In The News Today – July 3, 2016

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NBC:  Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Saves Cat Trapped Inside Car Engine at Gas Station

Members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were the heroes for one cat on Miami Beach in the morning hours of Friday.

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TCPalm: Gil Smart: Gov. Scott, you’ve got an insurrection on your hands

I’m not talking about the discharges from Lake Okeechobee that have fouled our waterways with algae, closed our beaches, harmed our businesses and maybe our health. You know about this; I’m sure you’ve seen reams of statistics and been briefed on the science of what’s happening.

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Naples Daily News: Exclusive: Enterprise Florida executive pay increased 75 percent in six years

TALLAHASSEE — Leaders of Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic partnership under scrutiny for overspending, increased their executive payroll by $600,000, or 75 percent, over six years, while only adding two employees, according to salary information obtained by the Naples Daily News.

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ABC: LGBT Gun Group Membership Spikes After Florida Shooting

Memberships have more than doubled in a national LGBT pro-gun rights organization since a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 49 people.

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Huffington Post: Florida’s Abortion Law is Grounded

This past week saw a seismic shift in the momentous debate surrounding pro-life and abortion rights activists, notably due to the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. Within a couple of days of that decision came one by federal judge Robert Hinkle of the federal court in Tallahassee, Florida inPlanned Parenthood v. Philip. First, Hellerstedt.

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Tallahassee Democrat: PBA wants a DOC vote

The Florida Police Benevolent Association announced it has the signatures needed to force an election to reclaim the Department of Corrections. The PBA has petitioned the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission to hold a vote to determine whether it or the Brotherhood of Teamsters has the exclusive rights to represent DOC’s corrections and parole officers.

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Bradenton Herald: Instead of creating jobs, Enterprise Florida is cutting them

TALLAHASSEE The agency Gov. Rick Scott has prized as an essential job-recruiting tool took major steps in reforming itself Friday.

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Florida Politics: New report suggests ways government efficiency can save Florida taxpayers billions

According to the report, the biggest savings — between $269 million and $448 million a year — would come from the state paying a lower percentage of public employee health insurance premiums.

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FloridA Politics: Takeaways from Tallahassee for 07.02.16 – Of algae blooms and firework booms

Indeed, The Tampa Tribune in 2014 called fireworks sales in Florida an “institutionalized charade,” leading one lawmaker to call for “more freedom (and) less fraud.”

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St. Augustine Record: St. Johns County School Board seeks validation of public records request policy

In the midst of a months-long dispute over public records requests, it would appear the St. Johns County School Board and a correspondent for web-based news site Photography is Not a Crime are in agreement on at least one thing: There is a problem that needs resolving.

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Sun Sentinel: Charter school operator accused of spending funds for students on himself

Trayvon Mitchell promised an innovative, hands-on education for students at the Ivy Academies, two science and technology-focused charter schools he opened in 2013.

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SPB: Florida Chamber warns of increasing worker’s comp rates

A request to increase worker’s compensation insurance rates has now gone up to nearly 20 percent, stoking ire from the state’s business lobby.

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ABC: MANY FLORIDA BEACHES REMAIN CLOSED AFTER GREEN ALGAE BLOOM

The Florida Department of Health says the algae can be poisonous to animals and warns swimmers to beware. Coming into contact with the green slime can cause rashes and blisters, as well as stomach and liver problems.

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WFTV: Crowds flock to first Orlando gun show since Pulse shooting

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Attendance at the Florida Gun Show soared Saturday, and many attendees said the recent Pulse nightclub mass shooting motivated them to show up.

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Tallahassee Democrat: There will be no special session on gun control

Florida legislators are back in their districts, doing whatever they do in the summer – like running for re-election, pursuing some higher offices, tending to their regular jobs or spending time with their families

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