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Daily News Weekend Recap – April 13, 2104
Florida Today: County, School Board end battle on closures
The yearlong legal battle between Brevard Public Schools and the County Commission over school closure has drawn to a close.
Tampa Bay Times: Hillsborough’s aging bus fleet is unreliable, departing supervisor says
TAMPA — Richard “Dewayne” Bethune just quit his job with the Hillsborough County school system, supervising workers who repair hundreds of school buses.
News-Journal: Florida lawmakers push to expand private school options
Marci Meyer and her husband chose a private school for their three children because the DeBary couple preferred a smaller campus and wanted a Christian education.
A month after a mudslide devastated the small community of Oso, Wash., killing at least 35 people, the community is still picking up the pieces. As rescue crews search more than 250 acres of wreckage and engineers work to control further…
Tallahassee.com: Hero deputy Lundy welcomed back home
The Taylor County deputy returned to his Steinhatchee home Friday afternoon more than two months after he was shot by a gunman who opened fire at the Timberland Ford dealership in Perry.
Florida Current: Final weeks: Weatherford’s big ideas, trains and budget talks
Lawmakers will take next week off for the Easter and Passover holidays, pressing all budget negotiations and talks over differing legislation between the House and Senate into the cauldron of the last two weeks of the legislative session.
Florida Current: Negron: Budget conference meetings to begin on April 21
Sen. Joe Negron, the Senate’s chief budget writer, told the Senate Friday he expects budget conference committees to begin meeting on April 21 after a holiday break next week.
Tampa Bay Times: SEIU targets Republican lawmakers with constituents in coverage gap
The state healthcare workers’ union has a new strategy in its fight to expand Medicaid coverage: reaching out to voters “who’ve been screwed out of healthcare coverage by their representative’s refusal to act.”
Miami Herald: Former Congressman David Rivera’s friend Ana Alliegro denied bond, remains in jail
Ana Alliegro had just surrendered her passport to the FBI and was told by her attorney she faced jail time for her alleged role in a campaign-finance conspiracy tied to former Congressman David Rivera.
Miami Herald: Over sheriffs’ objections, House approves bill to allow concealed weapons during emergencies
TALLAHASSEE – Evacuations caused by hurricanes, toxic spills and riots could be grounds for legal gun owners to conceal their weapons in public, according to a bill backed by the National Rifle Association that passed the Florida House 80-36.
TBO: Fla. House approves expansion of voucher program
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Following a fierce partisan debate where legislators traded barbs and accused each other of hypocrisy, the Florida House on Friday voted in favor of expanding the state’s main private school voucher program.
Palm Beach Post: Driver says school bus fire started with a ‘boom’
Five-year school bus driver Elton Shakes said he pulled over on Interstate 95 Friday morning after he saw a warning light and heard a “boom.” By the time he got to the side of the road, just north of PGA Boulevard, the rear of the bus was in flames.
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