In The News Today – October 22, 2015

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Star Tribune: The real story about retirement: Millions of baby boomers face financial crisis

As 76 million baby boomers near the end of their working lives, the nation is hurtling toward a retirement financial crisis.

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Huff Post: Five Reasons Why Traditional Pensions Are Still the Best Way to Provide Retirement Security

This week, America is celebrating National Save for Retirement Week, established by Congress to raise public awareness about the importance of putting money aside for our golden years. For decades, traditional pensions, or defined benefit plans, have been the retirement savings tool of choice for employers in the public and private sector,

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Florida Politics:  DEMOCRATS: PUNISH LEGISLATORS WHO VIOLATE FAIR DISTRICTS LAW

Two Florida Democratic legislators want to punish lawmakers who violate the “Fair Districts” amendments passed by voters.

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Sun Sentinel: Broward Sheriff’s deputy, civilian employee accused of ‘inappropriate contact’ with inmates

A Broward Sheriff’s deputy and a civilian staffer who monitored inmates late at night in a Pompano Beach facility landed in the jail right next door after “inappropriate contact” with two inmates, the agency said.

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CNN Politics: Jeb Bush: Move the Interior Department out West

As part of his pitch to create a “new relationship with the West,” Jeb Bush said Wednesday his “first step” would be to move the Interior Department’s headquarters away from the nation’s capital. He also called for less federal involvement in public land issues.

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The News Observer:  Florida editorial roundup

Florida’s unemployment system is run by the Department of Economic Opportunity. But, as if the system were stuck in some cruel Monty Python skit, it could more accurately be renamed the Department of Kicking People When They’re Down.

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Florida Politics:  JAX GENERAL COUNSEL SMACKS DOWN CITY COUNCIL FOR BUDGET NIGHT “TEXT-GHAZI”

“Florida’s Sunshine Laws were implemented in 1967 when Florida first established its open public meeting requirements – right around the same time that the City of Jacksonville was in the process of becoming consolidated – a time that was just preceded by a series of allegations of malfeasance on the part of several public officials.”

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Bradenton Herald: Where are those promised jobs? Senators pelt Gov. Rick Scott’s jobs creator

Gov. Rick Scott’s chief jobs creator faced intense criticism Tuesday from key senators who openly mocked claims by Enterprise Florida that it needs more money to lure businesses to Florida.

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Orlando Sentinel: UCF athletics could use a dose of transparency

The University of Central Florida says it’s committed to being transparent about spending money, whether from taxes or the tuition and fees paid by UCF’s more than 60,000 students.

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CBS 12: State crime lab getting slower at processing evidence

“Department commissioner Richard Swearingen says many crime lab employees leave for higher-paying jobs. He told the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday that he is seeking almost $4 million to provide pay raises to 297 workers.”

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Palm Beach Post: Corey Jones shooting: Florida black lawmakers unite behind call for independent probe

Florida Conference of Black State Legislators Chairman Rep. Ed Narain, D-Tampa, said it was important for Gov. Rick Scott to order the probe to “restore public confidence” between the black community and Palm Beach Gardens police.

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Naples Herald: Workforce Housing Approved in Collier County

As affordable housing continues to be a hot issue within Southwest Florida, Collier County Commissioners approved a development which would add nearly 150 new units specifically targeted at government and service employees.

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