In The News Today – February 1, 2016

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WTXL:  More Abortion Restrictions Advancing in Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Anti-abortion forces in the Florida Legislature are once again advancing proposals that they say are aimed at protecting women’s health and safety, but that opponents say aim to deny access to abortions.

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CBS: The Iowa caucus: Who will win?

The scene is set, and at this moment, on the day of the Iowa caucus, the answer to the question “Who will win?” is no clearer now than it has been over the past year.

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Insurance Journal:  Florida High Court Set to Hear Constitutional Challenge to Workers’ Comp System

The Florida Supreme Court will hear yet another case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s workers’ comp system on April 16, 2016. The case, Daniel Stahl v. Hialeah Hospital, et al., has been making its way through the state courts questioning if Florida’s workers’ comp system is an adequate alternative for injured workers since its major overhaul in 2003. More specifically, the case challenges if the elimination of a type of partial disability benefits by lawmakers is legal.

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Public News Service: Does Florida Have A Budget Surplus or Deep Holes to Fill? 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It’s the $1 billion question: what to do with the excess revenue generated as the state’s economy continues to recover?

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Highlands Today:  State House, Senate spending plans show differences

TALLAHASSEE — House and Senate leaders unveiled budget proposals Friday that stand almost $1 billion apart, clarifying differences in overall approaches to the spending plans and in a handful of key areas.

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Florida Times Union: Legislative bills offer more freedom for athletes to transfer

TALLAHASSEE | High school athletics in Florida could be in for seismic changes as legislation dealing with the Florida High School Athletic Association is rapidly moving through the House and Senate.

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University of South Florida: Uber’s rates great for riders, debilitating for drivers

In Tampa, Uber continues to face issues with its drivers, despite a temporary truce in the last few weeks.

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Environmental Leaders:  How to Prevent Another Flint Water Crisis

The Flint water crisis, resulting in potentially toxic levels of lead in the city’s water supply, shines a spotlight the devastating environment, health and safety ramifications of bad decision making — and also America’s aging infrastructure.

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Washington Post: Pro-Jeb Bush super PAC Right to Rise raises $15 million in second half of the year

The super PAC supporting former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s Republican presidential campaign raised $15.1 million in the second half of 2015, bringing its total war chest for the year to $118 million.

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POLITICO: Pro-Rubio super PAC raised $14.4 million in second half of 2015

The super PAC backing Marco Rubio reported Sunday that it raised $14.4 million in the last half of 2015 and still has $13.9 million in the bank to buoy the Republican’s presidential campaign.

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POLITICO: Care cut back at county health departments under Armstrong

TALLAHASSEE — The number of patients served at county health departments has plummeted in the five years since Gov. Rick Scott took office, the state’s top health official revealed in a letter to a top senator last week, in a bid to keep his job as Florida’s surgeon general amid rising legislative opposition.

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Florida Times Union: 300,000 in Florida face the loss of food stamps

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. | More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month.

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Miami Herald:  Republicans hit Miami Democratic congressional candidate with robocalls on Iran

The National Republican Congressional Committee plans to hit voters in Florida’s southernmost congressional district with robocalls starting Monday criticizingAnnette Taddeo, the Democrat hoping to unseat incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo.

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