In The News January 16, 2016

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Sun Sentinel: Campus-carry bill comes with hefty price tag, schools say

Florida universities and colleges would face millions of dollars in added expenses if lawmakers approve a bill this session to allow guns on campus, worried school officials say.

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News-Press: Tornado hits S. Fort Myers; storm affects much of SW Florida

The ripple effect from the tornado that touched down in Fort Myers was still being felt at Southwest Florida International Airport shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.

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Florida Times Union: Jacksonville, black firefighters group disagree over ban on beards; grievances expected

A new city directive mandating that Jacksonville’s firefighters be clean-shaven has drawn criticism from a firefighter organization and promises of grievances with the city and complaints to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Teachers say ‘Enough is enough’

Throngs of angry, frustrated public school teachers filled the Capital Courtyard Thursday demanding lawmakers listen to their complaints about high-stakes testing, low pay and being held to different standards than charter schools.

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Sun Sentinel: 911 call-taker orders pizza while ignoring emergency call

When a young man passed out at a Fort Lauderdale optometrist office in September, an employee dialed 911 for help. But instead of answering, the call-taker at the 911 dispatch center was busy — ordering pizza.

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Florida Politics: PENSION TENSION: PFPF PUSHBACK ON JAX PENSION UNFUNDED LIABILITY SURTAX

As Sam Mousa walked into the Police and Fire Pension Fund building on a misty Friday morning to sell the board on the Lenny Curry plan, FloridaPolitics.com asked him his thoughts on Rick Scott not committing to support the Jacksonville mayor’s pension sales tax plan to address the unfunded actuarial liability.

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Stat News: Zika virus could spread to parts of Texas, Florida, experts warn

A new study suggests southeastern Texas and Florida are the most vulnerable parts of the continental United States to incursion by the Zika virus, believed to be the cause of an epidemic of birth defects in Brazil.

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Government Technology: Is Florida’s Innovation Economy Falling Behind?

(TNS) — It seems as if every state and metro area is striving to be an “innovation economy” these days — indeed, President Barack Obama talked about it in his State of the Union address and it was a theme throughout the Greater Miami Chamber’s economic summit this week. Yet, according to some recent analyses, Florida may be falling behind.

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WESH: Florida bill that repeals ban on shacking up moves ahead

A Senate panel on Thursday voted in favor of the bill sponsored by Sen. Eleanor Sobel. This means that the bill (SB 498) will head to the full Senate for a vote.

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Orlando Sentinel: Study: Florida higher ed has room to improve

Former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio regularly focus on higher-education cost, bringing scrutiny to Florida’s colleges and universities. Scott Maxwell, in a recent column, reiterated Florida’s Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to invest $1 billion more into higher education.

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Tampa Bay Times: Fantasy sports bill faces long odds in state Legislature

TALLAHASSEE – The odds have gotten worse for a bill in the Florida Legislature to declare betting through fantasy sports is legal as a game of skill, instead of wagering.

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My Palm Beach Post: Bill promoting jobs for disabled passes Senate, on way to Scott

TALLAHASSEE —The state Senate sent Gov. Rick Scott a measure Friday aimed at expanding career opportunities for Floridians with developmental disabilities, the final piece of a package that was a priority for Senate President Andy Gardiner.

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