In The News Today – Febraury 18, 2016

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WFSU: As House Pension Reform Package Heads To House Floor, Opposition Continues To Mount

The Florida Retirement System has two main options for employeesto … “And, we flush away a lot of the dignity that we provide ourpublic …

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Florida Politics: HOUSE PANEL APPROVES EXPANSION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA

The House Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday voted 17-0 to approve a proposal that expands the 2015 Right to Try Act to include cannabis.

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Orlando Sentinel: State faces $50 million civil rights lawsuit over drunk driving cases

Two Orlando attorneys today filed what they hope will become a $50 million class action lawsuit, accusing the state of Florida of violating the constitutional rights of drunk driving suspects.

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Huffington Post: Preemption of Democracy by ALEC, its Corporate Funders, and Republican & Democratic Corporatists

Message to media pundits: “It’s the Corporatocracy, stupid!” Government has been coopted in service of the corporate bottom line, bought by the likes of the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council which writes model laws to supplant democracy and overcome the common good. Sen. Bernie Sanders …

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Sun Sentinel: Former employee says Broward Health fired him for reporting illegal acts

A former compliance director at Broward Health claims he was fired after only two months on the job for informing superiors of illegal activities taking place at the public hospital system, which is already facing state and federal investigations.

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WCBD: Race, class battle boils beneath anti-union SCOTUS case

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – Legal challenges to labor unions are commonplace at the Supreme Court, but some educators see the latest case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, as a deliberate attack on minorities and middle-class Americans.

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Tallahassee Democrat:Corruption legislation moves forward in Senate

Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, is nearing the final push in a two-year effort to crack down on public corruption. Gaetz’s Florida Anti-Corruption Act of 2016 Tuesday cleared the Senate Community Affairs Committee with a unanimous vote and is one stop away from a Senate floor vote.

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WFLA: Florida’s $528 million Powerball winners had played same numbers for years

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) — The mystery is over. We now know the names of the lucky Florida winners who purchased a ticket worth $528.6 million in the historic $1.5 billion Powerball drawing on Jan. 13.

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WPLG: Cleanup underway after 3 tornadoes touch down in South Florida

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Clean up is underway in Broward and Miami-Dade counties after three EF-1 tornadoes touched down in South Florida Tuesday morning.

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FOX: Senators block records exemption for Florida hunters

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – A proposal that would have prevented the release of names of hunters in Florida was shot down Wednesday in a Senate committee.

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NBC: Legislature May Authorize Slots Outside of South Florida

Setting up a potential clash over the future of gambling in the state, the Florida Senate is pushing ahead with a proposal that could bring slot machines to counties outside of South Florida.

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Palm Beach Post: Excused students may no longer have to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

TALLAHASSEE — Students excused from having to daily recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Florida public schools would no longer have to stand and hold their hands over their heart either, under a bill that is headed to the House floor.

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Palm Beach Post: Charter school fight intensifies at Florida Capitol

TALLAHASSEE — The legislative battle over charter schools in Florida kicked into high gear Wednesday, as measures dealing with educational choice advanced in the House, while the League of Women Voters attacked a constitutional amendment that could increase the state’s number of charter schools.

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