In The News Today – February 10, 2016

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Florida Politics: MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE RECEIVES BACKING FROM SERVICE EMPLOYEES UNION

The push to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes received the backing of the Service Employees International Union of Florida.

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CNN Politics: Who is John Kasich?

Ohio Gov. John Kasich placed second Tuesday night in New Hampshire behind Donald Trump, who won the first-in-the-nation primary.

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Orlando Sentinel: Put higher priority on public health: Where we stand

As anxiety spreads across the hemisphere about the Zika virus, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has responded in a smart, proactive way. “With over 20 million residents and 100 million tourists,” Scott said, “we must stay ahead of the possible spread of the Zika virus and take immediate action to ensure Florida is prepared.”

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WdJT: Caught On Cam: Florida Man Uses Metal Pole, Samurai Sword To Attack Two People

LAUDERHILL (CBSMiami) – Not one, but two wild scenes were caught on cameras in Lauderhill Sunday morning as a man went on a violent rampage.

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Sun Sentinel: Broward Health board to discuss investigations

Broward Health’s board plans to press for answers at a special meeting Wednesday, after receiving word of up to two investigations into the public hospital system’s activities.

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WFSU: Bill Building On Past Florida Prison Reforms Continues Taking Shape

“This bill is a slimmed down version of the Corrections bill from the 2015 session,” said Tracy Sumner, a staff member of the Senate panel. “Nothing in this bill is currently being addressed by the Governor’s Executive Orders or anything that is currently being implanted by the Department or anything that can be addressed by rule.”

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Flagler Live: Dueling On, State Recommends $19,000 Fine and Public Reprimand Against Manfre, Who Maintains Innocence

It is the albatross around Jim Manfre’s administration: A series of missteps—or ethical violations, in the state’s view—that Flagler County’s sheriff committed in the first 18 months of his second tenure have turned into a protracted duel between himself and the Florida Ethics Commission. Try as he may to build momentum in more positive directions, every few months the ethics case hobbles his hopes with a new twist, usually worsening the case against him even as he keeps battling it.

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WUFT: Banned In 3 States, Nutraloaf Continues In Florida Prisons

Nutraloaf — also known as a special management meal, prison loaf or disciplinary loaf — is served to prisoners in solitary confinement if they create security problems.

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My Palm Beach Post: Deal to allow slots in Palm Beach County passes House committee

Palm Beach Kennel Club could open a casino with hundreds of slot machines under legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday in the Florida House.

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My Palm Beach Post: LGBT bill dead for 2016 legislative session

Sen. Joe Abruzzo, D-Wellington, the sponsor of the bill, had used a procedural move to get the legislation back before the Senate Judiciary Committee, after the panel cast a tie vote a day earlier, which would’ve killed the bill.

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TBO: Despite problems charter schools could get more state money

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Setting up a potential tug-of-war over millions in taxpayer money, the Florida House is rushing ahead with a plan that would force school districts across the state to share local property taxes with charter schools.

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Florida Times Union: Committee signs off on bill reaffirming pastors’ right to refuse to marry gay couples

TALLAHASSEE | Sen. Aaron Bean is sponsoring the so-called Pastor Protection Act to shield Florida religious leaders from being forced to perform same-sex marriages.

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