In The News Today – October 13, 2015

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Tampa Bay Times: Column: State bear hunt ignores science

At the annual black bear festival near Central Florida’s Ocala National Forest, there’s a children’s activity called “Come be a bear,” where kids put on little black bear costumes and learn what Florida bears do in their forest homes.


The Tennessean: TN prison scheduling, discipline criticized in audit

Tennessee prison officials were lauded for their “openness” and for providing generally “safe” facilities but criticized for a recently implemented staff scheduling change and how the state classifies violent attacks involving staff,..


SUNSHINE STATE NEWS: Pliable Politicians Put Priority on Pensions

One can’t blame Keane for trying to improve his standard of living like everyone else on Earth. The problem is politicians who can’t say no.


Pensacola News Journal: Pensacola case may reshape Florida death penalty

Florida is one of a few states where judges issue the death penalty and juries play a strictly advisory role…  The state’s policy seems to go against a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said juries should decide both when the death penalty will be imposed and what aggravating factors that make the death penalty appropriate.


News-Press:  Fort Myers lacks equipment to provide cell phone records

Florida’s public record law requires cities to provide copies of text messages from officials relating to city business, but Councilwoman Terolyn Watson uses aSamsung cell phone and Fort Myers doesn’t have the equipment needed to analyze the device.


News-Journal: Flagler Sheriff’s Office earns reaccreditation, first under Manfre

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office earned its reaccreditation for the third time, agency officials announced.


MPR News:  Koch political network expanding ‘grassroots’ organizing

The political network led by billionaires David and Charles Koch is building what’s meant to be a seamless system of grassroots groups, designed to advance the network’s conservative and libertarian goals year in and year out, while also helping like-minded politicians.


Florida TODAY: Rebates in Melbourne; CareerSource event; EMT courses

All city of Melbourne residential water customers who get their water bill directly from the City can receive a $50 rebate for replacing a toilet that was installed before 1994


WTSP: Florida woman Periscopes while drunk driving

Lakeland police believe a local woman is lucky to be alive today after going on a drunk driving trip she recorded and broadcast live on her own phone. On Saturday, LPD took in 911 calls about a possible drunk driver using the social media App Periscope to broadcast herself.


Jacksonville Times: Former Jacksonville state attorney joins others calling for change in Florida death-penalty laws

Shorstein was one of several people who spoke last week, days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a case that could end with the justices finding Florida’s entire death penalty procedure unconstitutional.


Health News Florida: 2.8M in Florida Still Uninsured

Florida still has nearly 2.8 million residents who lack health insurance, according to a new report, and 80 percent of them are uninsured for reasons that have nothing to do with Medicaid politics.


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