In The News Today – June 8, 2016

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Sun Sentinel:  Enterprise Florida’s top job: Accountability

Enterprise Florida is a mess. Imagine how much more of a mess it would have been with another quarter-billion dollars from the public.

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POLITICO: Court hears appeal in Rivera ethics case

TALLAHASSEE — Former state Rep. David Rivera’s ongoing legal saga spilled into a Tallahassee appeals court Tuesday, as his attorney continued to argue he should not have to pay nearly $60,000 tied to taxpayer-funded reimbursements to his campaign account.

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Florida Today: Details emerge in principal’s child porn arrest

Spessard Holland Elementary School Principal Ricky Sheppard had photos of students on his home computer alongside downloaded child pornography movies.

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Public News Service: Another FL Community Looks to “Ban The Box” on Job Applications

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The difficult task of finding a job is all the more challenging for those who have interacted with the criminal-justice system, which is why people in one Florida community hope to “Ban the Box” on job applications.

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Florida Weekly: Overtime shift

IN LESS THAN SIX MONTHS, EVERYthing in the American workplace will change for employers and millions of salaried workers who will be bound by new federal wage laws.

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Rick’s Blog: Chamber plans to fight workers’ compensation coverage increase

The Greater Pensacola Chamber announced today that it will fight the spike in workers’ compensation rates that will take place this summer. As a result of a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling, workers’ compensation rates in Florida are scheduled to rise by 17.1 percent on August 1.

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Florida Politics: LENNY CURRY AT FIRST PENSION TAX TOWNHALL: ‘WE’VE GOT ONE SHOT AT THIS’

On Tuesday, in the atrium of Jacksonville’s City Hall, Mayor Lenny Curry held the first of 10 town hall meetings with city employees over the next couple of months, with the aim of selling the pension tax referendum, which he called “one of the most important votes Jacksonville has faced in its consolidated history.”

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WGCU: Business Brief: More Workers Might Fight Denied Workers’ Comp Claims Under Ruling

Florida business groups are scrambling to fight back against a recent state Supreme Court ruling they say could cost business owners hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Washington Post: Mourning a Florida we lost long ago

Standing on my hotel balcony in the pre-dawn hours, I gaze out over several dimly illuminated swimming pools abutting a small man-made lake and a golf course.

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SNOPES: Sea Lice

ORIGIN:In June 2016, popular posts on social media claimed that “sea lice” had invaded beaches in Florida. As the term “sea lice” is not widespread, especially among social media users residing in the northern states, these messages were viewed with skepticism. However, these posts stemmed from genuine news articles:

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MSNBC: ‘Trump U’ scandal gets worse for Florida’s AG

The details surrounding “Trump University” and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) already painted an unflattering picture. We learned last week that Bondi briefly considered joining a multi-state suit against the controversial “school,” but the Florida Republican dropped the investigation after the Trump Foundation made a $25,000 contribution towards Bondi’s re-election.

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The Street:  Here’s How Florida’s Hard-Fought Elections Will Mean Big Profit for Broadcasters

The last time elections were so hot in Florida, it was Bush vs. Gore (on the ballot and in court) and we all learned a lot about what a “hanging chad” was. In 2016, the sunshine state is looking again to be at the center of the political world, with an open Senate seat, several hotly contested House of Representatives races and an important role to play in the presidential election.

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Orlando Sentinel: Florida leads nation in toll roads

Florida has 719 miles of toll roads crisscrossing the state — the most in the nation, according to federal data.

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