Education
11:44 am
Fri April 24, 2015

New Law Lets School Districts Eliminate Final Exams

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School districts across Florida are cancelling tests thanks to a new state law. The law ends the requirement for schools to have a final exam in every class.

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Environment
11:33 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Former Environmental Secretary Sees Lawmaker 'Hostility' Toward Land Acquisition

Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1 last November. It’s also known as the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment. It sets aside a portion of real estate fees for the next 20 years to fund environmental protection. The fees are worth $750 million next year. But the Florida Legislature is dragging its feet on setting rules to divvy up the funds.

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Nursing Homes
10:01 am
Fri April 24, 2015

FL To Add 500 New Nursing Home Beds

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:42 am

 Nearly thirty companies will be competing to build new nursing homes in Florida. And with 1,700 applications for only about 500 new beds, competition will be fierce.

Florida just ended a 15-year moratorium on new nursing home construction.

Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek said this could be the last big round of new nursing homes because of a cap.

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Politics
10:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

House Republicans Make Budget Offer

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:30 am

 Top Republicans in the Florida House made an offer Thursday to try to bridge a budget gap with Senate Republicans, but it could still result in the state's hospitals getting significantly less than they are receiving now.

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Law Enforcement
9:59 am
Fri April 24, 2015

FBI Report: Florida Affected By Flawed FBI Hair Analysis Testimony

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:54 am

 

According to an FBI report released this week, almost all of the FBI’s experts who conducted microscopic hair analysis gave flawed testimony in criminal trials.

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