May 19, 2014 Daily News Recap

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 May 19, 2014

Florida

 

FLorida's_Ridistrictin_TrialThe Fine Print: Secrets, power, and the law: A quick guide to Florida’s redistricting trial

More than two years after lawsuits were first filed a trial is scheduled to open up this week in Tallahassee that challenges the constitutionality of Florida’s current congressional map. The trial could last up to 11 days.

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Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel: Florida congressional-redistricting maps go on trial

TALLAHASSEE — After two years of legal bickering, Florida’s redrawn congressional maps go on trial today in a case that could plunge the election calendar into chaos.

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Nan_RichSun Sentinel: Nan Rich says she’s in governor’s race to stay

The end, to Rich and more than 100 supporters who gathered Friday evening for the official opening of her campaign office in Weston, is winning the governor’s race in November.

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Rick_ScottTallahassee Democrat:  Waiting on Gov. Rick Scott to wield veto pen

 Leon County’s legislative delegation and advocates for the projects are working hard to persuade Gov. Rick Scott to keep local funding intact, Scott and his staff are expected to scour the $77.1-billion budget to determine what to spare and what to veto.Read 

Local and County

 

Citrus_grove_Studnet_student_RobbedNBC Miami: Citrus Grove Middle School Students Robbed and Assaulted: Police

Four people are in custody after the group allegedly assaulted and robbed students at Miami Senior High School and then later at Citrus Grove Middle School.

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Port_Of_Miami_TunelMiami Herald:  $1 billion dollar port tunnel being dedicated today

Directional arrows over the westbound lanes of the PortMiami tunnel shone bright green Friday morning as hundreds of workers put the finishing touches on the $1 billion, under-the-bay facility. The arrows served as symbolic indicators that the tunnel, more than 30 years in the making, is almost ready to open.

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Leon_County_Schools_ConstructionTallahassee Democrat:  School board to talk construction

The Leon County School Board will hold a special workshop at 6 p.m. tonight to provide an overview of the district’s construction process.

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National

 

Public_PensionsForbes:   A Heist Forty Times Greater Than Madoff

In a heist forty times greater than Madoff, nearly a quarter of all state and local public pension assets have disappeared. Six hundred and sixty billion dollars in state workers’ retirement savings have been taken off the radar– swept into the highest-cost hedge, private equity, venture and real estate funds ever devised byWall Street.

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Biz journal:  Private Aerial Firefighters Deploying Aircraft To San Diego County Fires

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Private operators of fixed wing tankers and helicopters are deploying assets to San Diego County, California, to help fight a series of catastrophic, still uncontained fires which have destroyed nearly 10,000 acres, and an estimated 30 structures to date.

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