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May 15, 2014
Miami Herald: Florida Council of 100 snubs Crist by blocking his planned speech
The Florida Council of 100, a politically astute group of top business leaders, abruptly blocked a speech Thursday by Charlie Crist scheduled shortly after an address by Gov. Rick Scott, the Democrat’s successor and likely opponent in November.
Sun Sentinel: Agriculture chief doesn’t see pot as boon for Florida farmers
“This is not a boon for Florida agriculture,” Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam told the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board. “There won’t be fields of marijuana growing in Florida.”
Florida Current: Scott slams Crist on manufacturing job losses, but Jeb Bush lost some too
Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday bashed his predecessor, former Gov. Charlie Crist – his likely opponent for reelection this fall — for losing more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs during his four years in office (2007-2011).
Miami Herald: Florida lawmakers push changes for higher education, with mixed results
TALLAHASSEE – Though the Legislature declared that Florida’s community colleges cannot add any new four-year degree programs for a year, the moratorium likely won’t do much in the long run to curb the popular programs.
TBO: Suit asks court to stop politicians’ use of ‘blind trusts’
TALLAHASSEE — A top aide to the late Gov. Reubin Askew asked the state’s highest court to invalidate politicians’ use of “blind trusts” rather than fully disclosing sources of income.
NBC Miami: Number of Tourists Coming to Florida Keeps Growing
Gov. Rick Scott will announce Thursday at Busch Gardens that a record number of tourists came to the Sunshine State during the first three months of this year.
Local and County
NBC Miami: Tornado Touches Down Near Miami International Airport
The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down along NW 14th Street in Doral Thursday afternoon.
Miami Herald: Feds nab 50 Medicare fraud suspects in two-day South Florida take-down
It was a textbook operation for veterans of law enforcement’s endless war on Medicare fraud in South Florida: 50 suspects busted over two days on charges of trying to steal almost $66 million from the federal program.
News Journal: FEMA infrastructure money OK’d for Escambia, Santa Rosa
FEMA notified officials in Pensacola, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties today that they may being applying for millions of dollars in reimbursement for damages to government buildings and roadways, as well as other costs associated with the disastrous late April flooding event.
Tampa Bay Times: Launch of Tampa bike rental program facing delay to August
That’s about a year behind Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s original schedule for the program, designed to bring 300 rental bikes to the streets of downtown.
Miami Herald: Problems force Miami-Dade police to temporarily shelve its new encrypted radio system
Last week, the department turned off the digitally encrypted transmission portion of the new system, but continued to use the radios, after officers complained of garbled conversations, robot-like echoes and a slight delay in transmission when the red button is pushed on top of the hand-held device that alerts dispatch when an officer is in trouble.
WNYC: Photos: First Look at the 9/11 Memorial Museum
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is preparing to open its doors to victims’ families on Thursday. Situated below the original Twin Towers, the museum features hundreds of artifacts from ground zero, as well as audio recordings of 911 phone calls, voice mails and oral histories of survivors.
Bloomberg Businessweek: As VA Chief Faces Coverup Queries, Florida Inspectors Get Stopped at the Door
With Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki expected to face grilling today by a U.S. Senate committee over allegations of treatment delays and related coverups at VA health-care facilities in various states, Florida officials have shed new light on the sprawling health system’s lack of transparency.
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