In The News Today – May 9, 2016

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Daytona News Journal:  Despite rough year, Florida pension system looks strong

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s $143 billion pension fund has been on a “circular roller coaster ride” this year, which could result in the first year of a negative return since the fund plummeted 19 percent in 2009.

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Palm Beach Post: Smart meters help FPL catch more electricity thieves

Electricity theft is a major problem throughout the world, and in the U.S., industry estimates place energy theft losses at $6 billion a year. In some countries, such as Poland, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, in an effort to combat the problem, customers are issued pre-paid meters or have to insert tokens or key cards to purchase power.

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Business Insurance:  Alternatives to workers comp evolve

Despite a constitutional challenge to Oklahoma’s opt-out law and that similar legislation has been put on hold in Tennessee and South Carolina, some experts are warming to the idea of responsible alternatives to state workers compensation systems.

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WPLG: Nearly 40 South Florida schools receive ‘unsatisfactory’ on health inspection

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Local 10 News has learned that close to 40 South Florida schools received an “unsatisfactory” on a Department of Health food service inspection since the beginning of this year.

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BBC: Invictus Games: Prince Harry opens Florida event

Prince Harry has opened the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, calling the five-day event “a showcase for the very best of the human spirit”.

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Press Telegram: Florida’s not the problem, it’s the state’s governor

Our recent column about Gov. Rick Scott’s trade mission to California, in which the horrible little man tried to lure Golden State businesses to his Florida with the promise of legalized sub-subsistence pay for workers, got hijacked by the news site tampabay.com and Miami (actually, Tampa posted it first, then Miami snatched it from Tampa:

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Daytona News Journal: Trump faces long odds in Florida

Donald Trump may have secured the Republican presidential nomination, but the challenges facing his campaign are just beginning, especially in the critical swing state of Florida where there are grim signs for his general election prospects.

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WPLG: Lice in Florida schools is a touchy subject

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Jessica Holloman had no clue what awaited her when she spied lice crawling on her daughter’s scalp last year.

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Green Building Elements: Florida Town Aims To Be Greenest Community In America

In southwest Florida, the greenest community in America is under construction. 10 years ago, real estate developer Kitson & Partners purchased a large tract of vacant land ten times the size of Manhattan on the banks of the Coloosahatchie River east of Fort Meyers, Florida.

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Tampa Bay Times: Romano: Is anyone surprised Florida has turned education into a money grab?

When it comes to providing a unique and innovative educational experience, it seems one charter school management company has been more creative than most.

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Florida Politics: NEW POLL: DUVAL RESIDENTS SUPPORT LENNY CURRY’S PENSION TAX, HRO EXPANSION

A new survey shows Duval residents’ support for the pension tax referendum and for expansion of the Human Rights Ordinance.

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WEAR: School district searching for new educators

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — The Escambia County School District is hoping to get more teachers in the classroom by holding an invitation-only hiring event Saturday.

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WCTV: Tampa Police Officer Dies After Motorcycle Crash

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A 20-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department has died following an off-duty motorcycle crash.

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News 4 JAX:  Gunmen kill 8 police officers in Egypt

Four gunmen killed eight police officers dressed in plainclothes south of Cairo on Sunday, authorities said.

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News 4 JAX:  Deputy recovering after rollover crash

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. – A St. Johns County deputy is recovering after a traffic accident that caused his cruiser to roll over. It happened in Ponte Vedra Beach Saturday night.

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WFTV: Orlando officials to vote in push to decriminalize marijuana

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City Council members will vote Monday in the push to decriminalize marijuana.

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