In The News Today – April 2, 2016

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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Palm Beach Post: Three more Zika cases in Florida, including 5th pregnant patient

The new cases of the mosquito-borne disease were contracted by a person in Broward County and another in Polk County. State health officials do not identify where pregnant patients live.

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FOX: Florida panther startles woman in ‘extremely rare’ encounter caught on video

That’s how close Tina Dorschel was to the Florida panther that nearly brushed her leg as it charged past, speeding down a boardwalk in Florida’s 13,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

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Huffington Post: Florida Just Made It Harder For Police To Take People’s Stuff

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Friday signed a bill into law enacting major reforms of a practice that has allowed police to permanently seize people’s property without a conviction or even charging the owner with a crime.

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Travel Weekly: Florida governor’s office scrutinizing tourism agency

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has ordered an examination of Visit Florida’s funding in the wake of an Orlando Sentinel story that detailed the semi-public agency’s lack of transparency.

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Braitbart: Florida Woman Charged with Shooting Husband in Genitals

According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s report, the suspect waved the gun in front of her husband and threatened to shoot him in the face or the chest before she aimed a bit lower and pulled the trigger.

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Palm Beach Post: GoPro video shows Florida skydivers collide in ‘freak accident’

WTVT reported the accident happened March 22 at SkyDive City.

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FCN: Florida Jim Crow Law allows Masonic Lodge to members “Exclusively of The White Race”

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—It was a dark hidden secret in an already secretive fraternity, until now.

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WJXT: Search continues for deputy missing in St. Johns River

WELAKA, Fla. – More than 18 hours after a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputy was knocked out of a boat and into the St. Johns River, boats and divers have found no sign of the woman, identified late Friday as Brandee Smith

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Think Progress: Florida Will Vote This Year On Measure That Would Block Solar Leasing In The State

A measure that opponents say is intentionally confusing and will stifle solar growth was given the go-ahead by the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday. It will appear on the Florida ballot in November.

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NBC: Florida tried to register a dead cat to vote

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida elections supervisor was startled when a voter sent him a photo of a letter sent to her deceased cat.

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Sun Sentinel: South Florida homebuyers enjoying more leverage as market softens

If you’ve been waiting to buy a house, you might have more negotiating power now than you’ve had in a while.

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