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Fasano: Prison Cut Questions Will Go On

Posted: 02/16/2011 - The chairman of the Senate’s criminal justice budget committee said Tuesday he will not back down from criticizing Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to lay off hundreds of state corrections employees, despite calls from the chief budget writer in the chamber for him to apologize for badgering the governor’s aides.

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Fla. Officials Split on Pill Mill Database

Posted: 02/16/2011 - The Senate’s Republican Health and Human Services budget chair is joining the chorus of state officials who want to kill a statewide prescription drug database even though his boss, Senate President Mike Haridopolos is among its backers.

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Car and Semi Accident on I-10

Posted: 02/16/2011 - A car and semi-truck were involved in an accident on I-10, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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Alexander: Scott Prison Plan Worth Considering

Posted: 02/16/2011 - The Senate’s chief budget writer said Feb. 15 it is worth considering Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to cut the Corrections Department by $82.4 million next year and close two prisons, despite criticism from the chairman of the committee that writes the criminal justice budget.

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Fire Destroys Crawfordville Home

House Fire

Updated: 02/16/2011 - A 59-year-old Crawfordville woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter escaped injury when their mobile home caught fire and burned down at 3:12 p.m. on Feb. 15.

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DCA Workers Express Fear, Concerns to Scott

Updated: 02/16/2011 - Beleaguered state workers at an agency with a Rick Scott bullseye on it vented their worries directly to the governor on Tuesday, Feb. 15 expressing concerns and skepticism about his plan to shrink government, and change retirement benefits for its employees.

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Crawfordville Residents React to Hilton Verdict

Posted: 02/15/2011 - Many Crawfordville residents are breathing a sigh of relief after hearing the man who murdered one of their hometown neighbors won't ever walk the streets as a free man again.

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[UPDATE] Senate Rolls Out Medicaid Reform Details

Updated: 02/16/2011 - The Florida senator taking the lead role on changing the Medicaid system released on Feb. 15 tidbits of what a comprehensive overhaul will look like this year, saying the state will push more patients into managed care, expand the I-Budget program for the developmentally disabled and potentially chip away at optional services for recipients.

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Top U.S. Riders and Horses Enter Red Hills!

Updated: 02/24/2011 - Six riders who represented the United States at the World Equestrian Games this past fall have entered Red Hills International Horse Trials and will be competing in Tallahassee the weekend of March 11 - 13.

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[UPDATE] Senate Committee Approves Merit Pay

Posted: 02/17/2011 - The Florida House’s Prek-20 Competitiveness Subcommittee filed its version of a teacher quality bill that has been approved by two Senate committees so far.

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Lawsuit Claims Some Gadsden County Leaders are Racist

Updated: 02/15/2011 - A 20-page law suit is filed this morning. In the documents are claims a commissioner and county administrator tried to "purge" upper level black employees out of the Gadsden County system.

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Monitoring Your Privacy

Posted: 02/22/2011 - For years, parents have used baby monitors to hear their children when out of the room. As advancements were made, the simple audio devices evolved to include motion sensors and even video, but these conveniences also open you up to eavesdropping from those outside your home.

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[UPDATE] State Farm Questioned Over Rate Request

Updated: 02/16/2011 - State Farm property policyholders in higher risk areas could see premium increases of 40 percent or more on their homes under a 27.9 percent average rate hike request that insurance officials said Tuesday will shock many customers and place an increased burden on the state-run pool.

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BP Claims Czar Called on the Carpet

Posted: 02/15/2011 - Complaints over BP’s Claims process are reaching a fever pitch and state lawmakers in Florida have had enough. As Whitney Ray tells us, they’ve invited the BP Claims Czar to Tallahassee to find out why Florida businesses aren’t getting paid.

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City Official Removed Over Sunshine Law Violation

Posted: 02/15/2011 - A Wauchula city commissioner has been removed from office for Sunshine Law violations and four other elected leaders of the small southwest Florida town have resigned.

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Anglers Catching Super-Big Bass in Central Florida

Posted: 02/15/2011 - Mack will receive a “Big Catch” angler recognition certificate and 10-pounder club “Trophy Award” pin from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), with a “released” endorsement.

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