In The News Today – March 28, 2016

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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Miami Herald: Opa-locka’s ‘shadow’ force moves millions in city contracts

When the builder of a community center desperately needed to get paid nearly $1 million from Opa-locka, he received a call from the city’s most influential power broker

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Orlando Sentinel: Orange schools hide names of disciplined employees

If your child’s teacher is punished in Orange County because he broke the law or district policies, don’t expect to hear school leaders discuss it or to find that information on the district’s website.

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News-Press: Lee Memorial: From wood-framed hospital to health care giant

The boxes tucked away in a Lee Memorial Health System office building are sorted and stacked by decade, each containing a treasure trove of history about one of Lee County’s most enduring institutions.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Our opinion: Gov. Scott rightly signed needle exchange bill

It’s taken four legislative sessions and some serious compromising, but Florida finally has a very limited, tightly controlled needle-exchange program to combat the spread of HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases.

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St. Augustine Record: School-Related Employee of the Year named

Rick Testasecca, a paraprofessional at St. Johns Technical High School, has been named the St. Johns County School District’s 2015-16 School-Related Employee of the Year.

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Villa Voice: Spirit Airlines Incorporated (SAVE) Shares Bought by Olstein Capital Management L.P.

State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns … Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its …

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Healio: Parts of Florida, Texas face greatest risk for Zika virus

Researchers determined that cities in southern Florida and impoverished areas of southern Texas are more susceptible to local outbreaks of Zika virus than anywhere else in the United States due to climate, a strong potential for travel-related virus introduction and other factors.

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Washington Times: Newspaper: Visit Florida’s spending wrapped in secrecy

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Taxpayers have paid thousands of dollars for Chinese and other foreign journalists to vacation in the Keys and unknown amounts of money on secret contracts for celebrities, race car drivers and soccer teams to promote the Sunshine State.

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Sarasota Patch: HIV Spike Erased: Florida Says Standard Adjustment

TALLAHASSEE, FL — After receiving criticism in the press for alleged tweaking of data related to the number of new HIV cases in the state, the Florida Department of Health fired back Saturday evening with a rebuttal.

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Orlando Sentinel: From ping-pong balls to plows, Florida firefighters fight wildfires many ways

Amid the orange groves of Lake Wales State Park, a gaggle of firefighters shot what looked like fiery ping-pong balls down from a helicopter at 2,000 acres of Polk County wild land.

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WJXT: Cases of TB in Florida are declining

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida health officials say they are reducing the number of cases of tuberculosis thanks to new technologies.

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New York Times: Florida Governor Signs Law to Cut Funding for Abortion Clinics

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida signed a law on Friday that cut state funding to clinics that perform abortions.

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