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Weekly Roundup - The Education of Mr.Robinson

Posted: 06/25/2011 - In naming Gerard Robinson as Florida’s next education commissioner, the state Board of Education this week turned to someone with a compelling background --- and an affinity for school-choice programs.

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Melons, Melons, Melons

Posted: 06/25/2011 - The Watermelon Festival in Chipley has been running now for 55 years, and despite the extreme drought across the Panhandle, most farmers have managed to salvage their crops.

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Background Check Veto

Updated: 06/25/2011 - After cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for nursing homes and after-school programs, Governor Scott's going a step further.

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Feds Eye Tougher Measures to Protect Sea Turtles

Posted: 06/24/2011 - Federal regulators say they're considering new restrictions on Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast shrimpers because of the damage the industry is causing to threatened and endangered sea turtles.

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Florida Panel Rejects Federal Funds for Elderly

Posted: 06/24/2011 - A legislative panel has rejected a $2.1 million federal grant designed to help remove patients from nursing homes and provide them with similar care in their own homes.

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[UPDATE] Group Says It Will Sue Over Docs vs Guns Bill

Posted: 06/24/2011 - Thousands of Florida doctors and an anti-gun violence group want a Miami federal judge to immediately block enforcement of a new state law barring physicians from discussing firearms with patients. .

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Firefighter Laid to Rest

Posted: 06/24/2011 - The first of two fallen Florida firefighters was laid to rest today. The men died Monday fighting a wildfire in North Florida. The battle to extinguish Florida’s 350-thousand burning acres continues as friends and family of the fallen mourn.

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M.A.P.P. -- Navigating to Healthier Futures

Updated: 06/27/2011 - M.A.P.P. stands for "Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership." Health officials are recruiting community members and partners to help the county navigate their way to a healthier future.

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Fireworks for the Fourth?

Posted: 06/24/2011 - Floridians are encouraged to let their patriotism shine this Independence Day with fireworks, but they are urged to consider several safety tips.

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Universities Want Dental Schools, But is Need There?

Posted: 06/24/2011 - Does Florida need more dentists? That’s the question at hand as the governing board for the state university system prepares to consider whether to allow more universities, such as FAMU, to offer dental schools.

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[UPDATE] Florida School Lunch Oversight Changed

Posted: 06/24/2011 - Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation that transfers oversight of the state’s school lunch program to state agriculture officials, who will now be responsible for providing meals to the state’s 2.6 million school children.

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