Weekend News Recap

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florida-public-employees-Weatherford-ACAHerald Tribune:  Mr. Weatherford’s wall

The Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index, as reported in Wednesday’s Herald-Tribune, found that the percentage of uninsured Floridians has declined by 3.2 percent since last December.


florida-public-employees-Escambia-school-boardNews Journal: Low turnout at debate sheds light on issue in education

On Aug. 26, the public will decide who among three candidates will win the Escambia County School Board seat for District 3, which is home to some of the district’s most impoverished and struggling schools.
florida-public-employees-ocala-republicans-commissionOcala.com: Republicans square off for second stint on commissionWinning for one means immediately rolling into another four-year stint on the board, while for the other, another go-round on the commission’s dais would come more than 20 years after the first one ended.Story

florida-public-employees-anitta-grice-walkerTallahassee Democrat: Newcomer Grice-Walker challenging Rehwinkel Vasilinda

An elementary school teacher is looking to unseat a three-term House of Representatives member to represent Leon County’s District 9.


Sun_SentinelSun Sentinel: Crist appears poised to win Democratic nomination, but Rich perseveres

Tugging at their heartstrings is Nan Rich, a lifelong Democrat and champion of just about every issue important to party members — even when it wasn’t politically advantageous or popular.


Florida-public-employeees-WTSP-Sheriff-SettlesWTSP:  Sheriff settles with wrongly arrested woman

A Louisiana mother who was wrongly arrested twice in northeast Florida has settled a lawsuit with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office for $67,000.


Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald: With Miami-Dade police cadets facing layoffs, a top administrator urges: ‘Fight for them!’

With layoffs looming at the county’s police agency, the class of 47 recruits sworn in as officers this week are officially on the chopping block. Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s budget calls for their positions to be eliminated once the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald: Gov. Rick Scott affirms support for Medicaid expansion but sticks to pro-business principles on health policy

Rick Scott swept into the governor’s mansion fueled by his scorn for President Barack Obama’s health reform law. So, when Scott announced last year that he supported expanding Medicaid — a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act — the nation was amazed.


Biscayne-park-rangers-wirelessNational Travelers: Biscayne National Park Rangers Go Wireless To Track Crime

Call it a sign of the times. Law enforcement rangers atBiscayne National Park in Florida have gone wireless with their computer systems in an effort to better track crime, and criminals, in the park.


Sun_SentinelSun Sentinel:   County to pay $55K to victim of chair

Ford was hurt and required back surgery. Her attorney, Joseph North of Fort Myers, argued that the county should have known the chair was “unsafe, hazardous, and dangerous.”





Huffington_Post_Florida_public_EmployeesHuffington Post: An Open Letter to Whoopi Goldberg and ‘The View’ Regarding Teacher Tenure

I am writing you today to shed some light on teacher “tenure,” better described as due process. Your comments over the past week regarding teacher tenure have created much controversy across this nation, but more than that, your words were perceived as an attack on teachers. I personally would like to think that you do value and support the teachers who are working so hard,


florida-public-employees-2016-presidential-check-listTown Hall: See how they run: The 2016 presidential checklist

For a year, The Associated Press has tracked the movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates. The latest presidential prep checklist:


florida-public-employees-TuberculosisRaw Story: Tuberculosis kills 3 in Atlanta homeless shelters

The outbreak has infected 47 people, including two volunteers, linked to four shelters in Atlanta’s Fulton County, said Nancy Nydam, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Health.


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