In The News Today – December 10, 2015

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Miami Herald:  Audit says cuts making Florida prisons unsafe

TALLAHASSEE  Florida’s prisons are infiltrated by drugs and tobacco, dependent on outdated security systems, run by inexperienced and overstretched staff, and are housing inmates who are staying longer — and returning just as frequently.

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NPR: Environmentalists Sound Alarm On Proposed Drilling Near Florida Everglades

Florida’s Everglades has an ecosystem known for its sawgrass, cypress trees, alligators — and perhaps soon, oil wells.

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TBO: Florida’s forestry firefighters risk lives and deserve raise

During the last legislative session Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam asked lawmakers to fund a $2,000 raise for each of the state’s 606 forest service firefighters. The Legislature did so.

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WCTV:  Florida Citrus Forecast Goes Even Lower

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Federal agricultural officials have lowered Florida’s orange crop forecast by almost 7 percent.

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Florida Today: Activists rally for tougher water policy in Florida

MERRITT ISLAND — About 15 people gathered outside House Speaker Steve Crisafulli’s office Wednesday, demanding stronger laws to clean up Florida’s waters….

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ABC News: Florida Police Officer’s Wife Caught on Video Stealing Packages From Neighbor’s Porch, Sheriff Says

A Florida police officer’s wife has confessed to stealing packages containing kids’ Christmas gifts from a neighbor’s porch after being caught on surveillance video, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s office.

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UPI: Mealworms found in rice served to Florida elementary students

WINTER PARK, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) — A Florida school district pulled rice from its menus after an elementary school student found a worm in his food and live mealworms were found in uncooked rice.

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Florida Bulldog: Lawmakers protect title loan firms while borrowers pay sky-high interest rates

So she and her son, Devon, went to a TitleBucks store in Las Vegas and took out a $2,000 loan, pledging his gold 2002 Ford F-150 truck as collateral.

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Washington Post: Florida police face backlash after publishing photos of unconscious women

The Windermere Police Department in central Florida published her image Monday on Facebook, along with the faces of nine other apparently unconscious women. They asked people to share the snapshots across social media.

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