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Florida News 2014 (scroll down)

Family & Holidays: Sometimes Less is More

FDOT's Petihomme Enlightens Planning Council on Fed Funds for Hometown Projects

Billions Available for FL Gulf Restoration
National Wildlife Federation Has a Plan

Report Highlights Unsafe Toys in Time for Xmas

Florida HIV Cases Rank 2nd Highest in Nation

Holiday Air Travel? Know Your Passenger Rights

FL PSC Decision on Energy Efficiency Expected Today

FL Walmart Workers Join Fight for Better Wages, Working Conditions

Obama's Executive Order Could Affect Up to 900,000 Florida Immigrants

Helping FL's Youngest Residents - A Family Affair

445,000 FL Children Uninsured

No Rest For the Weary: Eyes on FL for 2016

It's Halloween: Expert Tips to Keep Kids Safe

Florida's Monarchs On the Move

Impact of Affordable Care Act: Health Care Costs Down

Medical Marijuana Supporters Continue Fight for Amendment 2

FPL Seeks Public Funds to Fight Clean Water Rules

FL Low Wage Airport Workers: Ebola Concern

Happy Birthday Clean Water Act: Legislation Turned 42 Saturday

North FL Broadband Authority:  The Termination   Bad Feelings – No Kind Words – Broke

"Koch Sisters" Use Notorious Name as Platform

North Florida Broadband Authority
$30,000,000 Stimulus Project On Death Row

North Florida Broadband Authority: Lake City Manager Wendell Johnson Recommends 'Abandon Ship'

Funding To Protect Ichetucknee Springs
Tax Dollars Doing What They Are Supposed To Do

Looking For A Career Change? Tech Jobs Leading the Way

Sunshine State Ranks Low in Happiness

Calls for More Funding for Childhood Cancer Research

Health Coverage Gap Impacts Florida Parents

Conservation Dollars Available for Florida Farmers

BP Found "Grossly Negligent" in 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

EEOC Sues Two Florida Firms for Sexual Harassment:
Alleged - Farmworker Women Subjected to Rape, Coerced Sex, Groping and Verbal Abuse

Jellyfish Invade FL Beaches: The Sting of Climate Change

I Had The Displeasure of Having To Ride SVTA

Dental Problems Number One Reason FL Kids Miss School

Suwannee Valley TA: In Disarray Since 2011, The SVTA Remains Severely Challenged

Scott Leading Crist In AARP Voter Survey

Clean-Energy Groups Question FL's Solar Plan

Robin Williams' Star Power Shines Light on Suicide, Depression

New Research Gives Floridians Something to Smile About

"National Breastfeeding Month" is Here

Human, Economic Health On the Line with EPA Rules, Say Supporters

SRWMD Launches Springs Dashboard With Manatee Springs - More To Come

Feds Report Social Security On Solid Ground, Disability Insurance Trust Fund - Immediate Issues

US Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson Update: July 28, 2013

Controversy Surrounds FL's Tax Credit Scholarship Program

2 teens arrested for torturing a gopher tortoise

Florida Sea Turtles: "Frozen" in Migration Race

Gluten-Free Doesn't Automatically Mean a Healthy Choice

Acid in the Ocean? FL Reefs Swallow Bitter Pill of Carbon Pollution

Drilling Toward Disaster?
Concern Over Proposed Gulf Drill Sites

Florida Missing the Boat With Medicaid Expansion

Avoid Summer Tragedy: Never Leave Kids In Cars

North Central Florida Regional Planning Council: Quietly Funneling Millions Into the Region

Avoiding Boaters: Not Much of a Holiday for Manatees or Sea Turtles

SRWMD: Rainfall 25% Higher Than Average

FL Drinking Water Quality: EPA – In or Out?

In 2014 Blacks Don't Vote On The Lake Shore Hospital Authority Board: There Are None

U.S. Magistrate Sentences Two Men For Harassing Manatees: YouTube Video Removes All Doubt

Enjoy a Safe July 4th: Leave Fireworks to the Professionals!

World Sea Turtle Day: FL Plays Major Role

Florida Labor Backs Crist for Governor

Gulf Power Faces Lawsuit for Coal-Ash

Conservationists: Overturning Net Ban is Fishing for Trouble

Wanted: Candidate - Career Politicians Need Not Apply

North Central Florida Regional Planning Council: Executive Director Presents Year End Wrap Up

Chemical Legislation: Reading Between Lines, Underneath Label

Look Both Ways: Report Highlights Pedestrian Dangers in FL Cities

Suwannee Valley TA: Dialysis Patients Riding On Saturday for Another Month

Protecting Florida's Migrant Birds: For Many the Trip Begins in Canada

FOILED – A Plan to Depose the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council and Replace it With the SVTA

US Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Sen. Bill Nelson
Update May 1, 2014

Suwannee Valley Transit Authority: Here They Go Again - Good Government, What's That?

