May 1, 2014 Morning Daily News Recap

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Escambia_County_Jail_ExplosionFOX 10 TV:  Officials: Gas explosion at Escambia County Jail kills 2, injures dozens

Authorities said on Wednesday, April 30, around 11 p.m., the explosion rocked the central booking facility.

“It caused a partial building collapse, and we did have somewhere over 100 injuries, both inmates and corrections officers,” said Kathleen Castro, public information manager.


Florida_StormNews Journal: Rescues first, then recovery for 2-county area

Northwest Florida barely has begun to assess the broken roads and ruined homes and businesses, but some things are startlingly clear: Damage is massive, and recovery will be a long, long road.


School_GradesNews-Press:  Fla. Legislature OKs 1-year pause on school grades

TALLAHASSEE — The sanctions associated with Florida’s school grading system will be put on hold for a year under a bill passed Wednesday by the Florida Legislature.


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Florida House approves new school grading formula

TALLAHASSEE — Responding to a flurry of complaints from parents last year, the Florida House voted Wednesday to simplify the school grading formula.


Current_florida_public_employeesFlorida Current: Fla. Legislature passes insurance claims bill 

Insurers could not use credit information to deny a claim or cancel a policy under a bill now headed to the desk ofGov. Rick Scott.



Sun Sentinel:  Governor gets bill that could lead to speed limits up to 75 mph

TALLAHASSEE — A deeply divided Florida Legislature sent the governor a bill Wednesday that could lead to speed limits up to 75 mph on some stretches of state highway.



Tampa Bay Times: Legislators put amendment on Florida ballot to change court appointments

TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislators took the final step Wednesday to put an amendment on the November ballot that asks voters to decide whether to give Florida’s governor new powers to make prospective appointments to the state Supreme Court.


Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel:  SunRail debuts; riders pleased

Passengers riding SunRail this morning had high marks for Central Florida’s first commuter train, which debuted today.


Jeb_BushPost on Politics: Jeb Bush rising, Rubio falling among Florida Republicans; Clinton tops GOP field in 2016 match-ups

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a big lead over the rest of the field of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in his home state, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds, but Democrat Hillary Clinton would carry Florida over Bush or any other GOP nominee.


Lenny_CurryFlorida Times Union: Lenny Curry, potential Jacksonville mayoral candidate, will announce Thursday he is stepping down as Florida GOP chair

Lenny Curry, who is considering a run for Jacksonville mayor, will announce he is stepping down as chairman of the Florida Republican Party on Thursday, according to party officials with knowledge of the situation.


Bill_MontfordFlorida Current: Pension reform fizzles in the Senate

The Senate rejected one of House Speaker Will Weatherford‘s top priorities Wednesday, spiking a long-debated plan to make more public employees take the optional investment retirement plan instead of the traditional monthly pension payout.


Florida Gov. Scott Visits Opening Of Advanced Pharma FacilityMSNBC: Rick Scott gets an earful in Florida

There’s a reason so many politicians embrace carefully managed, pre-scripted events: they never know what actual people are going to say. The spontaneity may be refreshing for the rest of us, but for politicians and their aides, it’s frustrating when the public goes “off-message.”


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