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Proposed Florida Law Would Tell Employers to Butt Out of Employees’ Social Media Accounts

| October 6, 2015

The measure, which is filed for the 2016 legislative session, would prohibit employers from requesting access to private social media accounts, but pressure from business caused it to fail in two previous years.

Yet Another Sales Tax “Holiday” Proposal, For Two Months, This Time for Military Veterans

| October 5, 2015

The military veteran sales tax break would last from Nov. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016, just in time for the holidays, but competes with other breaks.

Psychiatry as Industry of Death: Scientology Blitzes Shrinks in New Clearwater Museum

| October 4, 2015

The museum, “Psychiatry: Industry of Death,” occupies most of the 1st floor of new headquarters for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights in Clearwater. The Church of Scientology has long been at odds with the field of psychiatry.

In Plantation Bay, 1,600 Customers Are Stuck Between Cruddy Water and Cruddier Bills

| October 2, 2015

As Flagler government fully acquires the Plantation bay utility from Bunnell, residents have seen water bills more than double, and may see further rate increases yet if the shoddy water plant is to be improved.

Quadruple Murderer Jerry Correll Will be Executed as Florida Supreme Court Lifts Stay

| October 2, 2015

The unanimous decision issued today clears the execution by lethal injection. Correll murdered his wife, 5-year-old daughter, mother in law and her sister in Orlando in 1985.

At Least 10 Killed at Oregon College Where Students Are Allowed to Carry Guns

| October 1, 2015

A gunman murdered at least 10 people and wounded at least 20 Thursday morning at Umpqua Community College in Southwest Oregon, in one of seven states where guns on campus are allowed.

Florida Senate Will Consider Removing Confederate Flag From Its Seal

| October 1, 2015

It is the latest reflection of the persisting backlash against the presence of the Confederate flag in public spaces. Senate President Andy Gardiner and Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner pushed for the reconsideration. A committee will do so next week.

Growers Defend Annual Burning of Sugarcane Fields as Environmentalists Prepare to Sue

| September 30, 2015

The burns, regulated by the Florida Forest Service, are intended to make it easier for harvest machines to cut down and collect the stalks, but they emit pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde.

Cabinet Outvotes Gov. Scott to Buy Ranch Lands at Near Appraised-Value Price

| September 29, 2015

Florida Cabinet members agreed Tuesday to spend $7.8 million to conserve two large tracts of ranch land over objections from Gov. Rick Scott, who said he wanted a better deal on one of the parcels.

Rick Scott, Who Made Millions as Hospital CEO, Now Faults Hospital Costs

| September 28, 2015

The proposals are the latest in a series of moves by Scott, who made millions as CEO of HCA/Columbia, to revamp the hospital industry. The Legislature will have to enact his proposals.

Fearing Costs of Long and Losing Battle, Flagler Beach Surrenders to Sea Ray

| September 28, 2015

Flagler Beach government approved a settlement agreement, 3-2, that ends its challenge of Sea Ray’s parking lot plans and the county’s land use changes.

School Superintendents Have “Lost Confidence” in Florida’s Student Accountability System

| September 27, 2015

The rebuke comes after months of controversy about the new Florida Standards Assessment, which was plagued by technical problems this spring, including computer glitches and a cyberattack.

New Laws Next Week On Revenge Porn, Domestic Violence, Trafficking, Cop Funerals

| September 25, 2015

Among 27 new Florida laws starting next week, it’ll be illegal to post sexually explicit material without the knowledge of people identified in the images, criminal penalties will increase on sex trafficking, the state may spend $5,000 on cop funerals.

Florida Teens’ Taste for E-Cigarettes Now More than Double That of Tobacco Sticks

| September 24, 2015

Some 6.9 percent of Florida high-school students smoke cigarettes, but 15.8 percent use electronic cigarettes, which allow inhalation of vaporized nicotine.

Trump Leads By Far Among Florida Republicans as Rubio Leaps Ahead of Bush

| September 23, 2015

Donald Trump leads with 31.5 percent in a GOP primary, in Florida Atlantic University poll, followed by Rubio in second place with 19.2 percent, followed by Bush at 11.3 percent, Carson at 10.3 percent and Carly Fiorina at 8.3 percent.

