In The News Today – December 28, 2015

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My Palm Beach Post: Hunting, grazing, logging at Florida state parks? 2016 fight looms

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s bottom-line focus on state government is stirring environmentalists across Florida wary of the upcoming legislative session and another wave of efforts to make state parks help pay for themselves.

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Florida Politics: A.G. GANCARSKI’S TOP 10 STORIES OF 2015 IN JACKSONVILLE POLITICS

Big money went into campaigns: over $10 million, including soft money, in the mayoral race. Close to $2 million in the sheriff’s race. And even some City Council candidates who raised close to a quarter of a million dollars did so in vain.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Budget blew up 2015, new leadership will define 2016

Until the final vote on Sept. 24, activists were still thumping on the doors of City Hall, fuming over the increase and threatening to unleash their wrath on commissioners in the 2016 election year if rebuffed.

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PINAC: Florida Deputy Beats Handcuffed Man; Forced to Resign After Fellow Deputy Blows Whistle

A Florida deputy resigned last month after another deputy came forward, accusing him of using excessive force on a handcuffed suspect sitting in the back of a patrol car.

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Florida Today: Gay marriage leads top 2015 Florida stories

MIAMI – Florida’s biggest news story for 2015 happened in the year’s first days, when the state became the 36th with legalized gay marriage, according to an Associated Press poll of the state’s newspaper and broadcast editors.

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NBC News: Suspected Boat Thieves in Lee County, Florida, Lead Coast Guard on 345-Mile Chase

Three suspected boat thieves led the Coast Guard on a 345-mile high-speed chase lasting nearly 20 hours before they were eventually captured off Mexico, officials in Florida said Sunday.

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ABC News: Police ID 7-Year-Old Boy Killed in Florida Drive-by Shooting

Miami-Dade Police Detective Robin Pinkard said in an email Monday that the victim’s name was Amiere Castro. His hometown was not released.

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The Ledger: Voters told to update signatures in advance of Florida’s presidential primary

TALLAHASSEE — With a presidential primary right around the corner, many Florida voters are being told they must update their legal signatures to ensure that their absentee ballots will be counted.

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Tampa Bay Times: Redistricting saga moves Florida congressional map ‘closer to fairness’

TALLAHASSEE — In the aftermath of another redistricting shakeup, Florida’s congressional delegation is in flux as a court-approved map threatens to whittle away at the 17-member Republican majority while Democrats gain strength.

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Space Coats Daily: Florida Population Over 20 Million, Adding Nearly 1,000 People A Day

The Sunshine State, adding more than 1,000 people a day, is nearly up a half-million people on New York, which it surpassed a year ago to become the third most-populous state, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Tuesday.

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Daytona News-Journal: Flagler County, Palm Coast at odds over bill to modify ambulance certification process

Flagler and Volusia County leaders have come out against a proposed state measure that would open an avenue for Florida’s cities to circumvent county approval in setting up their own ambulance services.

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Pensacola News-Journal: Solar tax credit spurs projects

When Congress passed a $1.15 trillion spending bill and companion $629 billion tax bill on Dec. 18, it not only ensured the federal government would stay open through September, it removed uncertainty that was preventing large solar projects from moving forward.

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