In The News Today – October 27, 2015

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WTPS:  10 Investigates gets emails officials said didn’t exist

New documents obtained by 10 Investigates reveal Hillsborough County commissioners Sandy Murman and Ken Hagan failed to produce public records requested in June, possibly violating state open records laws.

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CBS Miami:  Tribe Goes To Court Amid Gambling Talks

The Seminole Tribe of Florida sued the state Monday, setting in motion what could be a protracted legal fight over the tribe’s exclusive rights to offer “banked” card games like blackjack at most of its casinos.

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Sun Sentinel: Lauderdale supervisors leave during investigation

FORT LAUDERDALE A yearlong investigation into employee complaints in the city’s Public Works Department has resulted in no disciplinary action so far, but three of seven managers singled out by employees have left the city for other positions.

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WJCT: DOH Is Getting Out Of The Prenatal Care Business

Florida is one of only three states where county public health departments employ obstetricians for pregnant women.

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Orlando Sentinel: ACLU chief: We defend rights for all: The Interview

We asked Howard Simon, Florida ACLU executive director for 18 years, to reflect … We also educate the public about their rights in a variety of contexts so … drug testing for Executive Branch stateemployees and applicants.

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New Times: DID SEAWORLD PRESSURE STATE TO FIRE EMPLOYEE FOR REMOVING PARK FROM EDUCATION WEBSITE?

Last week, PETA sent the state’s Office of Open Government a letter requesting access to internal emails relating to the recent firing of a Florida Department of Education (DOE) employee after the removal of SeaWorld promotions from the department’s website.

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WUSF:  Prenatal Care 100% Available In One Florida County

Most county health department no longer offer services to pregnant women. But on Florida’s Space Coast, the opposite is true: The county health department offers 100 percent coverage for pregnant women.

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Sun Sentinel: Florida plans second bear hunt

The most controversial hunt in Florida in a generation ended Sunday, but the disputes over the state’s decision to reopen bear hunting are far from over.

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The New York Times: Surprise: Florida and Texas Excel in Math and Reading Scores

When the Education Department releases its biennial scorecard of reading and math scores for all 50 states this week, Florida and Texas are likely to look pretty mediocre. In 2013, the last time that scores were released, Florida ranked 30th on the tests, which are given to fourth and eighthgraders, and Texas ranked 32nd.

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Tampa Bay Times: Final tally in Florida black bear hunt reaches 298

The hunt, the first to take place in Florida in 21 years, was supposed to last a week. But commission executive director Nick Wiley stopped hunting in two regions of the state Saturday night because the number of bears killed had topped their quota.

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Tampa Bay Times:  State regulator gives Florida property insurers high marks in hurricane ‘stress tests’

Even if Florida gets blasted by four hurricanes in one season as it did a decade ago, 67 Florida-based insurance companies tested by the state have enough of a financial cushion to handle the damage, according to a new report touted by the state’s top financial regulator Monday.

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NBC $ News:  Florida police discover sex offender drove school van with revoked license

Alert action by a Florida police officer led to a disturbing discovery.  A registered sex offender who was driving a school van with children, was arrested by Gulfport police on a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license. Police say an illegal license plate was also on the vehicle.

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Sun Sentinel: Florida survey finds widespread water concerns

Floridians have water woes on their minds, and many are bracing for potential disaster from oil drilling, sinkholes and rising seas.

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Jacksonville.com: Bill would standardize mental-health courts, create pilot programs to reduce number of mentally ill in jails

State Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, filed a bill Monday afternoon to standardize mental-health courts and create pilot programs in Miami-Dade, Broward and Duval counties.

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