In The News Today – February 23, 2016

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DBR Daily Business Review: New Battle Brews in House and Senate Over Retirement System

The House State Affairs Committee narrowly approved a bill that could shift more public employees into a 401(k)-style retirement plan, setting up a clash with the Senate over pensions and death benefits for first responders.

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FOX:  FOX 13 Investigates: Pasco sheriff’s $2M no-bid contract

NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) – A dozen deputies at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office were in the midst of a trial period with Taser body cameras when a salesman sent an invitation to employees offering two seats to a technology seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Pensacola News Journal: School pledge bill still alive

A bill written to amend a nearly 75-year-old statute concerning the Pledge of Allegiance in schools stumbled in the Florida Senate, but the proposal is far from dead.

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Sun Sentinel: State investigators zero in on seven Broward Health contracts

State investigators will be in Broward County this week to conduct interviews and review contract files as part of an investigation into the Broward Health public hospital system.

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TBO: Tampa councilman Maniscalco faces ethics complaint for free helicopter ride 

TAMPA — A city council member accepted a free helicopter ride over the city from a local hospital and later approved the hospital’s zoning request to build new parking lots, according to a complaint recently filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics.

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Florida Politics: JAX CITY EMPLOYEES MAY PAY MORE FOR PARKING NEXT FISCAL YEAR

Parking downtown may get more expensive for Jacksonville’s city employees in the upcoming fiscal year, if a 2014 ordinance is allowed to sunset.

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Florida Politics: JAX COUNCIL TO MULL WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS BILL, JOHN KEANE DEAL

On Tuesday, the Jacksonville City Council will attempt to fix its written communications policy, and finalize its ongoing conflict with former Police and Fire Pension Fund head John Keane.

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WUSF: ‘Monopoly’ Status Of For-Profit Group Home Reconsidered

Florida legislators are looking to end what one lawmaker calls a “monopoly” written into state law that benefits a for-profit company with a history of abuse at group homes for the disabled.

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ABC: Cops: Florida Couple Had Guns, Explosives in Reach of Child

A Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office news release says the stash of weapons was discovered Friday when deputies went to the home in Venice to assist the Florida Department of Children and Families with a welfare check.

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