In The News Today – January 18, 2016

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Orlando Sentinel:  Central Florida electric utilities look to increase clean energy and reliability

The city of Orlando’s electric utility hit an anticipated milestone last year when it announced plans for more solar plants — a pair to be built this year that would produce power for about what it costs to generate electricity with units that run on coal and natural gas.

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Tampa Bay Times: PolitiFact Florida: Jeb Bush says he helped reduce youth heroin use as governor

Addiction is a deeply personal issue for Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, whose daughter, Noelle, suffered from addiction and a string of related criminal charges while he was governor of Florida.

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News=Press: Death penalty issue returns to Florida court

The U.S. Supreme Court tossed out Florida’s death penalty statute last week. Still unclear, though, is who will live and who will die.

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Florida Politics: REPORT: UF JUST SAYS NO TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA PARTNERSHIPS

A medical marijuana grower may have told a Senate panel last week he was working with University of Florida scientists, but a university spokeswoman now says that’s not the case, according to a report by public broadcasting affiliate WUFT-TV and FM.

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Florida Politics: PRO-SCHOOL VOUCHERS RALLY EXPECTED TO DRAW 10,000 TO TALLAHASSEE ON TUESDAY

Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will lead a march and rally in downtown Tallahassee on Tuesday in support of Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarshipthat is expected to attract several thousand participants and spectators.

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Medscpae Medical News: Pertussis Outbreak Among Vaccinated Preschoolers Raises Alarm

The sustained transmission of whooping cough at the school “raises concerns about inadequate protection against pertussis in an age group believed to be well protected by acellular pertussis vaccination,” write public health researchers led by James Matthias, MPH, an epidemiology and surveillance unit manager with the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee.

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TC Palm: Investigation: Tax cut robs Everglades, saves South Florida businesses millions | Digital extras

ABOUT THIS STORY: The state was poised to collect $21 million without raising taxes, money that could have restored the Everglades and Indian River Lagoon.

READ MORENBC 6: ATV Riders, Bikers Hit South Florida Streets for ”MLK Ride Out”

For the second year in a row dirt-bikes, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles ripped through the streets and freeways of South Florida on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Tampa Bay Times: Ex-Florida prisons chief Ed Buss, 50, has died in Indiana

Ed Buss, who served as Gov. Rick Scott’s first secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, died Friday in his native Indiana. He was 50 years old. Buss’ obituary in the LaPorte (Ind). Herald Argus says he died unexpectedly. The cause of death was not disclosed.

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Fox: Poll: Trump holds big lead in Florida

LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – A post-debate survey conducted for FOX 35 shows Donald Trump holding a 12-point lead over Ted Cruz in the Sunshine State.  Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are in a tight battle for third.

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CBS Miami: Students Protest Gun Violence During MLK Day Parade

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Miami-Dade has a special significance as more than 200 black students marched to protest gun violence.

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WCTV: Tallahassee Celebrates Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Residents of Tallahassee marched to Cascades Park Monday morning to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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WCTV: Apple Admits Bug in iPhone 6S Battery Meter

Apple’s latest iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S plus batteries may have some users seeing black despite showing a full battery due to a bug that doesn’t update the phone’s battery meter.

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WJHG: 2016 Federal Tax season starts Tuesday

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Be sure to check your mailbox for your W-2 forms, it is almost tax season.

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WJHG: Veteran hikes the country to serve brothers in arms

BAY COUNTY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) – At the intersection of State Road 20 and Highway 79, Jon Hancock reflects on the intersections of his life that have brought him here – several states away from home.

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News 4 JAX: Jacksonville throws parade to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Jacksonville on Monday to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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News 4 JAX: Volunteers tackle projects on MLK Day

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of volunteers in Jacksonville gave their time, talents and sweat Monday to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the national day of service.

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NBC: Suspect in Ohio fatal police shooting ‘was looking to kill an officer’

(CNN) — Minutes before Officer Thomas Cottrell was killed, police received an ominous call.

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