In The News Today – February 15, 2016

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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CBS: Broken discipline tracking systems let teachers flee troubled pasts

USA TODAY – Georgia officials revoked a teacher’s license after finding he exchanged sexual texts and naked photos with a female student and was involved in physical altercations with two others.

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The Fresno Bee: All candidates say they would help veterans. Who actually has a plan?

WASHINGTON – Promising to take care of military veterans is an easy win for presidential candidates.

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FOX: President to nominate Scalia successor ‘in due time’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama declared Saturday night he would seek to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, charging into a heated and likely prolonged election-year fight with Republicans.

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WUFT: Fraud Concerns Force Alachua County After-School Program To Monitor Funds

According to the audit, the state recommended that employees have designated duties of recording student attendance and collecting, depositing and recording fees. The state also recommended independent audits of student attendance and recorded fee collections and deposits.

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Tallahassee Democrat: ‘Competitive Workforce Act’ is down, not out, in the Legislature

When the deadlocked Senate Judiciary Committee spiked his bill to include sexual orientation in Florida’s civil rights laws, Sen. Joe Abruzzo commended Equality Florida and some businesses for at least getting the idea taken seriously.

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Florida Politics: FPL BREAKS GROUND ON NEW SOLAR POWER PLANTS

At the site of the future Manatee Solar Energy Center in Parrish, Florida Power & Light executives, environmentalists, state and local officials cheered as a groundbreaking ceremony significantly changed the dynamics of solar power in the Sunshine State.

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Business Wire – Press Release: Fitch Affirms Volusia County, FL’s Tourist Tax Revs at ‘A’; Outlook Stable

Overall carrying costs for debt, pension and other post-employment … fund budget included increases in pension, healthcare, public safety and …

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Florida Today: Florida could do more to share info about teacher misconduct

As part of  its investigation, which found teachers with documented misconduct in one state are sometimes able to get a teaching license and job in another state, the USA TODAY NETWORK surveyed each state about its practices and then audited what the state said it aspires to do in teacher backgrounding against reality.

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HT Politics: A First Amendment fight in Florida

The First Amendment Foundation and others have met with lawmakers here to discuss revisions to a Senate bill that would let a judge decide whether to award attorney fees against an agency involved in a lawsuit regarding an open-records law violation.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Florida legislators must reject the path of least efficiency

Every three years, local and state building officials from Florida and across the nation update America’s model building energy code, the IECC. It’s a tedious year-long process, and these officials take their job seriously, poring through thousands of proposals, adding those home improvements that are proven and “shelf ready” to each new IECC.
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