May 9, 2014 Daily News Recap

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May 9, 2014



Rick_Scott_Victory_TourOrlando Sentinel:  With eye on Crist, Scott launches ‘victory tour’

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott emerged from the legislative session last week claiming victory by capping tuition increases, passing $500 million in tax cuts and boosting spending on classrooms and the environment.


Florida_UnemploymentTampa Bay Times:   Florida’s national unemployment ranking isn’t so clear-cut

Says Rick Scott’s record on jobs includes Florida “ranked second in the nation in long-term unemployment.”


Gwen_GrahamTallahassee Democrat: Gwen Graham touts economic plan in race against Southerland

Gwen Graham, the Democratic candidate seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland for Florida’s 2nd district, laid out her economic plan in Tallahassee Thursday.


GEDNews-Press: New GED test not making the grade

A more expensive and tougher test seems to be keeping people from going after their GED, at least for now.


ABC NewsABC News: Florida Teen Graduates College Before Receiving Her High School Diploma

Grace Bush, 16, took part in her college graduation ceremony earlier this month and tomorrow will be celebrating another educational milestone — high school graduation.


Sun_SentinelSun Sentinel: Florida ranked 2nd best state for business by CEOs

The state of Florida ranks second in the nation for business according to a recent study from


wusfWUSF: Scott Presses for Welfare Drug Tests

Arguing there is a “demonstrated problem with drug use” among people receiving public assistance, attorneys for Gov. Rick Scott’s administration filed a 72-page brief this week asking a federal appeals court to uphold the constitutionality of a drug-testing program.


Current_florida_public_employeesFlorida Current: GOP and Dems disagree on education spending

Republican lawmakers point to an $18.9 billion allocation for public schools as historic while Democrats point out that the amount breaks down to $6,937 per pupil and is nearly $200 below the record level of 2008.



Local and County

Smoke_Detector_Saves_lifeBay News:Smoke detector credited with saving family of seven from Tampa fire

TAMPA – A smoke detector alerted a family of seven to the fire that broke out in their Tampa house overnight, allowing them to safely escape.



Orlando Sentinel: Brummer pushes half-penny Orange infrastructure tax

Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummer wants to put a half-penny sale tax referendum on the Aug. 26 ballot that could raise as much as $180 million annually for road and other infrastructure projects.


Half_Cent_Sales_TaxNews Sun:  Half-cent school tax gets DSAC support

SEBRING — The Highlands County District Schools Advisory Committee has given full support to a half-cent sales tax. They also gave advice to Superintendent Wally Cox: Keep it simple.


Lake_County_SchoolsDaily Commercial: School Board members want to know whether class-size numbers were fudged

The report by Carr, Riggs & Ingram, found that 136 teachers said they were asked to sign or submit inaccurate class-size documents. The report further alludes to what it calls “general statements from the District office” that “may have put perceived pressure on staff to meet CSR requirements.”


Orlando_SentinelOrlando Sentinel: Northrop’s latest expansion may be tied to B-2 bomber bid

Northrop Grumman Corp. revealed Thursday its second major Space Coast expansion in as many years, a move that could potentially create 1,800 high-paying jobs and provide a $500 million lift for an area still hard-hit from the end of the space-shuttle program.


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