In The News Today – February 5, 2016

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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TC Palm: EDITORIAL – Florida Legislature should leave school districts as they are

It could happen under a legislative proposal to allow municipalities to form their own districts, complete with school boards chosen through partisan elections.

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Jacksonville Business Journal: Florida legislature looks to expand charter school authority

Lawmakers in the House and Senate pushed ahead Tuesday with legislation that would chip away at school boards’ control over whether to allow charter schools by giving the same authority to a statewide entity or city governments.

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Palm Beach Post: Gambling bill in the works that would affect PBKC

TALLAHASSEE — Florida House and Senate leaders will roll out gambling bills Friday that would allow the Seminole Tribe to add craps and roulette at its casinos, potentially do away with dog racing and most horse racing and open the door for slot machines in Palm Beach County.

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Pastor Protection Bill: “PASTOR PROTECTION ACT” CONTINUES MOVING IN LEGISLATURE

Clergy members, ministers and other “religious organization” employees could legally refuse to perform gay marriages under legislation that will be considered by the full House of Representatives.

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The Ledger: Florida Poly faculty wants vote on union

LAKELAND — Faculty at Florida Polytechnic University have mounted a unionization campaign.

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Bradenton Herald: State College of Florida faculty members petition to unionize

MANATEE — A week after the State College of Florida’s board of trustees voted to end tenure for any instructors hired after the start of 2016, the majority of the faculty is petitioning the state to allow it to unionize.

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News On 6: Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus

Associated Press MIAMI (AP) – Florida’s history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.

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WFTV: State: Sarasota school district background checks incomplete

SARASOTA COUNTY — A report by the State of Florida Auditor General’s office recently found the Sarasota County School District hasn’t been consistently conducting required, five-year, follow-up background checks for employees.

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TC Palm: Port St. Lucie conducting review after newspaper’s public-records investigation

PORT ST. LUCIE — Administrators are conducting an internal review of the city’s public-records procedures after a Treasure Coast Newspapers investigation revealed last month that basic requests for information could take months to obtain.

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Tampa Bay Times: Man behind public safety campus plan trailed by civil fraud, theft allegations

LAND O’LAKES — Skip Drish, the man who proposed putting a security academy’s public safety campus in central Pasco County, faces a barrage of civil litigation.

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ABC: Florida authorities shoot Missouri couple wanted in crime spree; man dead, woman injured

Santa Rosa County, Fl. – A Missouri couple wanted for kidnapping and theft charges in at least three states, including Alabama, saw their alleged crime spree come to an end early Friday morning when they encountered multiple law enforcement agencies on the Florida panhandle.

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