In The News Today – April 11, 2016

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Joe Negron

Herald Tribune: Senate president aims to restore Bright Futures scholarships

TALLAHASSEE – Rebecca Landau and Katelyn Ericsson are two Florida State University students who may benefit from incoming Senate President Joe Negron’s ambitious plan to boost Florida’s state university system.


Tampa Bay Times: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio pushed boundaries of campaign finance with unlimited donations, secrecy

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio burned through that much cash before joining the heap of failed 2016 presidential candidates, an astounding figure even in the big-money era.


Tampa Bay Times: In some places, Common Core means a new kind of report card

Some of her freshman English students made A’s in her class but didn’t do well on the Florida Standards Assessments. Others fared poorly in class but aced the annual test.


Sun Sentinel: When charter schools close, taxpayer-funded property often goes missing

Some South Florida charter schools have been known to vanish quickly, and so have their taxpayer-funded books, computers and furniture.


WTSP:  Tampa teacher disciplined over ‘privilege’ form

Parents are outraged after their children had to fill out a form — titled “How much privilege do you have?” — during a Spanish class at Monroe Middle School.


WFLA: Gas prices fall in Florida for 10 days straight

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The low price of oil has given way to declines in prices at the pump. According to AAA, the average price of gasoline fell for the tenth consecutive day on Sunday, in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. State averages are 2-3 cents lower than a week ago.


SPB: Open roads: Florida preparing for self-driving vehicles

Gone are the days when self-driving cars were just a thing of science fiction. The technology is being tested across the country; and autonomous vehicles could be hitting Florida’s roads soon, thanks in part to a transportation bill signed into law last week.


Tampa Bay Business Journey: DCF under fire over LGBT rule change

The Florida Department of Children and Families is under fire for backing off of part a proposal that would protect LGBT kids who live in group homes from discrimination — including so-called “conversion therapy” aimed at changing their sexual orientation.


Refinery 29: A Woman Yelled At Florida’s Governor At A Starbucks — & It Went Viral

Cara Jennings had something to say. And by now, much of America has heard it loud and clear.


Slate: Florida Governor Releases Attack Ad Against Woman Who Yelled at Him in Starbucks

Politicians are used to being on the receiving end of criticism. But Florida Gov. Rick Scott apparently takes it personally. The governor doesn’t seem to have been too happy that a video of a woman yelling at him in Starbucks went viral. So a political action committee supporting Scott responded with an attack ad against the private citizen. A video that appeared on Scott’s YouTube channel attacks the woman, Cara Jennings, directly.


Sun Sentinel: Gov. Scott says Broward Health board blocked investigation

Gov. Rick Scott accused the board of Broward Health of impeding a state investigation into the troubled public hospital system, as he defended his decision to suspend two members of the system’s governing board.


Orlando Sentinel: 7 Kissimmee officers criminally investigated in past year

In the past year, Kissimmee police officers have been accused of ramming a car in a strip club parking lot and forgetting a police dog in a sweltering patrol vehicle for long enough that it died.


Sun Sentinel: Broward Sheriff’s race getting crowded with six candidates

The Broward Sheriff‘s race is becoming crowded, with six declared candidates.


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