In The News Today – November 10, 2015

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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The National Note:  FBI Should Probe Florida’s Mental Hospitals

the U.S. Justice Department should begin investigating abuses in Florida’s mental hospitals, just as it is investigating guard thuggery in the state’s prisons, where more than 340 inmates died last year.

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Washington Post:  Scott Walker is a diminished figure — except in the state he governs

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush — who, unlike Walker, is still a candidate for … by ending collective bargaining for most public employees.

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WLTV: Dozens of La. judges spend public money at luxury resorts

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Florida’s gulf coast features tennis courts, swimming pools, four golf courses and more than 20 restaurants.

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WINK News: Trailer company accused of taking thousands, state investigates

The state Attorney General’s office is investigating a trailer company that WINK News Call for Action found took more than $147,000 from customers and never delivered the product they ordered.

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TBO: St. Pete close to offering rental bicycles downtown

Amid the trolleys, buses, cars and taxis that clog downtown Central Avenue and nearby streets, the city is about to add a new mode of transportation — bicycles.

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News Journal: Gomillion selected as new SRC administrator

After narrowing down more than 50 applicants for Santa Rosa County’s top governmental staff position, county commissioners unanimously selected Tony Gomillion on Monday as the first new county administrator in two decades.

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SPB: ‘Climate change’ kerfuffle results in secret settlement with DEP

The state’s Department of Environmental Protection and its employee who said he was punished for using the term “climate change” earlier this year quietly worked out a “separation settlement agreement” in May.

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CBS 12: College owner pleads guilty to illegal contributions

The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/zoIJvz) reports that Ernesto Perez pleaded guilty Monday. He will avoid prison time under a plea agreement, but he must serve two months of house arrest, along with three years of probation. He must also pay $200,000 in fines and donations.

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My Palm Beach Post:  Cerabino: Cracker Barrel case shows why restaurants want no-gun rule

Going for a meal at a roadside Cracker Barrel restaurant isn’t supposed to be life threatening.

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Miami Herald: All Aboard Florida unveils trains, new name for Miami-Orlando service

All Aboard Florida, the speedy new passenger-train service scheduled to begin operations between Miami and Orlando in 2017, unveiled some of its new trains Monday, and then promised an immediate upgrade — from eight inches long to about 80 feet.

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Sun Sentinel: Wawa plans 120 stores in South Florida

The popular convenience store chain announced Monday that it plans 120 or more stores in South Florida between 2017 and 2022. The first ones will open in Palm Beach and Broward counties, with Miami-Dade County to follow in 2018.

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Bradenton Herald: Florida redistricting impasse leads to more finger-pointing

Who is to blame for the latest legislative impasse over redistricting?

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WINK News:  249 people were shot by Florida authorities in 2013, 2014

A newspaper has reported that Florida law enforcement agencies shot people an average of once every three days in 2013 and 2014.

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Washington Times: Supreme Court to consider changes to Florida’s political map

A long-running legal battle over the fate of Florida’s political landscape is going back before the state Supreme Court.

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Miami Herald: Leader of Democrats in Florida Senate pushes for 68% pay hike for lawmakers

The bill proposed by state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa, the highest ranking Democrat in the Florida Legislature, would jump most state lawmakers’ pay 68 percent from $29,697 a year to $50,000 starting on July 1, 2017.

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DPR: Billionaire Bloomberg attacks Fla. AG Pam Bondi, other AGs over opposing EPA regulations

Michael Bloomberg wasn’t able to flip the Virginia Legislature last week, despite spending more than $2.4 million pushing gun control measures.

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