In The News Today – November 12, 2015

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Miami Herald:  Fred Grimm: Ladies and gentleman, Florida’s conservation award goes to . . . who?

Spoiler alert. I’ve got the inside word on who’s getting that special conservationist award from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

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Tallahassee Democrat: Florida lawmakers not listening on campus carry bill

Florida lawmakers should be ashamed of their lack of responsiveness to the concerns of constituents. Despite firm and vocal opposition from every major stakeholder group in Florida higher education, the campus carry bill continues to move swiftly through the Florida House of Representatives….

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NPR: Ohio Plane Crash Victims Included 7 Employees Of A Florida Real Estate Firm

Seven employees of a Florida real estate firm were among those who died when their small plane crashed into an Ohio apartment building Tuesday, the firm said today.

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BGR: Florida cop shows up drunk to an anti-drunk driving conference

The state of Florida, for whatever reason, seems to produce a disproportionate number of utterly bizarre stories that would easily have you believe society is devolving far too quickly. Florida’s penchant for the absurd is so acute that it’s even spawned a popular twitter account, aptly titled Florida Man, that solely aggregates crazy news stories that begin with those magical two words, “Florida man…”.

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New Times: FLORIDA STILL RANKS THIRD FOR THOSE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE

Before President Obama’s Affordable Care Act was passed, Florida had one of the highest rates of people living without health insurance. Now, five years after the launch of Obamacare, Florida still ranks third in the nation for those uninsured. The good news, however, is that means there are fewer uninsured Floridians.

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Orlando Sentinel: UCF series to focus on future of filmmaking, TV production in Florida

UCF’s “Flickering Landscapes” conference will focus on Florida’s rich film and television history through the lens of popular culture this weekend in Orlando.

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WCTV:  Walk of Honor Unveiled to Honor Florida Veterans

It was eight years in the making. The Walk of Honor at the Florida Capitol was unveiled Wednesday.

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NY Daily News: SEE IT: Florida police officer faces charges after argument with wounded vet over parking space — GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

A Florida police officer faces misdemeanor charges after a heated confrontation with a wounded combat veteran.

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Tallahassee Democrat:  Even by Florida standards, this election year is weird

Every election year is different, if only by degree of weirdness in a state where weird is the norm, but 2016 will be like nothing Florida has ever seen….

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Jacksonville.com:  Petition aims at putting Medicaid expansion in Florida to a vote in the 2016 presidential election

The political action committee Florida Health Solutions launched a petition drive this week to get a constitutional amendment supporting Medicaid expansion onto the Florida ballot in 2016.

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TBO:  Sunshine State’s twin solar power initiatives could get confusing

If you’re approached by a signature-gatherer advocating solar power in the coming months, pay attention to what you’re signing

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POLITICO:  With budget fight looming, Scott health commission shows little progress

Gov. Rick Scott has engaged for the past several months in a running public relations battle with the state’s hospitals, after a health care funding fight nearly derailed the 2015 session of the Florida Legislature. And thanks to the power of his highly public position, he’s been winning.

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