May 8, 2014 Daily News Recap

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May 8, 2014

 

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Ocala.com_florida_pubic_employeesOcala.com:  9 WWII Florida veterans honored by France

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Nine Florida veterans will be recognized for fighting alongside France during World War II.

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Hurricane_Season_Fuel_PricesBiz Journal:   As hurricane season approaches, Florida faces gasoline shortage

Energy companies are warning that Florida is experiencing a gasoline shortage and spike in prices only one month before the start of hurricane season.

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Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times: Meet the frontrunner for Fla GOP chair

With the official vote more than three weeks away and less than six months before crucial statewide elections, the head of the Clay County GOP appears a shoe-in to replace outgoing Republican Party…….

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DOn_GaetzTampa Bay Times: Infighting, maneuvering doomed health bills in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE — Millions of Floridians have no health insurance. The state has nowhere near enough primary-care doctors. Highly trained nurses might be able to help, but they lack the authority. Hospitals are suing other hospitals, claiming their trauma centers don’t even deserve to operate.

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Marco RubioPOLITICO: Marco Rubio: Charlie Crist racism claim ‘absurd’

Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday slammed Charlie Crist for saying that he left the GOP because of racism within the party, calling the former Florida governor’s remarks “ridiculous and silly.”

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CorrectionsOne.com:   Why correctional turnover is so high

Corrections, generally, takes place among three main levels of government: federal, state, and county. Across all three frontiers, corrections remains to be the “most known unknown” out of the entirety of law enforcement. The public is aware of the fact that criminals are incarcerated after conviction and are also……

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Local And County

 

Dane_EagleOrlando Sentinel:  State lawmaker apologizes but denies driving drunk in Tallahassee

Apologizing to constituents, state Rep. Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, admitted to reckless driving and “poor judgment,” but disputed being drunk when he was arrested for driving under the influence last month in Tallahassee.

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Richard_CandiaMiami Herald: Miami-Dade lobbyist in middle of FBI sting against mayors pleads guilty

Richard Candia, the lobbyist in the middle of an alleged corruption racket involving the mayors of Miami Lakes and Sweetwater, pleaded guilty to a pair of fraud charges in federal court Wednesday.

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Gainesville.comGainesville.com:  Workers organizing SF College’s first union

Santa Fe College workers are organizing a union following a Department of Labor audit that found supervisors failed to report overtime hours for workers in the financial aid office.

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WPLGWPLG:  School police officer sent sexually explicit text messages to student, report claims

MIAMI – A school police officer was removed from his position after he sent sexually explicit text messages to a teenage student, according to an internal affairs report exclusively obtained by Local 10′s Jeff Weinsier.

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Sun_SentinelSun Sentinel:  More S. Florida homebuyers making cash purchases

During the first quarter, 68 percent of Broward County homebuyers paid cash, up from 47 percent in the first quarter of 2013, according to a report Thursday from RealtyTrac Inc. And that number was higher than the year before, when cash accounted for 42 percent of sales in Broward.

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Florida_House_SalesNBC Miami:  Florida Has Highest Rate of Housing Sales Done in Cash

A study released Thursday shows that almost two-thirds of Florida housing sales in the first quarter of this year were done in cash.

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National

 

Obama_Public_EmployeeWashington Post:  Tis the season for public-employee awards

While the finalists for the government-wide Service to America Medals were introduced with great fanfare by the Partnership for Public Service on Tuesday, agencies also are presenting awards to their employees  during this Public Service Recognition Week.

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Who_Is_fighting_for_Public_EmployeesTruth Out: Who’s Fighting for Public Workers?

Sometimes you have to step back a few paces to see how much conservatism has distorted the public debate. Case in point: employment. Somehow the right has managed to stigmatize public-sector jobs so effectively that only politicians of rare and admirable courage are willing to defend them.

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PensionsPost Crescent:  Letters: Bankers, politicians hurt public pensions

read Dave Kendall’s recent column on public pensions. It’s rare that I use the phrase “well-researched, trenchant commentary” and I won’t use that now. Insight, no. Ice cream headache, yes. I’ll be charitable and say he’s misinformed.

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Charter_Schools_harmSALON:  Charter schools are cheating your kids: New report reveals massive fraud, mismanagement, abuse

Just in time for National Charter School Week, there’s a new report highlighting the predictable perils of turning education into a poorly regulated business. Titled “Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud and Abuse,” the report focused on 15 states representing large charter markets, out of the 42 states that have charter schools.

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