May 5, 2014 Daily News Recap

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State Legislature and Politics


Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa 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.


Passed_Failed_BillsBiz 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.


Florida_Lawmakers_Approve_BudgetOrlando 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.


Lawmakers_Approve_Medical_MarijuanaDaily 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.


Port_CanaveralNews 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.


TBOTBO: Fla. Gov. in tough re-election fight gets help
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Confronting a tough re-election fight Gov. Rick Scott came into his fourth legislative session as governor with a focused, but yet limited agenda that dealt primarily on tax cuts and spending priorities.

Local and County


Christopher_HankinsonUSA 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.

Read  Leon schools kept construction process in place after warnings
Leon County school officials acknowledged findings of a statewide grand jury that labeled the use of construction managers “an abomination” and a waste of taxpayer dollars but continued awarding contracts to them anyway.
Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel: Showdown looms as Orange leaders consider fall ballot changes
A showdown over access to the Orange County ballot could unfold this week, with activists fighting to keep a last avenue of change and tourism interests vying to curb what they see as outside-funded influences on local policy.
Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel:  Fernandez to open Orange clerk campaign

Orange County Clerk of Circuit Court Eddie Fernandez was recently appointed to that post after former Clerk Lydia Gardner died last year.






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.


Christie_AieUS 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.


Mary_BurkeDaily 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.’


EDUCATION  The FCAT is no more; a replacement is in the works

It’s over.

After 16 years as the state-mandated standardized test, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test ended its final round of statewide testing Friday.


Schools_Legislative_WinnersTampa 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.”





Chelsea_RichardWFTV: 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_JournalNews 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_UnionFlorida 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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