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Governor touts private-sector job growth

Governor touts private-sector job growth

Unemployment rate holds steady at 5.7 percent BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – With the state’s unemployment rate holding steady as Gov. Rick Scott’s second term got underway, he focused Tuesday on private-sector job growth since he first took office. The jobless rate stood at 5.7 percent in January, equaling a […]

No changes to state pensions this year

No changes to state pensions this year

BY BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE  OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The House has abandoned plans to overhaul the state pension plan for public employees, at least for this year, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said Monday. In a statement issued by his office, the Merritt Island Republican said he would not push the issue after getting […]

Crist says he won’t run in ’16

Crist says he won’t run in ’16

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After losing a bid to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November, Democrat Charlie Crist ended speculation Monday that he would run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. “As members of the Florida Democratic Party, we stand for something – fairness, growing the middle class, and policies that strengthen future […]

RAMPANT CORRUPTION

RAMPANT CORRUPTION

Citing murders and organized crime inside the Florida Department of Corrections, former prison inspectors tell lawmakers DOC is too crooked to police itself. COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS TALLAHASSEE – In a blistering condemnation of Florida’s prison system, several current and former prison inspectors told state lawmakers Tuesday that their bosses repeatedly told them to ignore […]

Florida loves ‘Obamacare’

Florida loves ‘Obamacare’

Majority will get financial subsidies BY NOAM N. LEVEY TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU / TNS WASHINGTON – More than 85 percent of Americans who signed up for health coverage this year through the Affordable Care Act qualified for government subsidies, according to a new report that underscores the scope of the aid at a time when […]

Protesters: Backpacks, bullets don’t mix

Protesters: Backpacks, bullets don’t mix

Groups rally at Capitol against campus gun bills BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Guns won’t improve safety at schools where students already encounter a “toxic mix” of alcohol, drugs and the pressure of academics, opponents of a series of campus gun bills argued Monday. Members of Everytown for Gun Safety […]

Seminoles increase efforts to protect Florida wildlife

Seminoles increase efforts to protect Florida wildlife

Hollywood-based tribe one of the country’s largest cattle operations BY DONNA GEHRKE-WHITE SUN SENTINEL (TNS) FORT LAUDERDALE — As development eats away at Florida’s untamed lands, wild animals have found an ally in the Seminole Tribe. The tribe’s 36,000-acre cattle operation on the Brighton Reservation, north of Lake Okeechobee, is an important pathway for migrating […]

Session starts on ‘exceptional’ note

Session starts on ‘exceptional’ note

COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE – Calling on something he termed “Florida exceptionalism,” Gov. Rick Scott used the annual State of the State address Tuesday to try to reinvigorate his legislative agenda after a difficult opening to his second term. During the 21-minute speech, Scott pushed lawmakers to adopt his proposals to slash […]

State leads nation in fraud and identity theft

State leads nation in fraud and identity theft

Florida’s transient population makes it easier for criminals to take advantage BY WILLIAM E. GIBSON AND DONNA GEHRKE-WHITE SUN SENTINEL (TNS) WASHINGTON — Florida remained the hotspot for fraud and identity theft in 2014, burdened by the highest per-person rate of consumer complaints in the nation. Among metropolitan areas, South Florida topped the list for […]

Bullard keynotes FAMU’s Black History Month Convocation

Bullard keynotes FAMU’s Black History Month Convocation

BY ALEXIS GARY SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Florida Sen. Dwight Bullard returned to his alma mater earlier this month as the keynote speaker for Florida A&M University’s Black History Month Convocation. Bullard challenged students to stand up for fellow HBCU South Carolina State University as it battles to stay open. Members of the South […]