In The News Today – November 4, 2015

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UF NEWS: UF study: More than half of Florida school districts lack social media policies for teachers

Doctoral candidate Jesse Gates found that only 32 of the state’s 68 school districts have a dedicated social media policy, and none is comprehensive enough to adequately address all the key elements of Florida’s case law concerning public school employees’ use of social media. Gates’ research covered the primary school districts in all of Florida’s 67 counties, plus Florida Virtual School, the state’s Internet-based public K-12 school.


Miami Herald: Dade Medical College owner turns himself in

The humbling ordeal followed the Friday closure of his for-profit college empire. And the subsequent filing of criminal charges that he illegally bundled more than $159,000 in campaign contributions to politicians.


Miami Herald: State crime labs overwhelmed with more than 10,000 untested rape kits

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Tuesday confirmed for the first time there are more than 10,000 untested kits throughout the state — and they’re not done counting. In December, FDLE will make public the full number as part of a $300,000 survey to identify just how big the backlog is.

READ MORE Report: Mixed economic recovery for Northeast Florida nonprofits

From 2006 to 2013, about 73 percent of revenues for small- to mid-size nonprofits came from donors, as compared to the national norm of 13 percent, according to the 2015 State of the Sector report released Tuesday by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida.


Click Orlando: Vacuum salesmen target elderly, low income buyers

The 79-year-old leaves the audio turned off on her TV since she is extremely hard of hearing. She must rely on closed captioning to understand the programs that occupy much of her day.


Florida Today: Guns now allowed in Brevard Government Center in Viera

Brevard County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved revisions to the county’s firearms policy to allow guns in the buildings. Previously, guns were not allowed in those buildings, even if carried by someone with a concealed weapons permit.


NBC 2: Takata fined up to $200 million over deadly airbags

Takata has to pay $70 million of that by 2020. It’ll be required to come up with the other $130 million, if the corporation violates its consent order with the U.S. government or if investigators uncover any more safety violations tied to this recall.


University of California: The research that’s changing U.S. food policy

When education officials were considering banning the sale of sodas, chips and candy in California’s K-12 schools, they called in UC Berkeley researchers to analyze the financial implications. Could schools afford to limit these lucrative items?


My Palm Beach Post: Commission debates, then tables, controversial immigration resolution

After an extended, at times angry, debate Tuesday night, Palm Beach County commissioners voted 5-2 to indefinitely table a controversial resolution that would have lent support to a pair of executive orders issued by President Barack Obama on immigration. The resolution would also have asked Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to withdraw the state’s support for a lawsuit seeking to block the president’s orders.


Tampa Buy Times: New magnets out, but existing programs to expand in Pasco schools

Instead, the School District is looking to transform some existing offerings, such as AVID college preparatory programs, into magnets for 2016-17. Already open to choice, these programs primarily serve students within their own zones.


IB Times: Pitbull As Florida Ambassador? Miami Rapper A Contrast To Wholesome Orlando, And Some Floridians Say No Thanks

Mary-Ellen Miller has lived near Walt Disney World for the past 13 years, so when she learned recently that Miami rapper Pitbull is poised to become an official tourism ambassador for the entire state of Florida, she had a lot of thoughts on the topic, not all of them positive.


Washington Post: Florida eighth-grader gets detention for hugging a friend

The cheerful, curly-haired eighth-grader’s undoing came when she learned that a male friend was having a bad day. As consolation, Ella put her arms around him in a hug.


TBO: Divided Florida House passes new Senate map

Rushing to meet a looming deadline, the Republican-controlled Florida House on Tuesday passed a new map that sets boundaries for the state’s 40 Senate districts.


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