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Panel Okays Judicial Check on Public Hospital Purchases

Posted: 04/22/2011 - With the hospital industry divided on the issue, a House committee on April 21 approved a bill that would require judges to sign off on deals that would shift control of public hospitals to private companies.

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Florida's Medical, Dental Boards Unaware of Crimes

Updated: 04/22/2011 - After 3 years in a federal penitentiary, dentist David Goldston is back in practice in Polk City. He’ll have to fix a lot of teeth to pay off $2 million in tax-fraud penalties, but he doesn’t have to worry about losing his state dental license.

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[UPDATE] Contentious Elections Bill Passes Florida House

Updated: 05/02/2011 - The measure limits when voters can change their addresses at the polls; places new regulations on third-party registration groups; and creates a new panel to set Florida’s presidential preference primary date in hopes of defusing a showdown between state Republicans and the national party.

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Hard Rock Hotel Shooting

Posted: 04/22/2011 - A Tampa police officer is involved in a shooting at a Tampa hotel and casino.

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Baby Found in Bag at Florida Firehouse

Updated: 04/22/2011 - A caller alerted St. Lucie County Fire District officials that a newborn baby was inside a bag left in front of the building.

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Lane Closures Continue on State Road 267

Posted: 04/21/2011 - Motorists traveling State Road 267 between Rocky Comfort Creek and State Road 20 will encounter temporary lane closures, Monday, April 25, through Friday, April 29.

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BP Earmarks One Billion Dollars for Clean Up

Posted: 04/21/2011 - Oil giant BP will send $1 billion to the federal governments and the five Gulf coast states under an agreement announced Thursday to restore habitat damaged by the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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College Students Fear Elections Bill

Updated: 04/22/2011 - The House is poised to pass legislation aimed at reducing voter fraud this afternoon. The bill forces people who update their voter registration information on Election Day to cast a provisional ballot and college students fear that change would keep their vote from counting.

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Pregnant Inmates' Rights

Updated: 04/21/2011 - Pregnant inmates may soon be guaranteed the ability to wave their arms or grip a bed post while they give birth.

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Mothers for Mother Earth Encourages Recycling

Updated: 04/21/2011 - Mothers for Mother Earth is raising awareness about recycling and being kind to mother earth, and they are teaming up with Recycle Tech Corp to do so.

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Local Corrections Officer Arrested on Drug Charges

Updated: 04/22/2011 - The Florida Department of Corrections announced the April 20, 2011 arrest of Jarius Isaiah Edwards, a correctional officer at Jefferson Correctional Institution for intent to sell 100 Hydrocodone pills and 11 grams of cocaine.

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Leaders Differ on Thurston, But Agree on Redistricting Silence

Posted: 04/21/2011 - House Democrats continued pushing April 20th for their leader on redistricting to be appointed to the committee charged with redrawing the state’s political boundaries, as the process opened with warnings to lawmakers to limit their public comments on the once-a-decade undertaking.

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Elections Bill Set to Pass After GOP Beats Amendments

Posted: 04/21/2011 - Supporters of the measure (HB 1355) portrayed the bill -- which stands at more than 4,000 lines after the approval of some Republican amendments -- as an effort to tighten up standards and cut off potential fraud allegations ahead of an expected close presidential election in 2012.

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One Year Later Hope Returns, Challenges Remain

Posted: 04/21/2011 - Gov. Rick Scott spent the first anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster eating seafood and walking along Florida’s sugar sand Panhandle beaches in a marketing effort to get visitors back to the region that lost more than $1 billion in tourism business alone following the disaster.

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