In The News Today – May 16, 2016

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Tampa Bay Times:  Pinellas moving fast to replace teachers in troubled schools

To help fill spots, the district held its first job fair for “turnaround” schools. More than 150 people turned out for the event at Maximo last week. Of those, 26 were recommended for hire.

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WPLG: Fentanyl laced heroin fuels new synthetic drug epidemic in South Florida

MIAMI – Julia Cannon is five months into her recovery from heroin and can still remember seeking out dealers whose product had a deadly record.

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Orlando Sentinel: Orange, Osceola, Seminole: Lots of female judges

In the early 1990s when Circuit Judge Alice Blackwell tried to walk through the judge’s entrance to the Orange County Courthouse with a group of other judges after lunch, deputies would stop her.

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Daytona Beach News Journal: Volusia, Flagler rape-kit backlog gone

Law enforcement agencies in Volusia and Flagler counties have ended the backlog of untested rape kits they had in January.

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Orlando Sentinel: Home prices slip — even as housing market tightens

Just when median home prices in the core Orlando market seemed poised to break the $200,000 mark, they slipped slightly in April.

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WFLA:  Citizen-scientists: Uncle Sam wants you to fight Zika

MIAMI (AP) — The mosquitoes that can spread Zika are already buzzing among us. The U.S. government could use some help figuring out exactly where.

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Tallahassee Democrat:  The cost of violent crime: City to consider Cure Violence

A panel of community leaders, ready to recommend the city fund a program to address rising violent crime, says Tallahassee’s turbulence doesn’t stem from a gang problem.

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Network World: Washington nudges Verizon, striking unions back to bargaining table

Representing a rare hopeful sign in what is now an acrimonious month-long work stoppage, Verizon management and some 40,000 striking employees have agreed to return to the bargaining table tomorrow after the weekend intervention of U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez.

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WSWS: Tampa, Florida area police operate as guardians of Walmart’s profits

A special investigative report performed by the Tampa Bay Times and published in their Sunday newspaper this week provides details on the extent to which police departments in the Tampa, Florida area have become an effective private security force for retail giant Walmart.

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NorthEast Escambia:  Learn About Escambia Emergency Medical Services During EMS Week

This week, Escambia County is celebrating National EMS Week. The week honors emergency medical service professions for their dedication to public service and raises awareness about the many services, resources and programs available to Escambia County citizens offered by their local EMS staff. This year’s theme is “EMS Strong.

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WPLG: 2 Miami-Dade County employees accused of stealing from poverty program

MIAMI – Two Miami-Dade County employees were charged Friday with stealing from a program that is intended to help low-income individuals with paying their energy bills, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rudle said.

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Pslm Beach Post: Police: Former Gardens High accountant stole money from school

A Palm Beach County School District employee, once the treasurer at Palm Beach Gardens High School, is accused of spending thousands in unauthorized purchases on a school-issued credit card, school district police say.

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