Florida’s Foster Children Are Still Being Medicated Without Proper Oversight

| September 22, 2015

Just a fifth of the 2,434 children in state foster care had proper consent-form and other requirements to be subjected to psychotropic drugs, according to UF research.

Doctors and Pharmacists Complain: Patients Aren’t Getting Their Pain Meds Fast Enough

| September 21, 2015

Pharmacists complain that distributors are limiting their supply of powerful narcotics, forcing the pharmacists to ration their limited stock to their regular patients.

Worrisome Study in Hand, Lawmakers Question Tying Teacher Salaries to Test Scores

| September 20, 2015

The study supported the use of the Florida Standards Assessment for school grades and teacher evaluations but said that “the FSA scores for some students will be suspect” because of the computer glitches.

John Thrasher on Campus Guns, FSU’s Alleged Inferiority and Marco Rubio’s Oats

| September 19, 2015

Florida State University President John Thrasher talks about Rubio trash-talking FSU, his opposition to guns on campus, academic freedom and having the time of his life.

State Targets Two More Abortion Clinics as Scott Tightens Vise on Women’s Health

| September 18, 2015

The latest clinics to be fined for allegedly performing 2nd trimester abortions, including Bread and Roses in Gainesville, aren’t affiliated with Planned Parenthood but are cited on similar grounds.

Florida’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.3% and to 6.3% in Flagler as Employment Grows

| September 18, 2015

In Flagler the ranks of the unemployed declined from 2,809 to 2,688, a reduction of 121, and a reduction of 745 over the year. The labor force, however, remains below where it was last year.

FHP’s Cpl. Pete Young, Flagler’s Longest-Serving Cop By Far, Earns Singular Medal

| September 17, 2015

With 500 traffic homicide investigations and into his 5th decade in law enforcement, Pete Young is the longest-serving uniformed cop in Flagler-Palm Coast. He has no plans to stop.

Cocked Again, College-Campus Gun Bill Makes It Through First Two Legislative Hurdles

| September 16, 2015

The concealed-carry legislation won support from criminal-justice committees in the Florida House and Senate but is widely opposed by academic leaders.

Federal Bureaucracy Is the Monster Killing the Florida Everglades

| September 15, 2015

Federal regulations keep water from flowing south into Everglades National Park, where it could save a freshwater-dependent ecosystem dying of thirst, argues Nancy Smith.

Senate Leader Balks as Gov. Scott Seeks $85 Million in Business Incentives and Recruitment

| September 15, 2015

Senate President Andy Gardiner says the $53 million to Enterprise Florida is adequate, with $43 million for incentives and $10 million for marketing.

Facing Lawsuit from Florida Carry, FSU Scraps Gun Ban in Cars on Football Game Day

| September 10, 2015

The changes to the school’s “Game Day Plan 2015” guide for fans won’t holster the legal challenge by Florida Carry Inc. as legislators again consider allowing concealed weapons on campus.

Citing “Thousands” Of Untested Rape Kits, Bondi Seeks More Money For Crime Labs

| September 9, 2015

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is expected to request an additional $35 million in funding during the 2016 legislative session, including $7.76 million to raise the base salaries of people working in crime labs.

Confederate General Is Out, Henry Flagler May Be In as Florida Lawmaker Seeks Capitol Statue Switch

| September 8, 2015

The bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1922. It would be replaced by the likes of Henry Flagler or Walt Disney under a bill filed Tuesday by Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, a Republican.

Utilities Take Credit, But Lower Power Bills In 2016 Are Due to Cheaper Coal and Gas

| September 4, 2015

An FPL customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours a month currently pays $96.72. That number is projected to drop to $93.24 in January before going to $94.86 in June.

Split Florida Conservation Commission Approves Letting Hunters Kill 10% of Bear Population in 4 Regions

| September 2, 2015

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission cleared the killing of at least 320 black bears for two to seven days in October, the first bear-hunting season in two decades.



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