May 22, 2014 Daily News Recap

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Floridians_Mortgage_ReductionTampa Bay Times:  More than 4,000 Floridians sign up for Hardest Hit mortgage reduction program

Good news for underwater homeowners current on their mortgage payments: There’s still time to apply for a program that could cut your unpaid balance by up to $50,000.


Florida_Warning_Shot_LawTampa Bay Times:  Warning shot’ bill gets new critic in Florida lawmaker who drafted ‘stand your ground’

TALLAHASSEE — An architect of Florida’s 2005 “stand your ground” law says a bill passed by lawmakers this session is too confusing and could prevent people in their homes or vehicles from legally defending themselves.


Florida_School_BusesWTSP: Wrong part at issue in school buses across Florida

St. Petersburg, Florida — Hoses on some Florida school buses aren’t making the grade, so Charlie Hood with the Florida Department of Education reached out to Florida Transportation Systems, Inc. in Tampa about the issue.


Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald:  After latest death, Florida prison system faces more scrutiny

Florida’s Department of Corrections is facing a third potential criminal probe in the wake of another inmate death at a state prison.

Florida_Redistricting_MapsCBS Miami:  Court: Redistricting Documents Should Remain Secret

An appeals court ruled Thursday that a political consultant’s documents about the redistricting process could remain sealed, potentially throwing a wrench into the case of a coalition of voting-rights organizations fighting the state’s congressional maps.



Local and County


Scott_ChristieBradenton: Govs. Scott, Christie talk port money in Tampa

TAMPA — With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at his side, Florida Gov. Rick Scott pledged Thursday to spend $1 billion upgrading the state’s ports over his two terms in office if he is re-elected.


Michael_RowenHighlands Today: Trial for former police chief could be held by January

Former Avon Park Police Chief Michael Rowan filed suit against the city of Avon Park June 16, 2011, after he was suspended with pay by Avon Park City Manager Julian Deleon. His pay was stopped in June 2011 after it was found Rowan had investigated the mayor, deputy mayor, city project manager and a councilman for alleged illegal activities.


InsuranceNews: Former Miami-Dade Department of Public Works Employee Pleads Guilty to Accepting $150,000 in Bribes from Contractor

Former Miami-Dade Department of Public Works Employee Pleads Guilty to Accepting $150,000 in Bribes from Contractor. Southern District of Florida 226-9100. Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office; and Jose A. Gonzalez, Special…


Prosecutor_Crack_Hoe'sNews-Journal: Prosecutor sorry for ‘crack hoes’ post

ORLANDO – A Florida prosecutor apologized Thursday for social media posts that included him referring to drug addicts as “crack hoes” and suggesting that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment was due to affirmative action.




Strala_SchurOregonian: Ex-Clackamas County employee goes to jail for spending county money on Botox, daughter’s wedding, Florida trip

Starla Jo Schur of Wilsonville was convicted of theft, forgery, identity theft, computer crimes and official misconduct.


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