In The News Today – December 17, 2015

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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Sun Sentinel: Florida rated best place to live

More than a quarter of those who do decide to move to Florida will be retired baby boomers — those born between the mid-1940s and mid-1960s. By 2030, about 26 percent of Floridians will be age 65 or older, up from 17 percent in 2010, according to a study by the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

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News 4 JAX: Congressional Democrats oppose Florida campus-carry bill

Congressional Democrats want Florida’s Republican-dominated Legislature to know they oppose a proposal that would allow gun owners with concealed-weapons licenses to carry firearms while on state university and college campuses.

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NBC 6: Panther Killed in Southwest Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that a 2-year-old female was found Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle on Corkscrew Road in Collier County. The remains will be taken to a Gainesville facility for a necropsy.

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NBC 6: Bomb Threats Evacuate 2 Southwest Florida Schools

Riverdale and Lehigh Senior high schools were evacuated after handwritten notes were found in bathrooms at both schools, a Lee County School District spokesperson told WBBH.

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The Weather Channel: Why the Florida Keys Are in Trouble

Residents are worried that the rising sea levels will decrease property values in the area, reports AFP. Though flooding is expected in the low-lying region, locals were taken aback when some of the streets remained flooded for almost a month with about 16 inches of water.

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Miami Herald: Florida Senate redistricting chief testifies he didn’t know map helped Republicans

TALLAHASSEE — The head of the Senate redistricting committee testified Wednesday that he had no idea the map he submitted to the court gave Republicans a potential three-vote majority in the Senate and paired the fewest incumbents of any other proposal.

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ABC NEWS: Threats Sent to Schools in South Florida, Houston

Students in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Houston are heading to school Thursday, hours after school officials in those cities received threats similar to the ones received by the Los Angeles and New York school districts earlier this week.

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CBS: Divers work to clean up failed Florida reef project from the ’70s

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An attempt to save Florida coral is wrecking the reef instead. Apparently, they didn’t think through what seawater does to metal.

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Florida Times Union: Ethics commission supports new, stricter policy for officials receiving Jaguars tickets

City Hall laid out a policy for distribution of tickets to Jacksonville Jaguars games after the ethics director became alarmed about how City Council members were receiving tickets and passes to the owner’s suite at the game.

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Sun Sentinel: Mayo: Broward Sheriff finds focus after rocky start

Wth public trust in police faltering and one of his deputies recently indicted for manslaughter, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said, “It’s a tough time to be a cop.”

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POLITICO: Sugar tycoon arranged ill-fated meeting between Scott and Spanish king

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott made embarrassing news in 2012 when, during a trade mission to Spain, he joked during a one-on-one visit with King Juan Carlos about never trying to hunt elephants.

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Huffington Post: The New Year’s Resolution for Big Business: Debilitate Public Workers and Their Unions

This time, though, the effort to undercut the economic and political power of working people is coming insidiously via the legal system in the form of a case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear in January.

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