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South Florida Man Convicted for Armed Drug Trafficking

Updated: 04/07/2011 - Lawrence Berry, Jr., 44, of Opalocka, was convicted of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking offenses, and possessing a firearm after a felony conviction, announced Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

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Diseased Trees Tumble Across Tallahassee

Updated: 04/07/2011 - Roaring winds ripped through south Georgia and North Florida landing many trees in driveways, across roads and even on homes. Because of it, some homeowners learned the hard lesson that even trees can get sick. Folks are now looking up and thinking twice.

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Cannon Scales Back Major Court Reforms

Posted: 04/06/2011 - In response to criticism from court officials and other “stakeholders”, House Speaker Dean Cannon on Wednesday scaled back ambitious court reform proposals by jettisoning a bill making it harder for elected judges to stay in office.

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[UPDATE] Senate Moderates Florida Public Employee Pension Bill

Updated: 04/07/2011 - New plans to ask state employees to contribute to their pensions and increase their contribution to their health insurance emerged from the Senate as lawmakers began debate on a spending plan that some veteran legislators said was perhaps the toughest they had ever considered.

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FSU and VSU Baseball Fans Are Ready for a Match up

Posted: 04/06/2011 - It's not everyday that Florida State and Valdosta State cross paths in athletics. But when VSU heard there was a chance to come to Tallahassee and play in one of the biggest games in the programs history, they jumped at the chance.

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Nurses Rally at the Capitol for Safety Net Hospital Funding

Posted: 04/06/2011 - More than a hundred Florida nurses gather at the state capitol hoping to convince state legislators to approve funding for a South Florida safety-net hospital. Hospital staff members say Governor Scott is withholding those funds, which were promised to them in 2010.

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Poll Finds FL Governor Unpopular

Posted: 04/06/2011 - Governor Rick Scott’s job approval rating has stayed the same, at 35 percent, but according to a Quinnipiac Poll released today (4-6), the percentage of voters who disapprove of the new governor has more than doubled.

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Innovation Park Gets Settlement

Posted: 04/06/2011 - Innovation Park board has reached a settlement agreement in relation to embezzlement by a former officer manager.

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Disability Cuts Anger Medicaid Patients

Posted: 04/06/2011 - Hundreds of disabled people are calling on Governor Rick Scott to restore money he cut last week from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. People with mental retardation, cerebral palsy and spina bifida were at the capitol protesting the emergency cuts. They invited the governor, but he left the capitol before the rally began.

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Gadsden County Administrator Terminated

Updated: 04/06/2011 - Gadsden County Administrator Johnny Williams is out of a job. According to Assistant County Administrator Arthur Lawson, the commissioners recently evaluated Williams' performance and he rated a 2.6 out of 5 based on his job performance.

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New Online System Helps Teachers Evaluate Students

Posted: 04/06/2011 - The Florida Department of Education has launched the Math Formative Assessment System (MFAS), a collection of tools, resources and professional development for teachers of kindergarten through third grade.

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Florida Housing Launches Statewide Hardest-Hit Fund Program

Posted: 04/06/2011 - The Florida Housing Finance Corporation announced that unemployed or underemployed homeowners in Florida, who are having difficulty paying their mortgages, will be able to apply for financial assistance from the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund starting April 18th.

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[UPDATE] Florida's State Courts Won't Close

Updated: 04/07/2011 - Chief Justice Charles Canady and Gov. Rick Scott's Office have agreed on a plan to loan money from reserves to Florida's court system to avoid furloughs and curtailing some legal services through May.

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Narcotics Operation Leads to 13 Arrests

Posted: 04/06/2011 - A 12 day long undercover narcotics operation netted Wakulla County Sheriff’s office investigators 13 of the 17 suspects they were seeking with arrests related to a variety of narcotics charges including methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills.

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FWC Officer, Employee Honored at Commission Meeting

Posted: 04/06/2011 - Shikar-Safari Club International honored Officer Marc Shea, of Naples, as its Officer of the Year. The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County Inc. paid tribute to Pat Harrell, of Tallahassee, with a Beacon of Light award.

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Senate Property Insurance Package to Floor

Posted: 04/06/2011 - Yet another rewrite of the state’s property insurance law is headed to the Senate floor, over continued opposition from consumer advocates.

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Leon County Offers Local Summer Youth Employment Opportunity

Updated: 04/17/2011 - The Annual Summer Youth Training Program is designed to allow students to obtain work experience in a real-world environment. For six weeks, participants between the ages of 14 and 21 will be introduced to the workplace, gain valuable employment skills and earn a modest summer income.

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