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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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Internet, Dosal Tax Supporters Press Argument as Budget Looms

Posted: 04/06/2011 - On the day before lawmakers were set to consider budget plans that make deep cuts in health care and other state spending, supporters of boosting revenues by broadening existing taxes began a pushback on two fronts.

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Scott: APD Has Not Lived Within its Budget

Posted: 04/06/2011 - The financially troubled Agency for Persons with Disabilities “has not lived within its budget,” said Gov. Rick Scott on April 5. He said “everybody just kicked the can and never really held them accountable.”

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"Destination Resort" Bill Clears Committee

Posted: 04/06/2011 - A bill paving the way for up to five “destination resort” casinos to open in Florida finally passed the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee on Tuesday, but prospects for what opponents label a massive expansion in gambling still seem dicey at best.

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Minimum Wage Bill Advances in House

Updated: 04/06/2011 - The state’s constitutionally-mandated minimum wage would grow at a slower rate under a measure that narrowly passed a House committee on April 5, allowing the state to take into account years in which the cost of living goes down.

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GOP Likes Medicaid Block Grants, Liberals Warn of Less Coverage

Posted: 04/06/2011 - Florida Republicans reacted favorably to a Congressional GOP proposal to send Medicaid money to the states in block grants, freeing them from the coverage and enrollment criteria that currently come with the matching money.

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Crimestoppers: Thief Steals Bikes From Car Rack

Updated: 04/05/2011 - During the evening of Thursday, March 24th, an unknown w/m suspect stole two bicycles that were locked in a bike rack on the victim’s car at the Best Western hotel on Apalachee Parkway.

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LCSO's Sergeant Folsom Wins Two Bronze Medals in Pan Am Games

Posted: 04/05/2011 - LCSO’s Sergeant Larry Folsom recently won two bronze medals while competing in the 2011 Pan Am Games in Irvine, California. The Pan Am Games is an international competition hosting thousands of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors.

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USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger

Posted: 04/05/2011 - Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s (TMH) Vogter Neuro Intensive Care Unit (VNICU) will benefit from a 12th year of philanthropic support from the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, the only professional men’s Challenger series event in North Florida and South Georgia.

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Gov. Scott Surprised at Legislature's Slow Pace

Updated: 04/05/2011 - Rick Scott says he's surprised at how long it takes for the Legislature to do its work. Scott was speaking at an April 5th press conference after the Cabinet meeting. He also said that state workers don't get the credit they deserve.

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