In The News Today – December 3, 2015

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New York Times:  Couple Kept Tight Lid on Plans for San Bernardino Shooting

ANAHEIM, Calif. — On Wednesday morning, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, left their 6-month-old daughter with Mr. Farook’s mother, telling her they were going out for a doctor’s appointment, a relative said.

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CNBC: Public pension cuts? Not for convicted lawmakers

Sheldon Silver, the powerful New York state legislator found guilty Tuesday on seven corruption charges, faces decades in jail if his conviction is upheld.

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New York Times: How Often Do Mass Shootings Occur? On Average, Every Day, Records Show

That is how often, on average, shootings that left four or more people wounded or dead occurred in the United States this year, according to compilations of episodes derived from news reports.

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CNBC: Public pension cuts? Not for convicted lawmakers

Sheldon Silver, the powerful New York state legislator found guilty Tuesday on seven corruption charges, faces decades in jail if his conviction is upheld.

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Herald Tribune: Escalating tensions at SCF

The Board of Trustees at the State College of Florida decided to outsource custodial duties to a private, third-party firm. Some faculty members griped that the new custodians were strangers, the old ones had lost their jobs..

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Daytona Beach News Journal: Daytona commissioners want more minority employee information

DAYTONA BEACH — With emotions running higher than usual lately over what some feel is a dearth of minorities working for the city, commissioners agreed Wednesday night they need to learn more about the demographics of the workforce and then brainstorm ways to diversify all levels of the employee roster.

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Legal Solutions: DO PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS HAVE UNLIMITED AUTHORITY TO DISCIPLINE THEIR MEMBERS?

In general, most state labor relations board and commissions will not interfere with a union’s discipline of a member.  But a New Jersey appeals court revived two probationary officers’ challenges to their suspensions and other disciplinary actions taken by their union against them, In the Matter of Probation Association of New Jersey et al., 42 NJPER 29 (N.J. Super. 2015).

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Florida Politics: SENATE BUDGET RUN-DOWN FROM RICK SCOTT’S BUDGET CHIEF CALMER THAN IN HOUSE

The Senate Committee on Appropriations heard from Gov. Rick Scott‘s chief budget aide Wednesday morning, when she presented Scott’s $79.3 billion proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year before hearing some pushback from Senate Democrats on state worker pay, social services, and health care.

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Jacksonville Business Journal: Jacksonville: The next ‘battleground’ for LGBT rights

As the spotlight to extend protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people shifts to Jacksonville, the mayor of the last battleground rallied Democrats at a political function Monday night.

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ABC News:  Florida Supreme Court Approves New Congressional Map

The Florida Supreme Court approved a sweeping overhaul of the state’s congressional districts on Wednesday, a move that will upend the political landscape ahead of the pivotal 2016 elections.

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WTSP: Florida House committee gives Uber a victory

A revived proposal that would prevent local governments from regulating popular app-based transportation services, such as Uber and Lyft, picked up its first victory Wednesday in the Florida House.

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POLITICO: Negron cites education, environment as top priorities for presidency

TALLAHASSEE — Sen. Joe Negron, who emerged from a drawn-out battle for the presidency of the Florida Senate last month, vowed on Wednesday to use his leadership post to bolster the state’s public universities, reduce the damaging effects of pollution in Lake Okeechobee, and end what he called the criminalizing of adolescence.

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