Daily News Recap – June 25, 2014

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Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times:  Pasco School Board improving relations with area governments

For years, the adjectives most often applied to relations between the Pasco County School District and area governments were ones like “frosty” and “unfriendly.”



Florida Today: Florida boy arrested for stealing school bus

The Panama City News Herald reported Wednesday that Wal-Mart employees called sheriff’s deputies after noticing the bus being driven erratically through their parking lot early Tuesday. Employees say the child appeared to be having problems parking the bus.


Pam_Bondi_Gay_MarriageTampa Bay Times:  Attorney General Pam Bondi to defend Florida’s gay marriage ban in court cases

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office announced Tuesday that it will defend the state’s gay marriage ban in separate lawsuits filed in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.


Florida_Public_Employees_Curt_ClawsonFOX News:  Tea Party-backed candidate wins Florida special election to replace ex-Rep. Radel

In a victory for the Tea Party movement, Republican Curt Clawson won a special election in southwest Florida on Tuesday to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.



News Press:  Lee commissioners back flat budget for airport authority

Lee County’s 2014-15 airports budget got its first OK from county commissioners who met Tuesday as the port authority board.


Florida_Public_Employees_DCFCBS Miami:  DCF Rolls Out Site Tracking Child Deaths As Sobel Calls For Investigation

As the Florida Department of Children and Families rolls out a new website to track child deaths and make them public, the sponsor of a new law aimed at reducing those deaths is calling for an independent investigation into whether the department has been open about some recent fatalities.


The_LedgerThe Ledger: Florida Inspectors General Finally Get Respect

With distrust of government at a fever pitch, it’s reassuring to know that every agency in Florida has an inspector general whose job is to root out fraud, waste and abuse within state government.


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Florida union endorses medical marijuana measure

“Seriously ill patients should not have to expose themselves to prosecution for seeking to obtain the medicine they need,” Martha Baker, a registered nurse and vice president of the Service Employees International Union of Florida, said in a release.



Chicago Tribune:   Human rights groups seek inquiry into Florida prison shower death

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday called for a federal investigation into the 2012 scalding death of a mentally ill prisoner in Florida for which no one has been held accountable.


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