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FOX News:  Crews free 19 manatees trapped in Florida drainage pipe

After hours of labor, local authorities and animal rescue teams rescued 19 manatees who swam into a Florida town’s storm drain and got stuck Monday.

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Florida Today: Reports of bright lights as meteor falls over Florida

Over 100 people reported seeing bright lights in the sky and hearing a window-rattling boom as a meteor fell over northeast Florida.

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Bradenton.com: Records refer to ‘chaotic’ family life before Florida girl’s fatal beating

When Jenica Randazzo was removed from her grandparents’ home in September 2012, child welfare administrators had concluded she was in “substantial and immediate danger.”

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Reuters: Three students shot and wounded on campus of Florida university

Three students were shot and wounded at an historically black university in Florida on Monday and two people, at least one of them also a student, were taken into custody in connection with the incident, a school official said.

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Bradenton.com: Florida news outlets suing Gov. Rick Scott want emergency order protecting public records

Florida news outlets and First Amendment advocates want a judge to order Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members to safeguard all relevant materials in an open meetings lawsuit, even their aides’ cellphone text messages.

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CBS 4: Dangerous Gaming Prank Hits South Florida

A dangerous gaming trend has made its way to South Florida and authorities say it’s putting lives at risk.

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Tampa Bay Times: PolitiFact Florida: Suicide statistics used in guns on campus debate

A shooting incident at Florida State University late last year has reopened a debate in the Florida Legislature about whether to allow guns on college campuses.

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News-Press: Bring balance back to standardized testing in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart took an initial step in the right direction this week by acknowledging Florida needs to change its approach to testing in public schools.

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PINAC: South Florida Cop Caught on Video Slapping Man

.. police officer was caught on video pushing a man down on the ground before slapping him hard across the face

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Space Daily: EDITORIAL –  Charles Parker On Florida Retirement System Overhaul

Current Speaker of the Florida House – and local boy-done-good – Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) is reviewing proposals for a further overhaul of the state’s $160 billion Florida Retirement System.

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