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Orlando Sentinel: Flu continues to spread in Florida

It’s been three weeks now since flu activity has become widespread in Florida and its activity is not abating: 39 counties, including Seminole, Orange, Lake, Polk and Osceola, are reporting increasing flu activity,…

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NBC NEWS: After Florida, Are the Politics of Same Sex Marriage Over?

“It ought to be a local decision. I mean a state decision,” Bush told the Miami Herald. “The state decided. The people of the state decided, but it’s been overturned by the courts, I guess.”

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WINK: Florida Gov.: Tax cuts, keeping government small help state

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott plans to start his second term in office focusing on the same themes he stressed during his first four years in office, mainly limiting the size of government and cutting taxes to help Florida recover from the Great Recession.

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WTXL: Demand For Florida Prison Death Investigations Growing

MIAMI (AP) – State law enforcement officials want money to keep up with the growing demand of death investigations at Florida’s prisons.

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My FOX: 5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 6

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

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Orlando Sentinel: Disney deal for Florida residents back: 3 days for $139

Disney’s ticket deal for Florida residents, which has been a early-in-the-year staple for awhile, has returned.  The bottom line: Floridians can visit three Disney World theme parks for $139.

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UPI: Record number of panthers killed in Florida in 2014

SARASOTA, Fla., Jan. 5 (UPI) — After two panthers were killed on New Year’s Even in Florida, the total number of panthers killed in 2014 rose to 33 — a new record.

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WTSP: For 1 day, downtown Florida blocks to convert to water slide

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – City officials in West Palm Beach are planning to temporarily convert some downtown blocks into what’s billed as the world’s longest water slide.

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WSJ: Justice Department Joins Suits Against Florida Cardiologist

The Justice Department said it joined two whistleblower lawsuits against one of the highest-billing doctors in the Medicare program.

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Moody’s: Moody’s assigns Aa1 to $230 million Florida’s State Board of Education Public Education Capital Outlay Refunding Bonds, Series 2015A

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a Aa1 rating with a stable outlook to the State of Florida’s Full Faith and Credit State Board of Education Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) Refunding Bonds, Series 2015A ($230 million)…

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POLITICO: Jeb Bush fundraising apparatus ready for takeoff

Allies of the former Florida governor are planning to roll out both a leadership PAC and a super PAC in the coming days in an effort to lock up major donors and give pause to potential rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, according to several sources.

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Tampa Bay Times: After setback on gay marriage ban, Bondi parties on — in private

Attorney General Pam Bondi talks a good game when it comes to open government… But when Bondi celebrated her inauguration to a second term Monday night at the exclusive Governor’s Club, she was hardly a paragon of public openness…

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TBO: Florida prison system riddled with sociopaths, enablers, psychiatrist says

TALLAHASSEE — A Senate panel began its probe of the state’s troubled prison system Monday, a process prompted by a series of inmate deaths including one who was “cooked like a chicken.”

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Orlando Sentinel: Judge who was drunk on bench should lose her job, board recommends 

Broward County Judge Gisele Pollack had a second chance to keep her job by staying sober on the bench, and she squandered it, the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission ruled Monday. 

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Daytona News-Journal: Flagler elections chief resigns

BUNNELL — Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks, who has been at odds with members of the county’s canvassing board for several months, resigned Monday..

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WCTV: SpaceX Calls Off Launch to Space Station at Last Minute

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has called off its flight to the International Space Station.

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WFLA: 10,000 gallons of fuel spilled in crash in St. Petersburg

ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – An oil tanker and a utility truck crashed in St. Petersburg spilling 10,000 gallons of fuel and causing a massive fire early Tuesday morning.

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WFLA: Pasco teacher arrested for allegedly having sex with student

PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) –

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Anclote High School teacher for allegedly having sex with a student.

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