In The News Today – March 30, 2016

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ABC:  Lightning Strike Injures 3 South Florida Firefighters

Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services Assistant Chief Michael LaSalle told The Palm Beach Post ( the firefighters were responding to a backyard fire sparked by lightning Tuesday afternoon when another strike occurred.


NY Daily News: Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants Yale University to ditch Connecticut for the Sunshine State

The Florida governor said Tuesday that “it is clear” that one of the country’s oldest Ivy League universities should abandon its tax-burdened Connecticut home and move down to the Sunshine State to join all the retirees and the people who make all the Florida memes possible.


Sun Sentinel:  Open shades on Visit Florida’s spending

How’s this for ironic? Florida’s lead agency for promoting travel to the Sunshine State insists on conducting business in the shadows.


WFLA: Man finds Florida panther on dad’s porch

LEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Phil Hendra was at his father’s East Fort Myers house on March 18 when he saw this Florida panther on the porch.


WUFT: Florida Certifies Elections In ‘Historic’ March 15 Turnout

Gov. Rick Scott and other members of the state Elections Canvassing Commission on Tuesday formally certified the results of the March 15 presidential primary elections won by Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.


WUFT: Florida’s Veterans’ Affairs Chief To Step Down

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Mike Prendergast told Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday that he is resigning to run for Citrus County sheriff.


WFLA: Florida Republicans start selecting delegates

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s a big day for Florida Republicans as counties across the state began selecting their delegates.


The Washington Times: Central Florida mayor suspended by governor

EATONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Gov. Rick Scott has suspended a central Florida mayor, a day after he was indicted on charges of violating voter laws using absentee ballots.


South Florida Business Journal: Florida less federally dependent than most states, but just barely

Although it comes as no surprise to those who pay attention to state government, Florida is less federally dependent than most other states, according to a new study released Tuesday by WalletHub. But only barely.


ISA Today: When a reporter becomes the story, everybody loses

Donald Trump’s campaign manager was charged with battery Tuesday for allegedly assaulting a female reporter. Trump supports him 100%. Tremendous. Explain: Former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields tried to ask Trump a question at an event this month when she said Corey Lewandowski grabbed her arm.


WTSP: Wounded Warrior Project founder questions board on social media

ACKSONVILLE, Fla.- One of the founders of the Jacksonville-based Wounded Warrior Project has taken to social media to question members of the group’s Board of Directors after two top executives of the group were forced out after questions about lavish spending.


Slate: Public Sector Unions Just Dodged a Major Bullet at the Supreme Court

In a closely watched case that might have spelled the demise of public sector unions, an equally divided Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it had reached no decision, meaning that the judgment of the court below was affirmed. The court below—the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals—had ruled in favor of the unions in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, No. 14-915, in an appeal filed by nonunion public sector workers who objected to paying fees to unions basically for collective bargaining efforts taken on their behalf. So what you just heard was the sound of public sector unions around the country dodging a bullet.


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