In The News Today – December 29, 2015

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WJXT:  News organizations file motion to fight bar from Florida’s prisons

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections is seeking to block state and national media organizations from filing a brief in a legal battle about whether a publication should be barred from Florida’s prisons.

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Bay News 9: New Florida bills would mandate school recess

TALLAHASSEE — As public schools adjust daily schedules to better prepare students for Florida’s slate of rigorous assessment exams, the time-honored tradition of recess is increasingly falling by the wayside.

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Tampa Bay Times:  Terry Tomalin’s Top 11 Florida state parks to visit in 2016

Being a traveling man, people often ask me about my favorite places to fish, paddle and camp. And while sometimes I do think that I’ve been everywhere in Florida, when I stop and break out a map, I realize how much of the Sunshine State I have left to see. So instead of writing about where I’ve been, how about a column about where I’ll go in 2016?

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KUTV: Blind elderly woman rescued by medics inside ‘filthy’ Florida home

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (WPEC) — Investigators say an elderly person was so overwhelmed by their own care, she was found living in filth.

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Orlando Business Journal:  3 reasons Florida schools should focus on STEM education

As more people talk about the idea of robots doing the bulk of the work for certain jobs in the near future, there’s one piece to the puzzle that’s missing: Who’s going to program those robots to perform the task?

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Tallahassee Democrat: Florida must address health care for uninsured

According to recent reports, Florida has the third highest rate of uninsured people in the nation. When uninsured individuals get sick and aren’t able to access primary care, they often wait until the last minute when they are at their sickest and end up in the emergency room unable to pay for their care.

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CBS Miami: 2015’s Top Political Stories In Florida

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Florida’s top political stories for 2015 included Floridians joining the presidential race and our governor involved in a scandal.

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Orlando Sentinel: Visit Florida still hiding too much

Considering Pitbull has done little other than call attention to Visit Florida’s reluctance to answer questions about how it spends taxpayer money, there’s mounting evidence to show that the agency’s contract with the rapper to promote the state is a bust.

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Florida Bulldog: Florida’s coming war on collective bargaining for state employees

When Miami state Rep. Carlos Trujillo was interviewed on Spanish language radio station Actualidad 1020 he boldly proclaimed that Republicans will ask voters in 2018 to eliminate collective bargaining for state employees from the Florida Constitution.

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Space Coast Daily: Sheriff’s Office Holds Swear-In Ceremony

This past week the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office held a Swear In ceremony where we welcomed 19 new employees, 15 employees received new assignments, and 30 employees were promoted.

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Health News Florida:  Few Consequences For Health Privacy Law’s Repeat Offenders

CVS is among hundreds of health providers nationwide that repeatedly violated the federal patient privacy law known as HIPAA between 2011 and 2014, a ProPublica analysis of federal data shows. Other well-known repeat offenders include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Walgreens, Kaiser Permanente and Walmart.

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PC Magazine: 4 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is a big deal in people management and not just because it’s bonus season. The term “employee engagement” has been gaining ground ever since Boston University Professor William A. Kahn included the expression in an academic paper 25 years ago. Professor Kahn used it to describe how much of themselves people are willing to invest in their jobs—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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Fire Engineering: FIREFIGHTERS AND FIREARMS: A NEW KIND OF PPE

The world we live in has changed. There is no going back to the days of leaving the car running while going into the convenience store or propping the front door of the house open during a cool breeze. No longer do we look to the big cities to see the news of what criminal committed what heinous act. Violent crime is now a part of every neighborhood and suburb from Washington to Florida and every state in between.

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