In The News Today – August 7, 2016

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 Palm Beach Post: Lawsuit seeks stop to Fracking in Florida?

It’s not used here — and a group of environmental organizations has filed a lawsuit to make sure it stays that way.

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The Ledger: Florida officials in damage-control mode over Zika

At least that’s what officials and representatives of the state’s multibillion-dollar tourism industry are thinking in the wake of the news that 16 people have been infected with Zika in a small, trendy neighborhood in Miami.

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POLITICO: Rubio: No abortions for Zika-infected women

Sen. Marco Rubio said Saturday that he doesn’t believe a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus should have the right to an abortion — even if she had reason to believe the child would be born with severe microcephaly.

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Times Union: Experts say pension-tax solution will work, but critics question the cost

It’s a crucial question for voters to decide in a city where past decisions by city leaders, combined with the 2008 stock market crash, turned Jacksonville into a poster child for financially troubled pension plans.

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Orlando Sentinel: Q&A: Shining light on solar amendments

TALLAHASSEE – Voters this year are being offered the chance to approve two solar amendments, with major implications for businesses and the future of how Florida consumes energy.

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NWF Daily: Medical marijuana distribution starts to play out locally

The first legal dope deal in the history of Okaloosa County could take place as early as next week at the office of state Rep. Matt Gaetz.

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Sun Sentinel: Davie officials violated purchasing rules, county investigators say

Several high-ranking town officials and employees violated state law by splitting purchases across their town-issued credit cards to avoid the bid process, failing to get proper approval for purchases, and attempting to conceal malfeasance from investigators with the Broward Office of the Inspector General, according to a report by that agency.

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Herald Tribune: Florida again campaign central

It didn’t take long after the conventions for Florida to become the epicenter of presidential politics again.

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WJXT: Ex-deputy in Florida faces prison in sex case

A former Florida Panhandle sheriff’s deputy is facing up to 45 years in prison following his conviction on sex charges involving a 16-year-old girl.

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WPEG: Report: Half of Florida lakes have elevated algae

A new state report estimates that half the lake area in Florida contains elevated levels of algae.

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News-Press: Trump’s poor standing with Florida Hispanics could dash hopes

Donald Trump’s surrogates dismiss recent polls showing him struggling in battleground states, saying the numbers reflect a predictable up-and-down cycle in election-year surveys.

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