In The News Today – March 22, 2016

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WFLA: Florida teacher bonus program gets more money despite opposition

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Capitol News Service) – A teacher bonus program known as Best and Brightest and almost universally condemned by the state’s education establishment is being continued again next year with even more money.

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CBS: Florida Gov. Scott Names McDougal As Chief Of Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) —  Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed his new chief of staff – Kim McDougal.

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Palm Beach Post: Clinton nearly doubles Sanders in Florida Democratic delegates

TALLAHASSEE — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won almost twice as many Florida delegates as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in last week’s Democratic presidential primary, the Florida Democratic Party announced Monday.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Marlette: Trump making Florida greater

The Sunshine State’s referendum on Donald Trump is official: We bought into the billionaire, big time. The Donald dominated. As POLITICO’s Marc Caputo reported afterwards, “He didn’t just beat Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Florida — the New Yorker and part-time Floridian won by about 19 percentage points and carried 66 of 67 counties.”

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Orlando Sentinel: Orlando home sales drop; Florida’s edge up

Orlando home-sale prices have grown in the last year but not as much as price growth across the state, a new report shows.

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Newsweek: RECORD-BREAKING 16-FOOT PYTHON FOUND IN FLORIDA ALONG WITH 42 OTHERS IN THE SAME COUNTY

SNAKESFLORIDA Researchers have removed 43 Burmese pythons, which together weigh a ton, from a single county in southwest Florida, One of the male pythons that measured nearly 16 feet is the longest on record,according to the Miami Herald.

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CBS: Florida sees spike in Spice synthetic marijuana overdoses

Synthetic marijuana, often called Spice or K2, has sickened several dozen people in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area in recent weeks. Police told CBS affiliate WTSPthat they believe it’s a bad batch.

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Florida Today: Florida Frontiers: Presidents in Florida

The possibility of Florida producing its first U.S. president in the current political season is suspended along with the campaigns of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.

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Florida Times Union: Democrat? Republican? Nope. Youngest voters reject the parties

In Florida, independent voters can’t vote in primaries, and in Florida and in Duval County, the youngest voters are overwhelmingly refusing the Republican and Democratic parties. While about one in four Florida voters are independent, among voters 18 to 22, two out of five reject the major parties.

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The Ledger: Federal judge rules prison gerrymandering unconstitutional

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge ruled on Monday that “prison-based gerrymandering” in the drawing of district maps for county commission and school board seats in Jefferson County is unconstitutional.

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