In The News Today – December 14, 2015

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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Pensions & Investments: Public pension funds’ hedge funds top benchmarks, but returns not great

Hedge fund returns of big U.S. state pension funds in the year ended Sept. 30 were hundreds of basis points lower than the prior year, but more than half of those portfolios managed to squeak past their benchmark returns during a tough period for hedge fund strategies.

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Tallahassee Democrat: State-worker charity drive loses $172K

Florida’s state-worker charity campaign took a major hit after revelations most of the money is going to a for-profit company, Solix, Inc.

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Orlando Sentinel: Nelson aims to reform H-1B visas

Nelson in June had asked for a Department of Homeland Security investigation into H-1B visas shortly after it came to light that Walt Disney World had laid off tech employees who were replaced through an outsourcing company using foreign workers with the visas.

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Daytona News-Journal:  School Board copes with criticism

Before the Volusia County School Board voted to move forward with a uniform policy, they spent the majority of Tuesday’s six-hour meeting listening rather than talking.

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PINAC: Florida PINAC Reporter Sent 38 Censorship Letters by Schools Superintendent & Principals

PINAC reporter Jeff Gray received 38 “school safe zones” / trespassing warning letters from the Superintendent of St. Johns County schools and every single principal of every single school in his home county, where his children are enrolled.

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Naples Daily News: Editorial: Collier housing issue is about providing a safe home for all workers

Tuesday’s discussion by Collier commissioners about the next steps in addressing the county’s affordable housing problem illustrates the need for a comprehensive solution.

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Florida Times Union: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says it didn’t maintain emails as law requires

Sheriff Mike Williams told the Times-Union Thursday morning that the agency didn’t have a system for saving emails older than 90 days. A new system was put in place Nov. 5. The Sheriff’s Office will review its records process and hire a new records manager, said Williams, who became sheriff in July.

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Learning English: Florida is No. 1 for Americans on the Move

Population continues to move from north to south inAmerica. Florida is expected to add five million newresidents by 2030, according to the state’s Office ofEconomic and Demographic Research. While Floridais growing, the states of Illinois, Ohio and Michigan have lost the largest numbers of residents.

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ABC 7 News: WOMAN’S VIOLENT TANTRUM AT FLORIDA DMV OFFICE CAUGHT ON VIDEO

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (KABC) –A woman’s wild and violent confrontation at a south Florida Department of Motor Vehicles office was all caught on video.

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Curve Mag: Same-Sex Couples Ask Florida State To List Both Parents On Birth Certificates

After being told in August that only the birth mother’s name could appear on the birth certificate of their twins, Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello, filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for both parents to be listed on their children’s birth certificates.

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News 13: CDC: Florida is the deadliest state in the US for bicyclists

ORLANDO — When you use your bicycle near a city street, do you use the bike lane or the sidewalk? Is riding on the sidewalk when a bike lane is available even legal?

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AMMOLAND: Florida Open Carry Gains Momentum

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- The push to reform Florida gun laws to restore open carry rights has gained significant momentum in the last few weeks.  First, on October 5th, the licensed Open Carry bill,  HB-163, passed the Florida House Criminal Justice sub-committee, with an 8-4 vote.

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WJHT: Matt Gaetz says new TDC proposal could help taxpayers, first responders

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – After retracting a proposal that would send about 20 percent of Tourist Development Council (TDC) funds to the state, Representative Matt Gaetz said a new idea could help local residents and first responders.

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WFTV: Uber passenger dies after deputy-involved crash in Longwood

day after being injured in a crash involving a Seminole County sheriff’s deputy, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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My News 13: President Obama ramps up bid to explain how US will fight extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to ease public jitters ahead of the holidays, President Barack Obama will use visits to the Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center this week to try to explain his strategy for stopping the Islamic State group abroad and its sympathizers at home.

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