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Teacher Merit Pay: SB6 is Back

Posted: 01/28/2011 - State lawmakers spent two days this week soliciting ideas from teachers and others about how to implement merit pay and eliminate tenure. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the hearings are in stark contrast to last year, when a merit pay bill was ram-rodded through the process with no input from teachers.

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Florida Prepaid Deadline

Posted: 01/28/2011 - The clock is ticking to lock in today’s tuition prices for your future college student. At midnight Monday, open enrollment in the Florida Prepaid College program ends. As Whitney Ray tells us, the plans are more expensive than ever before but so are the expected savings.

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[UPDATE] TPD and LCSO on Scene of "Barricaded Subject"

Updated: 01/28/2011 - A wanted man barricades himself behind closed doors as the voice of a U.S. marshal serving a warrant echoed through a Tallahassee neighborhood. Law Enforcement took extra steps for protection in the wake of a pair of cop killings within the past 8 days..

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Florida Speaker Has Trouble Getting Health Care Info

Posted: 01/28/2011 - House Speaker Dean Cannon says state agencies have been "less than responsive" to his request for information on their roles in implementing the federal health care overhaul.

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Weems Medical Center East Opens

Posted: 01/28/2011 - The first phase of modernizing Franklin county's health care infrastructure, while improving access to clinical care, is now complete with the opening of Weems Medical Center East in Carrabelle.

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Favorable Weather Leads to High Manatee Count

Posted: 01/28/2011 - Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported a preliminary count of 4,840 manatees statewide during the annual synoptic survey. The survey took place Jan. 20 and Jan. 24.

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Anti-Regulation Wave Engulfs Water Debate

Posted: 01/28/2011 - Hoping to capitalize on the flood of anti-regulation rhetoric in Tallahassee since the inauguration of Gov. Rick Scott, utilities and business groups pushed lawmakers Jan. 27 to loosen the rules in the age-old debate about water management and economic growth.

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Maya Angelou Comes to FAMU

Posted: 01/28/2011 - Maya Angelou spoke to a crowd of nearly 6,000 people with songs, poetry, stories and words of wisdom at Florida A&M University (FAMU) as part of the University’s Lyceum Series.

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Lawmaker Dials Down Rhetoric in Immigration Talks

Posted: 01/28/2011 - The Legislature’s point man on immigration retreated substantially from an Arizona-style proposal Thursday, raising the possibility that law enforcement officers could only check a person’s immigrant status if he or she is being investigated for criminal wrongdoing.

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Monroe Street Gets a Facelift

Posted: 01/28/2011 - Beginning Monday night, January 31, Monroe Street commuters can expect intermittent lane closures between State Road (SR) 61 (Thomasville Road) and Perkins Street.

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Scott: Recreate Department of Commerce

Posted: 01/28/2011 - Saying the state must streamline or perish, Gov. Rick Scott on Jan. 27 told business leaders he wants to resurrect a Department of Commerce under his control that would coordinate economic development efforts from an office “two doors down” from his own.

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