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Teachers Union Sues to Block Ballot Measure

Updated: 07/21/2011 - Accusing the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature of trying to dismantle the separation of church and state, a coalition of public school advocates and religious leaders filed a lawsuit challenging a ballot measure that would allow the state to funnel money to religious institutions.

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Budget Hawks Eye Nursing Home Voluntary Tax

Posted: 07/21/2011 - Already grappling with $187.5 million in state budget cuts this year, Florida nursing homes are worried they could get squeezed further in the battle over federal spending.

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Unions Versus Rick Scott

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Two separate lawsuits announced this week challenge Governor Rick Scott and provisions he either signed into law or supported through the legislative process. One suit seeks to block the privatization of 18 Florida prisons. Another is aimed at blocking state dollars from funding religious schools.

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Removing Tattoos to Get Better Jobs

Updated: 07/21/2011 - Millions of people are looking for jobs. Many of them are trying to find better ways to brand themselves in a tough job market. For some that may mean reversing branding they've already done.

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal in Broad Smoker Case

Updated: 07/20/2011 - In a decision with huge implications for lawsuits against tobacco companies, the Florida Supreme Court declined to hear R.J. Reynolds appeal of a $28.3 million verdict in the death of a Panhandle smoker.

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Advocate Says Castle Key Requests Largely Reasonable

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Citing higher reinsurance costs and a new loss model, representatives of Castle Key Insurance Co. told regulators that a requested statewide premium increase of at least 31 percent is not adequate and the company will return next year for another round of requests.

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Congressional Campaign Finance Numbers

Posted: 07/20/2011 - Totals for second quarter fundraising were due July 16 to the Federal Election Commission for candidates for federal office. Following are fundraising totals for the incumbents running for Congress in Florida and some challengers who have begun raising money.

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Ashes Returned

Posted: 07/20/2011 - A Florida man's ashes are returned two weeks after they were taken.

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House Approves 'Cut, Cap, and Balance' Deal

Updated: 07/20/2011 - Leaders in Washington are making some headway in the debt ceiling crisis. Last night (7-19) the House passed the "cut, cap and balance" deficit reduction plan backed by tea party conservatives. Another proposal created by a bipartisan group is also getting attention. However time is running out to reach an agreement and avoid default.

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GOP Lawmaker Unleashes Email Tirade at Colleague

Posted: 07/19/2011 - A Republican congressman from Florida has taken to email to call one of his Democratic colleagues from the state "vile, despicable and cowardly" after she criticized his stance on Medicare in a House speech.

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Brogan's Five By Five Campaign

Updated: 07/19/2011 - The Brogan museum has been making a positive impact in the community for 11 years. Now they are turning to the community so that they can continue this.

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