support staffs by adding about 305 jobs.


Florida_Public_Employees_Officer.comOfficer.com: Video Shows Three Dogs Attack Florida Officer

A dashcam video shows a Stuart, Fla. officer being attacked by three dogs during a traffic stop on June 12.

Officer Joe Calderone spoke to WPTV about the incident.


The_LedgerThe Ledger: Military-Veteran Jobs: Work In Civilian Society

Early in its March-to-May legislative session this year, the state House and Senate passed the Florida GI Bill. The legislation was a top priority of the state’s Republican power trio: House Speaker Will Weatherford of Wesley Chapel, Senate President Don Gaetz of Niceville and Gov. Rick Scott.


The_LedgerThe Ledger: Polk tourism employees take Visit Florida committee posts

Three employees from Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing have been appointed to committee positions with Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation.


IslanderThe Islander:

city of Bradenton Beach is looking for a new city clerk after the commission on June 19 voted 3-2 to dismiss Jamie Anderson from her post.


Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel:   Split Orlando council files court brief backing gay marriage

The filing puts Orlando on the opposite side of a legal battle in which Florida Attorney GeneralPam Bondi has pledged to defend the state’s constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage against several pending lawsuits.


Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesPalm Beach Post:  Whistle-blower: Fla. wrongly sent collection firms after unemployed

Florida taxpayers could be on the hook for nearly $2 billion in legal claims according to a whistle-blower who says the Department of Economic Opportunity wrongly reported 19,000 Floridians to collections agencies.


Florida_Public_Employees_Juudith_HawkinsFlorida Democrat: Judge Judith Hawkins faces removal from office

The Florida Supreme Court said Monday evening it intends to throw off the bench Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins as part of a judicial-misconduct case in which she was found to have used her office to promote her ministry.


Ocala.com_florida_pubic_employeesOcala.com: 3 fight to fill open congressional seat in Florida

Voters in southwest Florida are selecting a replacement for former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel in a special election.


Florida_Public_Employees_Tag_ApprovedNews Press: Four more tags approved for Florida autos

As they did a year ago, Florida lawmakers this spring approved four new specialty license tags, also extending a self-imposed barrier that hasn’t slowed the program.





Florida_Public_Employees_Uninsured_StatesCNBC: Top States: Big differences in health “uninsured” rate

With the Obamacare exchanges’ recent rollout, the rate of people lacking health insurance has shrunk nationally, a trend that many experts say will continue in coming years.


Sun_SentinelSun Sentinel: Power of the bureaucracy evident in IRS scandal

For understandable reasons, the IRS scandal has largely focused on the political question of whether the White House deliberately targeted opponents. To date there’s no evidence that it did. That’s good for the president.


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