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May 2, 2104
Miami Herald: 5 Things to Know in Florida for May 2
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
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FCN: Most inmates in Escambia jail explosion treated
A news conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. regarding Wednesday night’s gas explosion at the Escambia County jail that killed two inmates and sent a total of 184 people to local hospitals for treatment.
WCTV: Florida Legislature Fixes Graduation Standards Glitch
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — High school students in 10th grade this year won’t have to pass Algebra II in order to graduate.
The Ledger: Florida Legislature OKs Textbook Bill
TALLAHASSEE | Parents would have a chance to object to textbooks used at public schools under a bill passed Thursday by the Florida Legislature.
Tampa Bay Times: NRA-backed bill done in by Sen. Jack Latvala, sheriffs
TALLAHASSEE — It’s not often that a bill backed by the National Rifle Association dies in the Florida Legislature.
Florida Times Union: Concealed-weapons bill dies in Florida Senate
TALLAHASSEE | A National Rifle Association-backed measure aimed at allowing people to carry concealed weapons without licenses during emergency evacuations has been holstered for this year.
Miami Herald: Rubio, Senate Foreign Relations Committee announce hearings into Venezuela’s political crisis
Washington, D.C. – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today announced a hearing for Thursday, May 8 at 10 a.m. EDT to discuss the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela and the Maduro regime’s violent repression of peaceful demonstrations. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson will testify on the first panel.
Naples News: Sen. Nelson calls for federal review of Hughes Co. well drilling in Collier
GOLDEN GATE ESTATES — In the latest salvo in a groundswell of opposition to drilling in Southwest Florida, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson urged federal environmental officials Thursday to investigate oil-drilling activities by the Texas-based Dan. A. Hughes Co. in Collier County.
Sun Sentinel: Lawmakers cut taxes, pass parasail bill
TALLAHASSEE – Florida legislative leaders agreed to a $105 million package of tax cuts Thursday, clearing the way for an election-year lawmaking session to end Friday with a little something for everyone.
Tampa Bay Times: Florida Senate approves in-state tuition for undocumented students
TALLAHASSEE — Ending a fight that lasted more than a decade, the Florida Senate voted Thursday to let undocumented immigrants pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.
Florida Current: Senate passes January start time for 2016 session legislation
The Senate passed HB 9 unanimously, moving the start date for the regular legislative session back two months. The bill was amended earlier this week to apply only to 2016, not every even-numbered year. The bill now heads back to the House for a final vote.
Tampa Bay Times: Gov. Rick Scott says he backs limited medical marijuana bill
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House confounded the naysayers and agreed to legalize a limited strain of marijuana for a specific list of medical purposes, bringing the last-chance remedy closer to reality for thousands of Floridians suffering with epilepsy.
Naples News: Let’s make a deal: State’s $77 billion budget crafted with little public scrutiny
TALLAHASSEE _ It was Tuesday in the state Capitol, and most thought Florida’s roughly $75 billion proposed spending plan was complete.
Political Cortadito: Pat Salerno upped his retirement benefit before he left
One can’t help but think that Coral Gables City Manager Pat Salerno knew he was on his way out and that that is why he made the change in his retirement benefits that not only increased the city’s contribution almost threefold, but gave it to him in one lump sum.
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