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Firms to See Jobless Tax go up Jan 1.

Posted: 11/04/2011 - Business owners who two years ago paid $8.40 per employee in unemployment taxes will see their bill go up to $172 starting Jan. 1 as the state continues to reel from a lingering recession, sluggish payroll growth and double digit unemployment.

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FL Supreme Court Sides with WMD in "Taking" Dispute

Posted: 11/04/2011 - In a case watched by developers, environmentalists and government agencies, the Florida Supreme Court sided with the St. Johns River Water Management District in a long-running dispute about the "taking" of property.

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Destination Resort Sponsors Play Defense

Posted: 11/04/2011 - In response to a growing chorus of opposition to the destination resorts casino bill, the lawmakers sponsoring the proposal spent an hour defending it to a roomful of reporters, saying it would better regulate gambling and provide jobs.

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No-Kill Bill: Measure Would Require Keeping Strays Alive

Updated: 11/04/2011 - Stray animals would have to be sent to non-profit no-kill animal rescue organizations instead of euthanized by public shelters under a bill filed in the Legislature by a Republican senator.

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Agriculture Adventures

Posted: 11/04/2011 - More than 250 first graders in Jackson county spent the day in the fields earning about everything from cows to corn. It was a part of the 4H agriculture awareness program.

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Merit Pay Update

Posted: 11/03/2011 - This is the first school year Florida teachers will be evaluated based on their students’ test scores. By 2013, teachers can be fired for back to back years of poor scores and in 2014, pay can be cut if students don’t test well. The merit pay system was adopted to pay the best teachers more, it is unclear if there will be any money for merit raises.

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Another Day in the Life of Rick Scott

Updated: 11/03/2011 - Governor Rick Scott was elected to his first elective office, the Governorship of Florida, one year ago this week. Much of the last year has been on the job training. His successes, and there have been some, are due in part to the Governor’s discipline.

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PSC Hosts Water/Wastewater Industry Workshop

Posted: 11/03/2011 - Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) hosted a workshop for water and wastewater utilities, state agencies, associations, and legislators to discuss ways to hold down rates.

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Florida Appeals Drug-Testing Decision

Posted: 11/03/2011 - The state filed a brief on Thursday with a federal court saying it will appeal a decision temporarily setting aside a controversial law requiring drug tests for welfare recipients.

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ACCESS Card Offers New Look, Improved Security

Posted: 11/03/2011 - New cards feature a lighthouse design and are replacing the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which has a flag design, to increase security and durability.

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TCC to Hold Dedication Ceremony for Bill Hebrock Eagledome

Posted: 11/03/2011 - Tallahassee Community College will hold a dedication ceremony for the newly named Bill Hebrock Eagledome on Friday, November 4 prior to the College’s 8 p.m. men’s basketball game against Gordon (Ga.) College.

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