In The News Today – November 24, 2015

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Herald Leader: Florida Gov. Scott’s budget: Tax cuts, more for schools

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, surrounded by rows of machines and dozens of manufacturing employees, on Monday announced a nearly $79.3 billion spending plan for the coming year that is heavy on tax cuts and help for businesses.

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Washington Post:  Airport workers hope to get Thanksgiving travelers’ attention

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year, workers at 15 major U.S. airports are planning a day of fasting, vigils and rallies, aiming to galvanize the traveling public’s support for their fight for better wages.

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TBO: Florida GOP targets state retirement system

Florida Republicans once again are taking aim at the Florida Retirement System, arguing taxpayers can save billions of dollars by closing the huge public employee pension program to new members and offering them a 401(k)-style investment plan.

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Computerworld:  Two dozen Disney IT workers prepare to sue over foreign replacements

At least 23 former Disney IT workers have filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over the loss of their jobs to foreign replacements. This federal filing is a first step to filing a lawsuit alleging discrimination.

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WESH:  Few local hospitals have metal detectors, officials say

According to a study produced last year by the International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation, only a third, or 33 percent of hospitals nationwide use metal detectors. Many, like Orlando Regional Medical Center, rely on signs warning patients not to bring guns into the building. WESH 2 News did not find any signs at Florida Hospital Orlando.

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South Florida Business Journal:  Magic Leap envisions $9M in public incentives for new jobs

The Plantation City Council approved its portion of the incentive package for “Project Blaze” on Nov. 4, with additional votes to come in Broward County plus a final decision by state officials.

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Advocate: What’s next for Florida Parishes juvenile detention center after property tax renewal’s stunning failure?

The stunning, across-the-board failure of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice District’s property tax renewal on Saturday leaves the district with few options for keeping open the doors of the north shore’s only juvenile detention center.

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My Palm Beach Post: Editorial: PB County sets example by delaying convict query on hiring

Props to the Palm Beach County government for banning the box — the box on job applications where you check off the answer to: Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

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Space Coast Daily: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office 2015 Crime Rate Continues To Decline

According to the report, during the first six months of 2015, the Crime Rate relating to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office continues to decrease.

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WPEC: Authorities: Officer shoots man who spooked bank employees

Authorities say a Florida police officer shot and wounded a man who spooked bank employees by acting suspiciously.

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WFLA: School nurse victim of apparent murder-suicide at Florida Hospital

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide shooting that occurred just after 7 a.m. Monday morning inside the Tampa location of Florida Hospital.

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Tampa Bay Times: Florida job growth favorable compared to other states, though income still lags

While Florida’s jobless rate in October again fell, this time to a 7-year low of 5.1 percent, it remains a shade higher than the nation’s 5.0 percent rate. And it is still higher than the unemployment rates in 26 other states, including eight states with rates under 4 percent, and an additional two with rates under 3 percent.

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News-Press: What are Florida’s best cities for families?

Not to keep you in suspense: out of the 115 cities in WalletHub’s “2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Florida Families, Parkland is rated the number one overall family friendly city in Florida.

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Sunshine State News: New Bill Would Make Commissioner of Education Elected Position Once More

Florida’s Commissioner of Education could become an elected position rather than an appointed one if a new bill passes through the Florida Legislature this year. The joint proposal, filed by Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, and Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, would have several implications for the state’s highest elected official, and would drastically change the makeup of the Florida Cabinet.

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Florida Politics: STATE REPORT ON CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE LAWS IN FLORIDA SUGGESTS REFORMS ARE NEEDED

There’s been an increasing rise in reforming civil asset forfeiture laws around the country, with conservatives and libertarians (such as the Cato Institute) leading the cause in many cases.

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