NBCIn The News Today – November 20, 2015

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 Miami Herald:  Plan to allow guns on college campuses goes to full Florida House

A controversial plan, backed by the National Rifle Association, that would allow guns on 40 public college and university campuses statewide is ready for Florida’s 120 House members to vote on when they begin their 2016 session in January.

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Statter 911:  Did you know structure fires in Florida don’t burn like they do in other states?

Did you know buildings burn differently in Florida than they do elsewhere? It could be because of all that sunshine and orange juice. Or, more likely, it’s because of all the BS produced by the lobbyist for the Florida League of Cities. Bullshit must be a more effective fire suppressant than residential sprinklers.

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NBC 2 News:  Gov. Scott speaks with NBC2 about Syrian refugees

Gov. Rick Scott was in Bonita Springs to be honored by the Boy Scouts of America, but had the chance to speak with NBC2 exclusively about his take on the refugee program.

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WFTV: 7th former Casselberry employee sues ex-police chief, city

Attorneys were given the green light Thursday to bring the new claims against former police Chief Bill McNeil to court in the next 10 days.

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Washington Examiner: What’s the matter with GOP governors?

The first three Republicans to exit the presidential race were governors. Among them, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a conservative hero for taking on the public employee unions and originally predicted to be a finalist for the 2016 nomination; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a one-time rising GOP star who led his state’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina; and Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who presided over the best economy in America amid the Great Recession.

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Central Florida Future: UCF Board of Trustees approves hotel, Aramark deal

The campus boutique hotel, next year’s tuition and fees, and the proposed Aramark deal that would provide funding to expand the Student Union were hot topics at the UCF Board of Trustees meeting Thursday afternoon at NorthView.

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SKIFT:  New Florida High-Speed Train Line Tries to Get Travelers Out of Cars

Brightline, which is set to begin operating in mid-2017, will unite Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach on existing railroad lines snaking down Florida’s eastern coast. New, state-of-the-art stations are being designed and built in each city, as well.

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Sun Sentinel: Florida marks record tourism in third quarter

Record tourism in the third quarter is helping to propel Florida closer to its goal of 100 million visitors annually.

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Emergency Management: Florida Flood Preparations Slammed in National Report

Florida received a failing grade on its long-term preparations for coastal flooding, in a study released Wednesday that assessed how well the 50 states were gearing up for the impact of climate change.

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NYU Magazine:  Florida Mayor Pays $4,000 Fine in Loose Change

Everyone floats the idea of paying an unreasonable fine in the smallest denomination possible, but that’s all talk, right?

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NBC 2 News:  Florida lawmakers aim to set immigration precedent

Republican legislators are pushing a series of bills aimed at cracking down on undocumented immigrants now that many of them have given up on the feds addressing immigration.

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Tampa Bay Times:  Best high schools in Florida? U.S. News & World Report offers its rankings

Fewer than a dozen Tampa Bay area public high schools showed up in U.S. News & World Report’s2015 rankings of the best Florida high schools, with Plant High in Tampa leading the pack at No. 17.

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POLITICO: Final map plans filed ahead of redistricting hearing

Both sides of a long-running legal battle over state Senate maps submitted proposals to a Leon County circuit court on Wednesday, all but assuring the final sticking point will be a familiar one: Hispanic voters.

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My Palm Beach Post: State lawmakers file legislation to combat skimmers at gas pumps

Legislation to protect consumers from “skimmers” — devices that steal credit card information — at gas pumps and to combat fraud at gas stations has been filed with the Florida Legislature, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Thursday.

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