In The News Today – November 17, 2015

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WPLG: Veterans turned away at South Florida store after ‘free’ oil change promise

Meineke Car Care Centers was one of the national chains promising to honor those who have served in the military this Veterans Day with a free oil change. But when local Army veteran Josh Storey went to a participating Meineke store in Lauderhill that morning, he was turned away.

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Florida Bulldog: Ft. Lauderdale police snooped on investigator helping FBI probe police corruption, suit says

The chief investigator for the Broward Public Defender’s Office sued Fort Lauderdale last week alleging that a city policeman impermissibly obtained his driver’s license records while he was helping the FBI investigate police corruption in the city.

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ALTERNET: ‘Poverty Pay’ Leads Walmart Employees to Skip Lunch or Steal it From Co-Workers

Walmart employees are so poor that they are skipping lunch, sharing it or, in some cases, stealing it from their coworkers, some of the company’s workers claimed on Thursday while announcing a fast in protest of the company’s wages.

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FCN:  Public to get a chance to comment on Spaceport Camden Nov. 20

The job of the environmental subcommittee of the Spaceport Camden steering committee is to raise any issues in advance as the FAA begins work on an environmental impact statement on Camden County’s plan to develop a space vehicle launch and landing facility.

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FCIR: BIG ENERGY POURS $1.9 MILLION INTO ANTI-SOLAR GROUP

Utility companies operating in Florida have donated more than $1.9 million to the misleadingly named Consumers for Smart Solar, a political action committee set up to oppose a ballot initiative that would allow for third-party sales of rooftop solar energy.

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Health News Florida: Insurance Advisory Board Wants More Consumer Protections

Florida lawmakers should enact more protections for health-insurance consumers and families of workers in small businesses, a state advisory board says.

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TBN Weekly: Pinellas County steps in to help with wage theft

The decision was unanimous, 6-0, Nov. 10. Employees who don’t get their pay as promised in Pinellas County can get help, starting Jan. 1.

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FCN: Gov. Scott: Florida will not support Syrian refugees

Fla.- Florida Governor Rick Scott is joining a growing chorus of fellow GOP governors in opposing any efforts to bring Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war there to the Sunshine State.

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Tampa Bay Times: Florida’s school class size limits reviewed

A 2013 state law aimed at giving Florida public schools flexibility similar to that of charter schools has fast become a way for districts to avoid the most expensive provisions of the 2002 class-size reduction amendment.

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Sun Sentinel: College with 7 Florida campuses to pay $95 million to settle multiple lawsuits

Two weeks ago, heightened federal scrutiny led to the sudden closure of South Florida’s Dade Medical College. On Monday, a much larger for-profit college operator — Education Management Corp. — used its hefty checkbook to make its U.S. Department of Justice problems go away.

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Orlando Sentinel: Mid-year stats show crime continuing to drop in Florida

Mid-year statistics show Florida’s overall crime rate continuing to drop for the fifth year, though domestic violence was on the rise, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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POLITICO: Who’s who on Hillary Clinton’s massive Florida campaign

One number shows why Florida is Hillary Clinton country in the Democratic race for president: 152.

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