In The News Today – October 15, 2015

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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Bradenton Herald:  State College of Florida may invest millions to expand facilities, add campuses

Rapid population growth in north Manatee and north Sarasota counties may push the State College of Florida to invest tens of millions of dollars in new computer technology, facilities and possibly new campuses in the next few years.

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South East Florida Times: LIVING WAGE ORDINANCE EXPANDS

Broward County Commissioners have approved expansion of the County’s current living wage ordinance to include all contracted service workers at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport.  The revised ordinance will be presented for a final vote after a public hearing set for Oct. 13th.

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WNYC: New York Leads in Shielding Police Misconduct

“Police officers are the public employees who have the most power and … Florida has one of the most open public records laws in the country …

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Orlando Sentinel: Emails show state employees removed SeaWorld link after PETA complained

Links to SeaWorld on state lists of fun Florida field trips and attractions offering teacher discounts were gone for about 10 days. They reappeared Oct. 6, soon after reporters inquired about it. The department initially had no explanation for what happened.

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Portland Tribune: Labor commissioner: Uber drivers are employees, warrant employee benefits

The opinion does not have the force of law, but could lead to court decisions or other actions that force Uber and traditional taxi companies to start paying for employee benefits.

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Sun Sentinel: Mayo: Gun violence brings more talk, wrong action in Florida

…the action we keep getting from trigger-happy Tallahassee is all wrong. The Republican-dominated Legislature and the powerful National Rifle Association keep pushing more guns and more lenient gun laws. Bills are brewing to allow guns on college campuses and to allow gun owners to openly carry firearms in public (such as on a holster; currently weapons must be concealed).

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Jacksonville.com: Orange Park police sport pink badges for breast cancer awareness

All 22 Orange Park police officers led by Chief Gary Goble are wearing a bubble gum-pink police badges in place of their regular shields throughout October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Tampa Bay Times: Romano: In Florida’s race for new jobs, shouldn’t quality count, too?

As the economy improved, average wages went up. In 2014, the U.S. average was $51,364. In Florida, it was $44,803. Somehow, the average Floridian now earned 12.7 percent less than the average American.

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Palm Beach Post: Florida ranks first in risk of overreliance on natural gas, UCS says

Florida has the highest risk in the nation for being over-reliant on natural gas for electricity generation now and in the future, the Union of Concerned Scientists said Wednesday.

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Bay News 9: Enrollment for Florida Prepaid College Program starts Thursday

Parents who want to start paying for their children’s college education early can get into the Florida Prepaid College Program starting Thursday.

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