In The News Today – February 3, 2016

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News 4 JAX:  Ex-sheriff, mayor say officer cutbacks led to crime wave

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The crime wave in Jacksonville that left 15 people dead in a month — including a 22-month-old boy — came as no surprise to former Sheriff John Rutherford.

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WUFT: Why The Florida Lotto Isn’t Enough For Public Education

About a quarter of that lottery money goes to education funds, which benefit K-12 schools, state universities and colleges.

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Sun Sentinel: Late CEO had hired private investigator to probe hospital district

In the year before he killed himself, Broward Health CEO Nabil El Sanadi brought in a corporate private investigator to probe wrongdoing at the public hospital system, meeting with him in restaurants and at his home because he feared his office was bugged, the investigator alleges.

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Daytona News-Journal: Justices hear cases: What will become of Florida’s condemned?

There are 20 murderers from Volusia and Flagler counties on death row. A U.S. Supreme Court decision last month puts into question their sentences to die by lethal injection.

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Fort Myers Florida Weekly: Under consideration

PENDING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD strengthen existing equality and anti-discrimination laws in the workplace, provide tax credits to businesses that hire felons, and ban employers from asking workers or job applicants for access to private social media content could be addressed by theFlorida Legislature during the 2016 session……..

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Florida Today: 5 things: Brevard Schools cracks down on tobacco use

Brevard Public Schools is cracking down harder on use of tobacco, e-cigarettes and “vape” cigarettes on school grounds and at school events.

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Sun Sentinel: Broward hires new airport director: Philadelphia’s Mark Gale

Mark Gale, who resigned recently from running the larger, busier Philadelphia International Airport, was confirmed by a unanimous County Commission on Tuesday morning. He said he’ll ensure Broward’s airport retains its reputation for “easy in, easy out.”

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JAX Daily Record: Earn Up program’s goal is to better educate workers

That’s the sign hung out by many businesses and the trend is only expected to grow. It’s estimated that by 2018, 48 percent of all jobs will require a trade certificate or two-year degree.

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The News Paper:  State Lawmakers Take Up Traffic Camera Bans

State lawmakers throughout the country are having second thoughts about the use of controversial red light cameras and speed cameras. Last week, a federal jury handed down a guilty verdict in the Chicago, Illinois red light camera corruption scandal, and Redflex Traffic Systems announced on Monday that the Australian Federal Police had opened a corruption investigation into the Melbourne-based firm. Thanks to the industry’s troubles,…

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WCTV: Florida Legislature Wants to be Dropped from Federal Lawsuit

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-led Florida Legislature is asking a federal judge to dismiss the House and Senate from an ongoing lawsuit challenging the state’s congressional map.

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Palm Beach Post: Abortion restrictions pass Florida House panel after debate

TALLAHASSEE — After a passionate debate, a House panel on Tuesday approved a wide-ranging bill that would place more regulations on abortion clinics and address issues such as the sale or donation of fetal tissue.

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Palm Beach Post: Florida lawmakers could put cap on lottery scratch-offs

TALLAHASSEE — A proposal that would cut the number of scratch-off games offered by the Florida Lottery was a big winner in a Senate committee Tuesday.

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WPLG: 6 new travel-associated Zika cases reported in Florida

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – South Florida health officials say the area is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. Meanwhile, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that six new travel-related cases of Zika have been reported in Florida.

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