Daily News Recap: March 31, 2014

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Florida Public Employees


March 31, 2014

Don_Gaetz_Florida_public_EmployeesFPE: Don Gaetz Caves on Same Accountability Standards for Florida Voucher Schools

Once thought to have drawn a line in the sand on holding voucher schools to the same accountability standards and are public schools, Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) has apparently changed his mind. From Marcia Lane in the St. Augustine Record:


Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald:  Scott signs in-state tuition for veterans

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott signed the first substantive bill of the session Monday, creating a program that will waive out-of-state tuition fees for military veterans.


Mike_Weinstein_Florida_Public_EducationJacksonville.com: Mike Weinstein to challenge Matt Shirk for public defender

Shirk is under investigation because he allowed alcohol to be drunk in the office, against city law, and he spent $5,000 in campaign funds at an auction benefiting the private school attended by one of his family members. He also fired three female employees after his wife confronted one of the women at the office.


ThisBlewMyMind_Florida_Public_EmployeesThisBlewMyMind:  Police Officer’s Final Act of Kindness Caught on Tape Before Dying. You Won’t Believe What It Was

Police officers. Their job is to protect, and to serve us. What ex Marine veteran officer Jeremy Henwood does goes beyond the call of duty, it was a random act of kindness that came from the heart. Officer Henwood lost his life in the line of duty minutes after this was recorded,…

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Washington Post: Florida city of corruption gets reprieve as lawmakers let it live

A Florida city that was so corrupt that lawmakers mulled wiping it off the face of the map has been granted an eleventh-hour reprieve: Legislators said Hampton can stay a while longer.


Raising_Speed_Limit_florida_public_employeesNews Press:  Florida lawmakers look at raising speed limit to 75

TALLAHASSEE — The Legislature is considering a bill that could lead to a 75 mph speed limit on interstate highways.


bradenton_florida_public_employeesBradenton.com: Manatee dispatcher awarded for her skills in 2 pursuits

BRADENTON — A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher has been named Employee of the Month for March for her calm and professional manner in handling a vehicle pursuit.



NaplesNews:  Facing sub shortage, Collier schools try to make hiring easier for retired teachers

The district has a shortage of guest teachers, particularly early in the school year because many guest teachers are seasonal residents, according to the district.


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times:  Watchdog report says power companies wield too much influence in Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE — To understand the influence of Florida’s largest electric companies in Tallahassee, look no further than your monthly bill.


Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesPalm Beach Post: Obamacare deadline comes as an important test of the law

Washington — With procrastinating Floridians expected to line up at their doors Monday, advocates have added extra hours and bodies to sign up as many people as possible as the deadline hits at midnight for Americans to sign up for Obamacare — or pay a tax.


FPE: March 31, 2014, Legislative Calendar, Florida Senate And House of Representatives


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