In The News Today – January 13, 2016

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Palm Beach Post: Could campus-carry gun bill die in Senate committee for second year?

TALLAHASSEE — As the annual legislative session got underway Tuesday, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has yet to decide if members will hear two controversial gun measures.

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Florida Times Union: Florida’s death penalty procedures declared unconstitutional by U.S. Supreme Court

The ruling also creates doubt about the status of 60 to 70 people on Death Row from Jacksonville, including one white supremacist, Mark Asay, scheduled to be executed in March.

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Tampa Bay Times: Florida Legislature might let victims sue terrorist networks

Some Florida lawmakers want to grant victims of terrorism the right to sue co-conspirators of terrorists for damages.

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Orlando Sentinel: Guns, buses, testing at stake this session

The Florida Legislature is back in session, which is always scary. And legislators have filed 1,600 bills, which is even scarier.

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CBS Miami:  Gov. Scott Delivers “State Of The State” Address

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – Jobs, tax cuts and incentives for small businesses were the focus of Governor Rick Scott’s 2016 State of the State address.

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Media Matters: Florida Experts Debunk The Transgender “Bathroom Predator” Myth

Florida Cities And Counties With Similar Non-Discrimination Laws Disprove The “Bathroom Predator” Myth

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WMFE: SEE INSIDE A FLORIDA NURSERY READY TO GROW MEDICAL MARIJUANA – IF IT CAN CONVINCE A JUDGE

If you think about growing medical marijuana, you probably picture pot growing in a field or maybe a green house. Instead, think prison, with a hint of laboratory.

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Sun Sentinel: Broward courthouse opening pushed back to summer

The new Broward County courthouse might not open to the public until this summer, a year late.

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WSVN: Security Breach?: Feds detain 5 workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla.  (WSVN) — Federal officers detained five workers, suspected of being illegally in the country, after they were allowed access to a restricted area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Florida Politics: PINELLAS COUNTY COMMISSION EXPANDS STATE HUMAN TRAFFICKING INITIATIVE

Pinellas County Commissioners Tuesday passed an ordinance furthering the work of the Florida Legislature to curb human trafficking. Last year, the legislature approved a bill ultimately signed into law that gave county commissions the authority to place signs in certain locations educating the public about the labor and sex trafficking.

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PINAC: Florida School Board Skipped School Bus Safety Audits, Faces Anti-SLAPP Motion in Court

A northeastern Florida School Board sued PINAC reporter Jeff Gray in retaliation for seeking public records and investigating school bus safety practices in and around St. Augustine.

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PolitiFact: Rick Scott says we ‘completely’ turned around Florida’s economy

Gov. Rick Scott kicked off the 2016 legislative session by touting Florida’s growth under his guidance, which he said was an about-face from the direction the state was headed before he took office.

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Palm Beach Post: FHP: Tim Frith, former South Florida spokesman, dies

Lt. Tim Frith, a longtime spokesman for the the Florida Highway Patrol in South Florida, died Tuesday morning.

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Tallahassee Democrat: State Workers missing from State of the State

Gov. Rick Scott’s State of the State address ran for 27 minutes. The speech marking the opening of the 2016 legislative session contained nearly 2,500 words. None mentioned state employees.

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