In The News Today – January 7, 2016

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CBS News: Scott’s Budget Plans Could Face Squeeze

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – An election-year budget that includes huge tax cuts, record funding for public schools and a new initiative to bring jobs to Florida might be good politics for lawmakers. The question is whether they can afford it.

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Orlando Sentinel: Where we stand: Don’t spoil state parks for profit

A park is usually defined as public land kept in a largely natural state to be used for recreation. It’s not a place to be degraded for profit. Florida has some spectacular parks where one can stroll in the woods, float down a river or view wildlife. Now, state officials are considering additional activities at some parks — hunting, logging and cattle grazing.

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LEXOLOGY: The Independent Contractor vs. Employee Classification Issue in Florida Unemployment Compensation Claims Determination: An Intriguing Appeal Against the Backdrop of Multiple Battles Involving Uber 

As Uber seeks Florida legislation, through House Bill 509 and Senate Bill 1118, to establish a regulatory regime that preempts local ordinances and codifies a framework for designation of its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees,

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TBO: Tampa’s adult entertainment workers learn how to spot human trafficking

About 70 adult club operators, performers and employees from the Tampa Bay area gathered on Wednesday to make sure human trafficking doesn’t infiltrate their establishments.

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DOGO News: Are Affectionate Tourists Harming Endangered Florida Manatees?

Manatees or sea cows as they are often called are large rotund marine animals that can weigh as much as 1,000 pounds. But despite their enormous size, the mostly herbivorous animals have no blubber to protect them in cold weather. Hence, every winter, the gentle giants seek out warmer waters.

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Ocala Star Banner: Grad rates on the rise; some schools over 90%

All but one of Marion County’s seven public high schools improved their graduation rates in 2014-15, and four boasted a rate of at least 90 percent for the first time ever.

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Sun Sentinel: Medical woes fail to keep government worker out of prison

A former Social Security Administration worker who took about $10,000 in bribes to let clients jump the line for disability benefits was hoping his own medical woes would keep him out of federal prison when he was sentenced Wednesday.

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Palm Beach Post: Police: Roosevelt Elementary student’s mom sends teacher to hospital

WEST PALM BEACH — The mother of a Roosevelt Elementary student who attacked the child’s 57-year-old teacher in December has been arrested on a charge of battery, according to Palm Beach County School District police.

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The Atlantic: Can States Protect LGBT Rights Without Compromising Religious Freedom?

… toward anti-LGBT-discrimination campaigns in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, …. In trying to prevent any of her employees from signing off on gay … But they also have the opportunity to shift thepublic debate away from …

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Florida Trend: Public Service Commission approves need for FPL Okeechobee Clean Energy Center in 2019

JUNO BEACH, Fla. — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved the need for Florida Power & Light Company’s proposed FPL Okeechobee Clean Energy Center. The new high-efficiency power plant is scheduled to begin generating affordable clean energy by mid-2019 to help meet the electricity needs of Florida’s growing population and expanding economy.

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Florida Politics: JACK LATVALA SUPPORTS ANTI-LGBT DISCRIMINATION BILL

State Sen. Jack Latvala now supports a measure that would prohibit employment, retail and other discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to a Tuesday news release.

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Daytona Beach News Journal: Volusia’s Beach Safety Ocean Rescue named best in state for 2015

The honor was bestowed by the Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs Association, which chose the winner among a field of 36 agencies in the state, Ocean Rescue Capt. Tammy Marris said Tuesday.

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ABC News: Florida Deputy Pleads Not Guilty in Air Rifle Shooting Death

Florida deputy who fatally shot a man carrying only an air rifle pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a manslaughter charge, and his attorney predicted no jury would convict a police officer who acted with force in such circumstances.

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Orlando Business Journal: Here’s how many banks operating in Florida made no small business 7(a) loans in 2015

Small businesses are a huge part of Florida’s economy, at more than 2 million companies strong that employ more than 40 percent of the state’s private workforce.

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POLITICO: Rick Scott gushes over Donald Trump in op-ed

Gov. Rick Scott issued a non-endorsement endorsement of Donald Trump by penning a Wednesday op-ed in USA Today in which he lauded the GOP presidential frontrunner for bucking the Republican “establishment.”

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POLITICO: Scott makes $1.5M ad buy headed into session

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s political committee is purchasing $1.5 million in statewide ad time headed into the 2016 legislative session, in order to pressure lawmakers to pass his top policy priorities.

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