In The News Today – December 12, 2015

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New 4 JAX: Putnam seeks money for rural lands, firefighter raises

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s agriculture commissioner wants raises next year for state forestry firefighters, as well as money to buy and maintain active farm land — items not included in Gov. Rick Scott’s recommended budget.

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Sun Sentinel: Alarm bells about firefighter legislation

Now come Senate Bill 456 and House Bill 345, which Konn estimated would have “a significant impact” on workers compensation insurance rates for cities. The mandate is so broad that carriers would have to assume the worst and set premiums accordingly. “The presumption,” Konn said, “would be nearly impossible to overcome.”

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WTSP:  Free books for Hillsborough students and teachers

Tampa, Florida — It’s hard to imagine a child not having even one book for their parents to read to them or for them to read on their own. While that’s a reality for a lot of kids, it may not be for long.

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Sun Sentinel: The real name of state DEP: Don’t Expect Protection

In recent years, the Florida Senate has offered the only semi-reliable hope for pushback against the policies of a governor who seemingly cares little about this state aside from the unemployment rate and how that makes him look. When it comes to protecting Florida’s parks, however, even the Senate isn’t pushing back.

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Daily Caller: Hillary Gets Another Major Union Endorsement Over Bernie

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) announced Thursday it endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a major blow to rival Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Osceola News-Gazette: Luciano named ‘Outstanding Superintendent Communicator’

Osceola County School District Superintendent Melba Luciano was named this year’s “Outstanding Superintendent Communicator,” an honor bestowed by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA).

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Miami Herald: Department of Corrections criticizes Miami Herald series on Lowell

Prompted by a short video promoting a Miami Herald investigative series on problems at Lowell Correctional Institution, the Florida Department of Corrections issued a statement Thursday denouncing the series in advance.

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ABC News: Florida Deputy Charged in Shooting of Man Who Had Air Rifle

A South Florida sheriff’s deputy was charged Friday with manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of a man who was carrying only an air rifle and might have been unable to hear commands to drop it because he was listening to music through earbuds.

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Pensacola News-Journal: Lessons to learn from South Florida plight

The supply of secure, safe drinking water is steadily declining as the population grows and developments pop up in South Florida like wildflowers.

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