In The News Today – May 20, 2016

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Inside Higher Ed:  Tension at the Top

It’s an important time for community colleges, yet a number of conflicts between boards and presidents in the two-year sector have stoked fears about who will lead the colleges.

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News-Press: LCEC approves new construction fee policy

The Lee County Electric Cooperative will have new policies regarding certain construction fees in July, ignoring a request to delay the changes until a review by the city of Cape Coral.

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GT: 4 Issues Government Should Consider Before Chasing the Cloud

How well do you know the cloud?  What are the roles and responsibilities of the companies that provide cloud services? What part does the state or local government IT organization play when it comes to cloud technology? These questions and others were at the center of a panel discussion at the Florida Digital Government Summit held May 12 in Tallahassee.

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Naples News Daily:  Rep. Curt Clawson says he won’t seek re-election

Rep. Curt Clawson won’t seek re-election to his 19th District seat, saying he wants to spend more time in Southwest Florida with his ailing father.

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WINK News: Cape Coral mayor details threats from ex-boyfriend, city employee

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Cape Coral mayor Marni Sawicki said she felt threatened and afraid in court documents she filed to place a restraining order on her ex-boyfriend, a city employee.

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WSWS: A pittance for Zika, $600 billion for the Pentagon

As the virus continues to spread, however, the US House voted on Wednesday to approve a $602 billion defense policy bill for the fiscal year beginning October to fund the US military. The bill must be reconciled with a version the Senate is expected to consider by the end of May.

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Southern Poverty Law Center: FLORIDA COUNTY DENIES EDUCATION TO IMMIGRANT KIDS, SPARKS SPLC LAWSUIT

When families attempted to enroll their children at Immokalee High School, administrators said they were only eligible to attend Immokalee Technical Center (ITech) for an adult English language class with no instruction in basic subjects, according to the federal lawsuit. At ITech, these students cannot participate in any of the high school’s academic enrichment or extracurricular activities. They are completely segregated from their English-speaking peers.

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Florida Politics: JACKSONVILLE BOLD FOR 5.20.16 – WILL VOTERS PUNISH ANGELA COREY AND MATT SHIRK FOR CLOSING PRIMARIES?

One of the unique features of the Extensive Enterprises media empire: a propensity to interview long shot candidates, particularly in coverage of Northeast Florida.

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Pension & Investments:  Glencore shareholders vote in favor of climate-change risk reporting

Glencore PLC shareholders voted 99.96% in favor of a shareholder resolution co-sponsored by the $290.4 billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System, Sacramento, calling for the production and commodities trading company to report on environmental risks and opportunities associated with climate change, according to proxy-voting results released by the company about its annual meeting Thursday.

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New York Post: Man-eating crocodiles found in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Burmese python might have to step aside: It’s possible the animal is no longer Florida’s scariest invasive species. Researchers have confirmed that three Nile crocodiles were captured near Miami, and they more of the man-eating reptiles could still be out there, although no one can say for sure.

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ABC: Protests After Sheriff Calls Drowned Florida Teens ‘Criminal’

Two months after three teen girls drove to their deaths in a St. Petersburg, Florida pond following a police chase, activists are picketing outside the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to protest the department’s comments about the deceased girls.

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WYSP: Florida anti-pot group calls Amendment 2 gateway measure

The group opposing an effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida has officially entered the 2016 fray with a new video that takes aims at what it claims are lax medical marijuana rules … in California.

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ABC: Florida Police Officer Kills Man During Confrontation

The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/ghKzyw) reports that the shooting occurred Thursday afternoon.

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Florida Times-Union: Feds: State Rep. Reggie Fullwood defrauded donors, state elections office

State Rep. Reggie Fullwood meant to cheat campaign supporters as well as Florida’s elections agency, a federal prosecutor argued Thursday in answering a magistrate’s question about fraud charges against Fullwood.

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