In The News Today – April 7, 2016

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Orlando Sentinel:  Orlando emerges as second home for Florida State football

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State linebacker Ro’Derrick Hoskins often made the short trip to the Orlando Citrus Bowl when he was in high school.

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CNN: Florida firefighters rescue ‘Smokey Junior’ from brush fire

(CNN)A baby bear was rescued during a brush fire in Florida on Thursday.

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ABC: Street Drug Flakka Ravaged South Florida, Then Disappeared

A year after it ravaged South Florida, flakka — the synthetic street drug known for causing psychotic outbursts — is virtually gone. The deaths. The hallucinating users. The arrests. All of it.

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Florida Times Union: Florida gets ‘F’ in new school funding report

The Education Law Center compared equity in school funding for all 50 states in a study called “Is School Funding Fair? America’s Most Fiscally Disadvantaged School Districts.” The center is a left-leaning, Pennsylvania-based organization that researches public school funding around the country.

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ABC: National Group Launches Voter-Registration Drive in Florida

The nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization has launched a major voter-registration drive in the battleground state of Florida to identify and sign up hundreds of thousands of potential Hispanic voters.

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CBS: Florida woman explains smackdown of Gov. Rick Scott

A Florida woman who was caught on camera Tuesday blasting Gov. Rick Scott at a Starbucks in Gainesville for cutting Medicaid and signing a bill to defund clinics like Planned Parenthood, is now responding to the viral video that garnered her national attention.

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South Florida Business Journal: Florida tops nation for growth in women-owned business

There’s something about the Sunshine State that clicks with women-owned businesses. A new study from American Express reaffirms Florida’s No. 1 rank in the country for growth in the number of women-owned businesses between 2002 and 2016.

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Bradenton Herald: River of Grass: Gov. Scott signs Legacy Florida bill

TALLAHASSEE — Florida is setting up a dedicated funding source for the Everglades.

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POLITICO: Bondi told by press staff to profess ignorance on gun bills

TALLAHASSEE — On New Year’s Eve, 2015, as the capital was buzzing over two gun-related bills ahead of the 2016 session, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was given a press briefing, entitled “Hot Topics,” in which she was told to tell reporters who asked her about the bills that “I have not seen the upcoming Florida gun legislation.”

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