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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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The U.S. recently opened its shuttered embassy in Havana, but relations between the U.S. and Cuba are still far from normal. And emotions on both sides of the debate about normalization are still running high. That was evident Monday night during a debate at the Centro Asturiano club, hosted by the Tampa Tiger Bay Club.

  It seems Florida lawmakers aren't the only ones who can't agree. Residents also are divided over key economic and social issues, according to the latest release of the Sunshine State Survey.

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Refueling air crews from Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base are flying daily support missions in the U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State.

And their mission got more complicated this week when the Russians started flying airstrikes in the same Syrian air space.

Air Force Col. Daniel Tulley – commander of MacDill and the 6th Air Mobility Wing – said radar and other technologies help U.S. aircraft avoid confrontations with the Russians while aloft.

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The Florida Orchestra has begun its 48th season, and the orchestra has a new music director. 

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.


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