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Proposed Legislation Raises Concerns for Leon County

Updated: 03/05/2012 - The Florida Senate has proposed a statutory change that would require every county, including Leon, to pay potentially erroneous, old Medicaid bills and withhold counties’ half-cent sales tax distribution for Medicaid on a monthly basis, regardless of the bill’s accuracy.

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House Passes Charter Bill Without Construction Aid

Posted: 03/04/2012 - The House approved a charter school bill Friday without a construction provision favored by the schools, though the sponsor of the Senate version says he hasn't given up on using taxpayer money to provide for construction of charter facilities.

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Florida House Gives UF and FSU More Say on Tuition

Posted: 03/04/2012 - The House approved a measure Thursday that would allow the University of Florida and Florida State University to raise tuition by virtually unlimited amounts, a higher education overhaul that could run into resistance from Gov. Rick Scott even if it passes the Senate.

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Negotiators Bump Key HHS Issues to Budget Bosses

Posted: 03/04/2012 - House and Senate negotiators could not reach agreement Friday about key issues in the roughly $30 billion health and human services budget, including Medicaid rate cuts for hospitals and nursing homes and spending on substance-abuse and mental-health treatment programs.

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Schoolyard Fight: What Can Parents Do About Failing Schools?

Posted: 03/04/2012 - Legislation that would give parents more ability to determine how to make over a failing school was rammed through a Senate committee on Saturday, a likely preview of a contentious floor fight over charter schools, unions and parental support.

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Home Show Promotes Natural Gas

Posted: 03/04/2012 - The City of Tallahassee showcased its Clean Energy Pavilion at this week's North Florida Home Show.

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Students Help Build Home

Updated: 03/04/2012 - Students from Grand Valley State University in Michigan made their way down to Tallahassee Sunday (3-4-12).

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Fatal Jump

Posted: 03/04/2012 - Authorities say a Putnam County man died when he jumped off a bridge and struck a boat.

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Senate Sets Saturday Meeting on Florida Trigger Bill

Posted: 03/02/2012 - The Senate is holding an unusual late-session Budget Committee meeting on a controversial bill to let parents "trigger" turnaround plans for failing public schools by majority vote.

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Graduating from Florida College Could Change

Posted: 03/02/2012 - State lawmakers this year are pushing a plan that could change how long it takes college students to graduate -- and what courses they have to take in order to get a diploma.

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36 Claims Bills, One Week Left

Posted: 03/02/2012 - There are 36 claims bills worth more than 100 million dollars awaiting legislative approval. Yesterday Governor Rick Scott rushed to sign legislation to pay restitution to a man who spent 27 years behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit. The claims process can take years because after the judge decides the victim is owed money, state lawmakers still have to sign off on the deal.

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[UPDATE] Boys Choir to Sing For Obama

Updated: 03/02/2012 - The Tallahassee Boys Choir leaves for Selma, Alabama. It has been selected as the only choir to sing at the Bloody Sunday event in Salem on March 4.

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House Could Pass Random Drug Testing Bill

Posted: 03/02/2012 - For the second year in a row, state lawmakers are treading on questionable ground in voting to test for drugs. The state House today approved random drug testing for state employees, but lawmakers and the Governor are zero for two when it comes to sniffing out illegal substances.

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Is Jackson County's Russ House Haunted?

Posted: 03/02/2012 - Ghost busters at Emerald Coast Paranormal Concepts plan to converge on the building near downtown Marianna Saturday night.

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