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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Leon_SchoolsTallahassee.com:  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.

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National

 

Gwen_GrahamAP:  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.

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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.

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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.’

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EDUCATION

 

FCAT-TestingGainsville.com:  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.

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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.”

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FLORIDA NEWS

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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