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May 5, 2104
State Legislature and Politics
Tampa Bay Times: Florida Legislature 2014: What passed and what failed
Some of the bills that passed and failed in the 2014 session. Bills must be approved by Gov. Rick Scott.
Biz Journal: A pass-fail report on the 2014 Florida Legislative session
Florida lawmakers ended the 2014 legislative session late Friday after passing a budget and a flurry of other bills dealing with issues such as child welfare and school vouchers.
Orlando Business Journal: Florida lawmakers close out session with approved $77 billion budget
The Florida Legislature on May 2 wrapped up its 60-day meeting after approving a $77 billion state budget, but not everyone approved of the plan.
Daily Chronic: Florida Lawmakers Approve Restrictive Medical Marijuana Bill
TALLAHASSEE, FL — Lawmakers in Florida on Friday became the latest state to pass a highly restrictive ‘medical marijuana‘ bill to allow limited access to cannabinol, or CBD, based medical marijuana for treatment of chronic epileptic seizures and some other severe illnesses.
News 13: Florida Legislature approves major changes to Port Canaveral charter
PORT CANAVERAL – Big changes are coming to key Canaveral Port Authority personnel and the multimillion dollar deals they manage.
Local and County
USA Today: Florida jail blast leaves officer paralyzed
PENSACOLA, Fla. — An explosion that killed two inmates and injured 184 at a northwest Florida jail also left a correctional officer paralyzed from the waist down.
Orange County Clerk of Circuit Court Eddie Fernandez was recently appointed to that post after former Clerk Lydia Gardner died last year.
AP: GRAHAM, NUNN NAMES BACK ON BALLOT IN FLA. AND GA.
The event, named for a popular method of coaxing worms above ground, takes place in Florida’s conservative Panhandle amid gator kabobs, fishhook earrings and a tent with venomous snakes.
US Today: Ex-Christie worker to testify on bridge scandal
TRENTON, N.J. — Lawmakers hope to gain new insight into the George Washington Bridge scandalTuesday when they question Christina Renna, a Governor’s Office employee who worked under Bridget Anne Kelly, a key figure in the scandal.
Daily Beat: Meet Mary Burke, the Woman Who Could Beat Scott Walker
She’s a political novice—and that may be what it takes to knock off Wisconsin’s governor, of whose jobs plan she says: ‘I’ve seen eighth-graders’ term papers that are more thoughtful.’
Gainsville.com: The FCAT is no more; a replacement is in the works
After 16 years as the state-mandated standardized test, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test ended its final round of statewide testing Friday.
Tampa Bay Times: Schools emerge as big winner from Florida Legislature’s session
TALLAHASSEE — Not long after the 2014 legislative session came to a close Friday, Senate President Don Gaetz said it had been “a good year for education.”
WFTV: FHP: Pedestrian injured in I-75 crash that killed trooper, tow truck driver, dies
OCALA, Fla. — A 30-year-old Florida Highway Patrol trooper, a tow truck driver and a pedestrian, were killed Saturday in a crash on Interstate 75 in Ocala, authorities said.
WFTS: 5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, May 5, 2014
TAMPA – Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, May 5, 2014.
News Journal: 5 Things to Know in Florida for May 5
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
Florida Times Union: Working poor mothers with young children a common demographic in Florida, analysis shows
Twenty percent of working mothers in the U.S. with infants or toddlers work in jobs that pay $10.10 or less an hour — the rate in a contentious proposal to raise the federal minimum wage.
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