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Leon County Receives $25K Neighboring Grant

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Leon County Board of County Commissioners recently announced that the Volunteer Generation Fund has awarded Leon County a $25,000 Neighboring Grant, which, in Florida, is called a BEST (Build Engage Sustain Transform) Neighborhoods Grant.

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Four Members of Rainbow Group Arrested

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Four members of the Rainbow of the Living Light, a group of men, women and children who travel the United States and live off the land, were arrested Monday, March 14.

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Credit Card: There's an App for That

Posted: 03/15/2011 - The last thing businesses want to do is turn away sales when someone is eager to buy, but for some local stores that's been a sad reality --- until now. As Eyewitness News reporter Deneige Broom shows us --- there's an app to fix that.

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Ambassadors for Aging Day at the Capitol

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Hundreds of senior citizens from all across Florida gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday for the Ambassador for Aging Day.

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Pons on Merit Pay

Updated: 03/15/2011 - Teacher Merit Pay is up for discussion Tuesday in the House. Many teachers are frustrated by the thought of more testing, and their pay being based on how students perform. Superintendent Jackie Pons weighs in.

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House Takes Up Teacher Tenure Bill

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Debate is raging tonight at the state capitol, as lawmakers battle over merit pay and the end of tenure for more than two hundred thousand teachers in Florida. Unlike last year,as Mike Vasilinda tells us, most teachers choose to stay home for this debate.

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Florida House Beginning Debate on Teacher Pay, Tenure

Posted: 03/15/2011 - The Florida House has begun two long days of debate on a new version of a bill that would set up a merit pay plan for teachers and end tenure for new hires after a similar measure was vetoed last year.

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Legislation Introduced in Fla. to Benefit Injured Veterans

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Senator Alan Hays and Representative Greg Steube unveiled legislation today, March 15, to honor wounded veterans with access to “special hunt areas” in certain state parks.

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[UPDATE] 6 Florida DOC Facilities to Close by This Summer

Updated: 03/16/2011 - The Department of Corrections announced plans Tuesday, March 15, to close three prisons, two boot camp programs and another facility as a way of saving $30 million that agency officials say can be done without releasing any inmates early.

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Cannon, Haridopolos Suggest Veto Overrides

Posted: 03/15/2011 - Vetoes by former Gov. Charlie Crist could still be overridden, House Speaker Dean Cannon reminded House members on March 14 – and sent them fishing for possibilities.

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Vehicle Overturns in Golden Eagle

Updated: 03/15/2011 - Tallahassee firefighters had to use the jaws of life to get a driver out of an overturned vehicle this morning.

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Senate Released Econ Dev. Budget

Posted: 03/15/2011 - With $24.2 million in general revenue cuts and another $200 million cut in trust fund revenues, a Senate budget committee on Monday, March 14, unveiled its first shot at a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

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AARP Watching Phone De-Reg Bill

Posted: 03/15/2011 - The state branch of the AARP began raising concerns Monday, March 15, about a proposed deregulation of telephone rates, which supporters say would simply bring the state’s telecommunications rules into the 21ist century.

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Fla. Medicaid Overhaul: A Geography Question

Posted: 03/15/2011 - A House health-care committee on Monday, March 14, began debating a proposal to overhaul Medicaid, amid questions about how to carve up the state geographically into a managed-care system.

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Worker Gag Bill Squeaks Out of Senate Committee

Posted: 03/15/2011 - A Senate bill that prohibits union dues from being automatically deducted from public employees' paychecks has barely survived a vote out of the Community Affairs Committee.

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Florida Senate Panel Strengthens Drug Monitoring

Posted: 03/15/2011 - A Senate committee has approved a bill sought by Attorney General Pam Bondi to strengthen a prescription monitoring system that Gov. Rick Scott wants to repeal before it even begins.

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