In The News Today – October 20, 2015

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Miami Herald: Florida lawmakers hit a new wall: Who will have to run again in 2016?

Less than an hour after Florida legislators opened their fourth special session on redistricting Monday, they were roiling in a bitter dispute over how far they could go to protect half the Senate from facing voters in a tumultuous presidential election year.

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Florida Democrat: Senate removes Confederate flag from seal

Without a formal vote, the Florida Senate on Monday agreed to strip the Confederate battle flag from its official seal, removing one of the few remaining vestiges of the infamous icon in state government.

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Miami Herald: Study: Big businesses get lion’s share of Florida’s tax credits

Nearly every dollar spent on one of Florida’s largest jobs programs is given to large, often out-of-state companies, a new study says, bolstering concerns from the state’s top economist that more should be done to grow small businesses.

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Bradenton Herald: Barbara Zdravecky, CEO of Planned Parenthood in Manatee, Sarasota, gives state-of-agency address

Planned Parenthood survived a summer of protests, secretly-taken videos, a dispute with Florida over second trimester abortions, political defunding pressure and cyber-hacking but not without “significant damage to our brand,” according to the chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.

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Sun Sentinel:  Boca Raton libraries see increase in visitors

More than 547,000 people visited the library’s two locations during the 2014-15 fiscal year, a 78,000 — or about 17 percent — increase from the nearly 469,000 visitors the previous year, said Carol Rynk, library assistant.

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Naples Daily News:  Florida fires employee for scrubbing SeaWorld from website

The Florida Department of Education pushed out a top staff member at the agency after the woman approved removing references to SeaWorld from the agency website.

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Jacksonville Business Journal: Why the largest energy company you haven’t heard of is investing in Jacksonville

Unlike its two larger peers — Chevron and Exxon Mobil — Kinder Morgandoesn’t do retail. The company doesn’t drill or sell energy, but transports it through pipelines. And while Kinder Morgan has a strong presence in Florida (most of the state’s natural gas flows through its pipes

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NBC News: Florida Plainclothes Officer Shoots Dead Armed Musician Cory Jones

Nouman Raja, an officer with Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, fatally shot 31-year-old Corey Jones off Interstate 95 in the early hours of Sunday, the police department said in a statement.

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Orlando Business Journal:  See how much the cruise industry benefits Florida’s economy

The global cruise industry contributed $7.95 billion to Florida’s economy in 2014, an increase of 8.4 percent since 2013, and accounts for 38 percent of the cruise industry’s spending nationwide, according to a new study from Cruise Lines International Association.

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WTSP: State says it’s one of the greatest deal for Florida taxpayers that they’ll never know about.

Mr. Worldwide has agreed to be Mr. Florida — at least for the next year — but taxpayers aren’t allowed to know how much it’s costing them.

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