In The News Today – January 22, 2016

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CBS MiamiL Homeowner Finds Floating Croc In Florida Keys Pool

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A multi-million dollar home in South Florida had a wild addition to its pool.

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ABC: Mom Fights Off Armed Carjackers at Florida Gas Station

Armed carjackers picked the wrong mom to mess with Monday evening. Surveillance footage from the Tom Thumb service station in Hialeah, Florida, shows the mother pumping gas when an armed carjacker jumped into the driver’s seat of her convertible and another banged on the windows with his gun.

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NBC: Giant snake captured during Florida’s annual Python Challenge

MIAMI, FL (WCMH) — The hunt is on! Florida is hosting its annual Python Challenge. Officials say so far, 17 Burmese pythons have been caught during the hunt for the invasive species in Florida’s wetlands.

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Palm Beach Post: Bill to ban red-light cameras passes Florida House committee

A Florida House committee Thursday approved a bill that would bar local governments from using red-light cameras to cite motorists who don’t properly stop at intersections.

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NBC: Florida Cop Invokes ‘Stand Your Ground’ in Jermaine McBean Case

A Florida cop indicted for shooting a man who was walking with an unloaded air rifle is invoking the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law in a bid to avoid trial.

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Miami Herald: Diaz de la Portilla declares campus-carry bill dead for the session

The Senate chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed Thursday that the controversial bill, SB 68, to allow guns on college campuses will not get a hearing in the Senate, even though it is moving swiftly through the Florida House, effectively killed the measure for the session.

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Miami Herald: “Stand your ground” law changes inch toward full Senate vote

Senators debated on Thursday proposed changes to Florida’s “stand your ground” law, clearing the way for a floor vote.

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Tampa Bay Times: Gov. Rick Scott signs water policy, special needs bills into law

Surrounded by members of the House and Senate — and President Andy Gardiner‘s entire family — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday signed the first three new laws of 2016.

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WESH: Strong storms approaching Central Florida

Central Florida has been placed under a slight risk for severe weather, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

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NPR: Florida Researchers Complete Investigation Into Shuttered Reform School

Florida attempted to turn a page on a dark chapter of its history today. Researchers released the final report of an investigation of unmarked graves at the now closed Dozier School for Boys. For more than a century, the reform school in Florida’s panhandle was notorious for abuse and beatings. Some boys died there. And after a three-year investigation, a team from the University of South Florida says it’s been able to identify only some of the remains found at the school. NPR’s Greg Allen joins us from Tallahassee, where the researchers delivered their report to the governor today.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Florida DEO chief wants to talk money

Scott is asking lawmakers to earmark $250 million in incentives for Enterprise Florida to lure new businesses to the state. Senators have said they wanted more legislative control over how that money is spent. Proctor’s top priority is brokering a deal between the governor’s office and the Legislature to get the money for Enterprise Florida.

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WMFE: FLORIDA HOSPITAL ORLANDO’S WATER TESTS POSITIVE FOR LEGIONELLA

The Florida Department of Health is investigating after Florida Hospital Orlando’s water tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

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FCIR: Study: Florida Not Regulating Hazardous Waste Polluters

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is not enforcing laws against companies responsible for hazardous materials pollution or collecting the fines it could from polluters, according to a study released Thursday by an environmental group.

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Florida Times Union: Florida House, Senate to unveil budget next week

The appropriations process will begin officially in one week when the Florida House of Representatives begins discussing details of its budget plan.

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Florida Times Union: Union leaders tell Duval lawmakers they support pension bill for now

TALLAHASSEE | Jacksonville police and fire union leaders support Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension bill as currently written, but they told local lawmakers Thursday that their support could fade depending on how the measure is amended in the future.

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