In The News: April 9, 2014

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April 9, 2014

CNNCNN: Four school stabbing victims in critical condition; teen suspect charged as adult

Murrysville, Pennsylvania (CNN) – A teenage boy wielding two kitchen knives went on a stabbing rampage at his high school in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, early Wednesday, before being tackled by an assistant principal, authorities said.

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Florida_NewszapFlorida NewsZap: Glades County sheriff to close jail facility; Says federal government cut back on arrests of illegal immigrants and large jail facility is losing money; 100 jobs lost

MOORE HAVEN– Glades County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon said Tuesday was a day he never really wanted to come to his community as he announced to the Glades County Board of County Commissioners that he would close the county jail due to financial problems caused by the federal government.

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Ocala.com_florida_pubic_employeesOcala.com: Marion County Jail workers unionize

Sheriff Chris Blair’s union dealings have doubled now that the corrections officers at the county jail have voted overwhelmingly to unionize.

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Palm_Beach_Post_florida_public_EmployeesPalm Beach Post: Point of View: Florida Retirement System can’t take another ‘fix’

Most public employees are paid less than their counterparts in private industry. Many state and municipal government workers, as well as teachers forgo current salaries for the security of a defined benefit retirement plan.

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Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald: Florida lawmakers clash over school choice 

TALLAHASSEE – Democrats and Republicans clashed Wednesday over a proposal that would expand the state’s school voucher program and create another voucher-like program for children with special needs.

20_Stabbed_at_PA_SchoolUSA Today: At least 20 stabbed at Pa. school; suspect arrested

One male student was in custody Wednesday after at least 20 students — including at least one adult — were stabbed in classrooms and the hallway of a high school in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh

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Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald:  Miami Dade College president decries opposition to sales-tax bill

Branding them “bullies” and “ideologues,” Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón blasted a handful of powerful local lawmakers on Tuesday, charging that they are sabotaging his school’s best hope for a desperately needed infusion of money.

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Current_florida_public_employeesFlorida Current: House human trafficking bill sails through first committee

The House version of a human trafficking bill sailed through its first committee of reference on Tuesday amid concerns both for and against its subsequent creation of a pilot locked facility for victims.

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Gainesville.comGainesville.com: Local schools could lose $5 million in state funding

Alachua County Public Schools are appealing to the Florida Department of Education to correct reporting errors that could create a $5 million shortfall in the district’s budget.

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Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald: A loophole costing Miami-Dade $60 million may get fixed by Legislature

TALLAHASSEE – It’s become commonplace in Miami-Dade County: Agents file property-tax appeals for homeowners — sometimes without their permission — in hopes of sharing in the refund.

Florida_TodayFlorida Today:  Criteria set for school closures

In public comments and in the media, elected officials have said they would create a list of schools that could be closed in advance of the November election and a bid to pass a half-cent sales tax.

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Polk_County_SchoolseSecurity Planet:  Florida School District Publishes Employees’ Social Security Numbers Online

District CFO Mike Perrone told the Ledger that the data was included in a large document that shouldn’t have been stored online. The document, first created in 2000 and updated periodically, was a salary schedule ….

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FDOCWFSU:  Florida Prison Guards Demand Pay Parity With Other Law Enforcement Officers

Florida prison guards are asking state lawmakers for pay raises similar to those given to other law enforcement officers last year. The guards say low pay and inflexible holiday time cause many of their fellow officers to leave prisons for other jobs—and to become less effective at guarding violent criminals.

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Ledger_Florida_Public_EmployeesThe Ledger:   Florida Lawmakers Moving Forward With Controversial Abortion Proposal

TALLAHASSEE | Florida lawmakers are moving forward with a controversial proposal that would place additional restrictions on abortions, largely barring the procedures if doctors determine that fetuses have reached viability.

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FPE:  April 9, 2014 – Legislative Calendar, Florida Senate And House Of Representatives

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