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Sun Sentinel:  Stand strong to address bad bus drivers

oward bus riders deserve much better than this… They deserve better from county officials, who simply must negotiate a tougher, more sensible contract with drivers from the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1267.

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ABC 7 Ft. Myers: Bill would limit testing time in Fla. schools

(SB 616), sponsored by Senate Education PreK-12 Chairman John Legg, would cap the amount of time students spend on state and local tests at 5 percent of their schools hours.

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Florida Today:  Brevard Schools Employee of the Year: Michael Gillard

Michael Gillard, the head custodian at MILA Elementary on Merritt Island, was named Brevard Public School’s Employee of the Year at the ABC Awards Gala Jan. 28 at the King Center in Melbourne.

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WJAX: Students talk about teacher accused of murdering 4-year-old

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A local teacher and his wife are in jail, accused of murder and child abuse.

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WOKV:  Collapsed portion of Liberty Street was inspected in 2013

Jacksonville, FL — A gaping hole has opened in Downtown Jacksonville, and at this time it’s unclear why.

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TC PALM: Acting police chief 1 of 3 candidates for Indian River Shores public safety director

INDIAN RIVER SHORES — The acting police chief is one of three finalists to become the town’s new public safety director.

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The Bradenton Times: Pumphrey Files Bar Complaint Against School Board Member Dave Miner

BRADENTON — Manatee County School District Office of Professional Standards investigator Troy Pumphrey has filed a complaint with the Florida Bar against school board member Dave Miner, The Bradenton Times has learned through a public records request.

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reason.com: Florida Tries to Make Teen Sexting a Crime, Actually Makes Teen Sexting Impossible to Prosecute

Every now and then lawmaking goes delightfully, rather than horribly, wrong. Today in this rare but beautiful category: a Flordia law meant to criminalize teen sexting actually makes it impossible for the state to prosecute teens for sending each other sexual images.  

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National

CBS: Will Chris Christie’s brash style be a boon or a bust in 2016?

If Republicans are looking for a nominee in 2016 who relishes the hand-to-hand combat of politics and brings an unapologetic personality to the campaign trail, they need look no further than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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Bloomberg: Tennessee Shows How Republicans Are Learning to Love Obamacare

Republican-led states that blocked Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion have found a way to embrace it, under pressure from businesses to tap the flood of federal dollars it brings.

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NPR: Florida Leads Insurance Sign-Ups, Despite Political Opposition To Overhaul

When Florida workers promoting President Obama’s health law marketplace want instant feedback on how they’re doing, they go to an online “heat map.” The map turns darker green where they’ve seen the most people and shows bright red dots for areas where enrollment is high.

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CNN: Poll: Clinton sweeps GOP foes save Bush tie in Florida

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton is leading top Republican contenders in three crucial swing states by hefty margins, but she has two scenarios where she could be evenly matched, according to a new poll.

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