In The News Today – February 8, 2016

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New York Times: Super Bowl 50: Broncos Stun Panthers as Defense Swarms Newton

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — An anticipated showdown between an old-style quarterback and his new-age counterpart — not to mention two top-seeded teams — degenerated into a morass of poor throws, dropped passes and horrible pass protection, with a combined six turnovers and 18 penalties.

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Insurance Journal: Florida Fights Back Against Assignment of Benefits Abuse

Florida insurers, consumer and insurance advocates, as well as regulators, are hoping 2016 may finally be the year that legislators address the misuse of assignment of benefits (AOB) for water loss claims that they say has become a rampant and costly problem in the state.

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TIME: Florida Must Move Forward on Equality Measures

Florida is at a historic crossroads, and the nation will be watching whether lawmakers turn toward progress or lurch backward on Monday, when state senators take up the Florida Competitive Workforce Act—a bill that would add lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) nondiscrimination protections to existing civil-rights law.

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Ocala Star Banner: Florida Black Heritage Trail

A look into the hidden pasts of African-Americans in Florida and a peak at popular local sites that have become part of African-American culture are highlights of a new exhibit opening Tuesday at the Matheson History Museum in Gainesville.

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TBO:  Editorial: A reasonable path to reducing Florida’s backlog of rape kits 

Florida lawmakers should be applauded for taking deliberate steps to reduce a backlog of untested sexual assault kits that may hold the key to identifying rapists and making sure they are behind bars.

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PINAC: Florida Cops Shoot Up Family’s Home After Responding to Wrong Address

Florida police riddled a man’s home with bullets as his wife and son slept inside early Saturday morning, only to later tell him they had responded to the wrong address.

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WTSP: Florida Senate could derail fracking bill

Industry-backed bills introduced by Southwest Florida legislators that would create regulations around fracking in Florida may have sailed through the House, but they’re facing more scrutiny, if not outright opposition, in the Senate.

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Florida Politics: LAWMAKERS CONSIDER CONTROVERSIAL ALIMONY, CUSTODY CHANGES

Big changes could be in store for couples who divorce under legislation now being considered by Florida lawmakers.

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CBS: Redesigned score report for Florida Standards Assessments unveiled

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Education has redesigned score reports for the Florida Standards Assessments, statewide science assessments and statewide end-of-course assessments.

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CBS: Florida students create app to prevent football concussions

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A group of South Florida middle school students has won a $20,000 grant from Verizon for inventing an app that helps prevent football concussions.

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NBC: Florida Man Tried to Run Over Deputy: Officials

Police are searching for a man who they say attempted to hit a deputy with his car.

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Naples Daily News: Florida taxpayers carry burden of high health insurance costs for state workers, retirees; state wants to reduce

TALLAHASSEE — Skyrocketing health care costs paid by taxpayers and minimal contributions from Florida’s 173,000 state workers and retirees have prompted the Legislature to search for ways to bring down costs for health insurance.

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WPLG: Ex-cop, ex-con from New York accused of running financial cons in South Florida

NEW YORK – A caller asked “Call Christina” for help, claiming a man is conning people out of money by pretending to be a licensed Florida attorney. He is also accused of violently beating a woman.

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WTSP:  Tow trucks penalizing drinkers who don’t drive

TAMPA, Florida– 10Investigates found a consumer-friendly law, aimed at discouraging drunk driving, isn’t having the intended effect since few people know it exists, including property owners and tow truck companies that violate it.

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Fact Check: FactChecking the Eighth GOP Debate

Days before the New Hampshire primary, the top seven Republican presidential candidates stretched some facts in the eighth GOP debate.

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Herald Tribune: Harmony seen at session’s midpoint

TALLAHASSEE — The 2016 Legislature will reach its midway point on Wednesday, as the House and the Senate take up their budget bills on the floor.

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