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Hillsborough Superintendent: Deficit Spending "Can't Continue"

It was with great fanfare in 2009 that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced it was giving $100 million to Hillsborough County schools for a program called Empowering Effective Teachers -- one of just three public school districts in the country awarded the grant. At the time, it was at the forefront of the movement to pay teachers for performance, rather than seniority.Now, the district won't be getting a fifth of that money. And the consequences to the school district's budget are coming clear. Increases in teacher pay and bonuses haven't been matched by the Gates Foundation money or other revenue, forcing the school district to dip into its financial reserves.
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Pharmacy Panel Addresses Patient Problems

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Acknowledging that it isn't a "magic button," a Florida Board of Pharmacy committee on Monday gave preliminary approval to an attempt at curbing the "pharmacy crawl" forced on patients who can't get their pain medications filled.

Children's Cabinet Pushes To Expand KidCare

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The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet is calling on lawmakers to help the children of legal immigrants get health coverage through KidCare, a subsidized insurance program that serves children from low- and moderate-income families.

On Monday, four days after the ship vanished, the Coast Guard concluded the ship El Faro sank near the Bahamas in about 15,000 feet of water. One unidentified body in a survival suit was spotted, and the search went on for any trace of the other crew members. The search was continuing today.

A new report by federal investigators says Florida has consistently underperformed other states in using federal mortgage assistance money to help desperate homeowners facing foreclosure.

Leaders with the Florida Legislature are moving ahead with plans to hold a 19-day special session this fall.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner on Monday officially announced a special session to redraw the state's 40 Senate districts. The move comes after the Senate acknowledged this summer that it violated the state constitution by creating maps that benefit Republicans and incumbents.

The session will begin at noon on Oct. 19 and last until Nov. 6.

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The Justice Department and five states have finalized a settlement of more than $20 billion arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The deal announced Monday resolves all civil claims against BP and ends five years of legal fighting over the nearly 134 million-gallon spill.

This other struggle involves the competition among former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. History suggests that whoever emerges triumphant in this three-way rivalry will be in a strong position to claim the nomination, though admittedly the past has been a poor predictor of events so far in this campaign.

The 41-year old Re­pub­lic­an first ran for elec­ted of­fice just over a year ago in a spe­cial House elec­tion that drew na­tion­al at­ten­tion and big spend­ing in the slightly Demo­crat­ic-tilt­ing dis­trict. But Jolly is a vic­tim of re­dis­trict­ing: a mid-dec­ade re­draw of Flor­ida’s con­gres­sion­al lines makes his dis­trict sig­ni­fic­antly more Demo­crat­ic. Left with little hope of re­tain­ing the seat, Jolly im­me­di­ately began pre­paring for a Sen­ate bid. Jolly hin­ts that his mod­el of break­ing with his party fits his evenly di­vided con­gres­sion­al dis­trict, it’s not one that’s won him any fa­vor with con­ser­vat­ive groups.

Supreme Court Gets Pot Amendment For Review

Oct 5, 2015

A revamped proposal that would legalize marijuana for patients with certain medical conditions is in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court, which will decide if the ballot initiative meets the criteria to go before voters next year.

Stay Of Execution Lifted For Death Row Inmate

Oct 5, 2015

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday lifted a stay of execution for a Death Row inmate who argued that the state's lethal-injection method would violate his constitutional rights.


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