In The News Today – October 23, 2015

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WCTV: 2 Florida Men Charged in Children’s Charity Scam

Gary R. Tomey II, 46, of Pace, and Eric T. Eakes, 29, of Milton, were arraigned today in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging them with conspiracy and mail fraud.

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WTSP: Florida lawmakers, prosecutors investigate Daily Fantasy Sports

Like to wager on daily fantasy sports? You’re not alone. More than 56 million people play in the popular online gaming.

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WMFE: FLORIDA TO BOOST SOCIAL WORKERS AT DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

The Florida Department of Children and Families is teaming up with the University of Central Florida to get more social workers with a four-year degree working in child welfare.

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News 4 JAX:  Ex-mayor responds to claim he skirted protocol in Eureka Gardens deal

Former Mayor Alvin Brown, who signed off on the property deal for Eureka Gardens in 2012, responded Thursday to claims that he sidestepped protocol in approving the deal.

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News ON 6: Doubts amid promise of fair probe in Florida police shooting

Politicians were nearly booed off the stage at a rally when they promised a full and fair investigation into a police officer’s fatal shooting of a black man who played the drums in churches and bands and worked as a public housing inspector.

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PATHEOS: Florida bill seeks to legalize religiously-motivated discrimination

HB 401 is an attempt to go beyond Hobby Lobby to legalize much of the discrimination that religious business owners and employees have exercised in the wake of that case.

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Business Insurance: County joins public employers ditching domestic partner benefits

County commissioners in Orlando voted unanimously on Tuesday to discontinue Orange County’s domestic partner benefit program effective Jan. 1, 2016, with a one-year grace period ending Dec. 31 of next year for current enrollees in the program.

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Florida Politics:  BOARD WILL CONSIDER PETE ANTONACCI ETHICS OPINION

That’s the opinion of Florida Commission on Ethics staff, which will be considered for approval by commission members at their meeting Friday morning, according to an online agenda.

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CBS Miami: FAMU President Survives Ouster Attempts By Trustees

In a dramatic three-hour meeting Thursday, members of the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees made failed attempts to fire President Elmira Mangum and sparked students to march to Gov. Rick Scott’s office in support of the embattled president.

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Florida TODAY: Melbourne police officer Lanza fired for violations

In a tersely worded memo, Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs moved to formally dismiss a veteran officer over a internal investigation’s findings that he had demeaned and humiliated women and minorities in the department….

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