In The News Today – January 14, 2016

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Florida Politics: TEACHERS UNION PLANS “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!” RALLY IN CAPITAL

The Florida Education Association, the statewide teachers union, is planning a noon rally in the Capitol courtyard Thursday to show lawmakers their “anger and exasperation” with how the Legislature handles education issues.

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CNN: Heart doctors outraged Florida dumps hospital standards after big gifts to GOP

(CNN)The state of Florida is putting thousands of children with heart defects at risk, a group of cardiac doctors say, because of a change in policy that came after Tenet Healthcare contributed $200,000 to Florida Republicans.

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CNN: Marco Rubio’s immigration negotiator prompted conflict-of-interest concerns

Washington (CNN)Marco Rubio made a risky decision three years ago during high-profile immigration talks: He hired as his chief negotiator a corporate attorney who represented clients with a direct stake in the legislation.

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The Statesman: Rick Perry: From Texas governor to Florida lobbyist

After three decades in public life, including 14 years as governor, Rick Perry, private citizen, has registered as a lobbyist in Florida representing a dental benefits management firm whose top brass were the biggest contributors to his second failed presidential bid last year.

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Tampa Bay Times: Ruth: Florida House Republicans plot Senate takeover in 2017

It is anticipated that this November up to 14 open Florida Senate seats will be filled mostly by Republicans moving from the House. Think of doctrinaire House members seeking a promotion to the snooty Senate as something akin to inviting The Lord of the Rings’ Gollum to Thanksgiving dinner

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The Morning Call: Sheetz, Wawa jack up pay in battle for workers

Altoona-based Sheetz announced early Wednesday it will spend $15 million this year to raise workers’ pay across the company, without cutting back hours for full-time employees as part of the move.

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WLRN: Company Invests Millions To Grow Pot Legally, But Waits

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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LA Times: California winner will have to share $1.5-billion Powerball jackpot

The chances of winning the record-setting $1.5-billion Powerball jackpot were a ridiculous 1 in 292 million.

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New Times: FLORIDA MILITIA LEADER SAYS GROUP WOULD BE READY FOR A “CALL TO ARMS”

As a standoff continues in Oregon between armed protesters and federal authorities, right-wing sympathizers around the country continue to watch how the situation plays out.  Yesterday, protesters tore down a $100,000 fence to let their cows graze on federal land but said they would reveal an exit strategy this Friday.

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Palm beach Post: Florida Senate OKs water policy changes

TALLAHASSEE — A statewide water-policy bill, a priority of House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, was approved Wednesday by the Senate without changes sought by environmental groups.

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Sun Sentinel: Former second in command of Florida’s Latin Kings gang pleading guilty in Broward

The man who was second in command of the Latin Kings gang’s operations in Florida is expected to plead guilty today in an organized crime case.

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9 and 10 News: Michigan professor pleads guilty to sex charges in Florida

WESTON, Fla. (AP) – A Michigan professor who authorities say traveled to South Florida to have sex with a 14-year-old boy has pleaded guilty.

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Sun Sentinel: Florida lawmakers move to regulate Uber, Lyft

It’s now the state’s turn to try to regulate Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies after epic battles in South Florida and elsewhere over the last year.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Senate sends leaders’ priorities to House

The plan appears to be coming together. The Florida Senate Wednesday passed two bills, priorities of either the Senate President or the House Speaker. They include a massive water bill and a proposal to increase educational opportunities for people with unique abilities.

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Palm Beach Post: Senate passes disabled-children aid bill, names it for president

The bill (SB 672) increases funding from $55 million to $73 million for $10,000-per-year scholarships for children with autism, Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, starting as early as age 3.

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HT Politics: House panel takes up often-overlooked mental health issues

As enhancing Florida’s mental health and substance abuse treatment efforts rises to the top of the agenda in the state Legislature this year, a House committee unveiled two sweeping bills Wednesday that require more coordination between law enforcement, treatment centers and other groups involved in the system and make dozens of other changes.

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