In The News Today – May 23, 2016

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CBS  Battleground Tracker Poll: Ohio and Florida show tight races

Quadrennial battlegrounds Ohio and Florida start off as close races as the general election looms, helping describe a 2016 presidential race that looks to be very competitive.

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ABC: Florida Police Say Officer Shot Man After Car Chase

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief Chris Butler told local media outlets that police spotted the man driving a car Sunday night that had been used in a shooting in April. Butler says the driver refused to stop.

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WTSP: Sunday Conversation: The state of Zika in Florida

The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with the Zika virus is now 157–up from 48 last week.

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Tampa Bay Times: PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking claim that Amendment 2 will bring more pot shops than Walmarts and Walgreens Opponents of Florida’s medical marijuana amendment have fired up a new round of attacks, claiming there will be a dispensary on practically every corner if voters approve the initiative.

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CBS: Florida Brewery Creates Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Life

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (WJZ)—A brewery in Florida is taking an innovative approach to protecting wildlife with six pack rings that feed the animals.

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Insurance Journal: Florida Construction Company Owner Nabbed in Workers’ Comp Fraud Scheme

Raimundo Hernandez-Argueta, owner of Naples construction company Complete Framing Professionals (CFP), was arrested following a joint investigation by the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Division of Insurance Fraud and Division of Workers’ Compensation. Hernandez faces fraud charges for allegedly misrepresenting information regarding CFP’s employee operations and payroll when applying for a workers’ compensation policy.

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Newsweek: FLORIDA CHALLENGER RAKES IN DONATIONS FROM DNC PROBLEMS

It’s been a bad week for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and a pretty great one for her opponent, Tim Canova, whose name you might not even know, if not for the controversy encircling the chair of the Democratic National Committee.

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ABC: Police Fatally Shoot Alleged Florida Car Burglar

A Hallandale Beach police officer fatally shot a man they said tried to flee from authorities while they were investigating reports of car burglaries.

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News 4 JAX: New autopsy finds Michelle O’Connell’s death a homicide

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A third autopsy of a 24-year-old woman killed with her boyfriend’s gun nearly six years ago brings new hope to Michelle O’Connell’s family, which has fought for years to prove her death was not a suicide.

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Tampa Bay Times: Adjunct professors at HCC to vote on joining a union

TAMPA — If they succeed, part-time adjunct professors at Hillsborough Community College will be the first of their kind to unionize in Florida.

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Ocala Star Banner: Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair indicted for perjury; interim sheriff appointed

A grand jury has indicted Sheriff Chris Blair on two counts of perjury in an official proceeding and one count of official misconduct in connection with a broad investigation of his agency and its deputies.

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Utility Dive: Florida Supreme Court strikes down FPL’s gas drilling investments

In a decision written by Justice Ricky Polston, the court determined state regulators had overstepped in approving FPL’s plan to hedge fuel costs.

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