In The News Today – December 9, 2015

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Orlando Sentinel:  Paying Florida teachers based on 30-year-old test scores is nuts

In Florida, trying to pick the worst idea in the Legislature is a lot like trying to pick the stinkiest clump in the litter box.

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Florida Times Unions: Superintendent Vitti, school groups to revise plans to revamp Duval schools

The changes, he said, are largely a result of discussions and votes of “working groups” of community members, parents and school staff that recently voted.

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POLITICO: Depositions show how the presidency race impacted redistricting

“I think I’m done. I’ve had enough. Let the bastards have the place. I’m going home,” Latvala sent in a text message to state Sen. Tom Lee, who sat on the committee Latvala had just addressed.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Gardiner: Raises not bonuses for state employees

As part of his $79.3 billion budget proposal, Gov. Rick Scott has recommended a “performance incentive” bonus plan, but no across-the-board raises for the state workforce.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Assistant principal criticizes Pons, takes early retirement

Swift Creek Middle School Assistant Principal Kathy Culley’s departure was discreet, but her criticism of Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons’ leadership, in official correspondence, serves as a postscript to her early retirement.

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TBO: Florida debt rises slightly after 4 years of decline

The new report shows that Florida’s overall debt stood at $25.7 billion at the end of June. That’s an increase of $1.5 billion over the previous fiscal year.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Bill would speed up short sales of homes

WASHINGTON — Florida communities still reeling from the housing crisis might get some help under a bipartisan bill that would speed short sales on homes worth less than what’s owed on them.

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TBO: Sheriff encourages ‘good’ guys to stop ‘bad’ guys with guns

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey says in a video posted on the department’s Facebook page that citizens who legally carry firearms may be the best defense against somebody who opens fire in a public place.

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Bay News 9: Sen. Bill Nelson calling for tighter airport security

TALLAHASSEE — The Democratic Florida lawmaker has filed legislation that will be discussed Wednesday and it would affect airports across the country. One of his ideas puts secret staffers inside of airports to run checks on security.

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WLRN: A Conversation About Florida’s Troubled Mental Hospitals: “Insane. Invisible. In Danger.”

Florida legislators have cut $100 million from the state’s mental health budget since 2009—and now an investigative series, “Insane. Invisible. In Danger.” by two Florida newspapers details how those cuts have put patients and staff in harm’s way.

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Sun Sentinel: Downtown Delray employee parking program not discussed Tuesday

Plans to implement a pilot employee parking program downtown were not considered by commissioners Tuesday, after all.

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Orlando Sentinel: Thousands of Seminole residents could face fines under new bear-management rules

Seminole County is getting serious about controlling bears — and the responsibility is falling on thousands of residents living west of Interstate 4 who could face daily fines if they don’t obey a set of new rules designed to keep the beasts out of their neighborhoods.

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WTVY: FDLE relaunches “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign

Tallahassee, FL (WTVY) The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is relaunching the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign after recent terror attacks.

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