'Internet Freedom' Showdown Brewing

FL's Strategic Plan for Economic Development Updated by DEO's Noel Munson

Florida: 13th on the list of Fortune 500 companies

Suwannee Valley Transit Authority Administrator and Director of Operations Resign

Compensating Wrongly Convicted James Richardson

Feds Net Illegal Traffickers of Florida Marine Life: US Attorney Prosecutes Michigan Residents

Today is Federal Tax Day: Floridians No. 15 on List of Federal Tax Payers

FL Reviews Sentencing Law for Juveniles:
A Punishment That Fits the Crime

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio Update April 5, 2013

Report Shines Light on Racial Disparities for FL Children

US Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Sen. Bill Nelson Update April 3, 2014

FL DOT: High Mileage Cars Affecting Revenue

Last Day for Public Comments to “Free Lolita”

FL Water Protection: Proposed Rule Would Close Gap

Some FL Pharmacies Dispensing Contraception Misinformation

Spring Cleaning in Florida, Get Rid of the Clutter

Suwannee Valley TA Under Microscope: OIG (Office of the Inspector General) Called In To Investigate

Suwannee Valley TA Moves Into 21st Century Commissioner Nash Says, "No Mas" to Secrecy
Suwannee County Com. Gamble seconds the motion

249,000 Eligible FL Children Missing Breakfast

Florida Biologists Hope For Another Busy Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Citizen Watchdog Group:
Florida Fracking Bill Is Tip of ALEC Iceberg

Chris Doolin, Veteran Lobbyist, Answers a Few Questions About Florida's Small Counties

Veteran Consultant/Lobbyist Presents Major Issues Confronting FL's 37 Small Counties

Biologists Rescue Panther Kitten In Collier County

U.S. Sup Ct: Time for Cameras in Nation's Highest Court

Reminder: Check Child Safety Seats

Conservationists: Overturning Net Ban is Fishing for Trouble

EPA: No More Shades of Gray for Coal Ash in FL

Florida - One of the Top States In Income Inequality & Lack of Upward Financial Mobility For African Americans

Fate of “Nosey” the FL Circus Elephant in USDA’s Hands

Florida's Amdt. 1 On Nov. Ballot

More Than Half of FL Fourth-Graders Aren't Reading at Grade Level

Florida: The Best Day To Fill It Up

Florida Citizens Unite in the Fight for Clean Water

FL House Rep. Keith Perry Speaks at North Central Florida Regional Planning Council

Obamacare Signups Soar, But Knowledge Gap Still Exists

Top 10 most dangerous jobs. It’s not police officers & firefighters

Excessive Drinking in FL Costs Billions
Added Dangers for Women Who Binge Drink

Florida News 2013 (scroll down)

Year-End Tax Tips from an Expert

Lake City Applebee's Unveils New Kids Menu with More Healthy Meals
Sunday Family Day: all kids LiveWell meals are $1.99

A Wild Success: The Endangered Species Act at 40

800,000 Floridians: Will They Have Health Care?

A Lifesaving Gift: Give Blood This Holiday Season

75,000 Floridians Could Lose Unemployment Benefits Dec. 28

EEOC LogoFlorida Company To Pay $80K Settlement In EEOC Hiring Discrimination Case
Company Refused to Hire Qualified Applicant Based on Age

Biomass in FL: An Embarrassment of Riches?

Holiday Giving: Shop Wisely for a Reputable Charity

Report: Fewer Uninsured Children In Florida

Dozens of FL Children Thankful for Family This Thanksgiving

Under Observation – A Costly Concern for FL Seniors

Suwannee Valley Transit Authority (SVTA): Governing Bd Meets in Locked Building. Safety Issues Kept Under Lock and Key

Report: First Eight Years Indicate a Child's Success

FL Prepaid College Plan Annual Open Enrollment Has Begun

Vacant Judgeships = Long Wait for Florida Scales of Justice

Elimination of Florida local sick time laws: Opponents ask, "What's Next?"

Privacy Advocates Marching On Washington This Weekend

US Senator Bill NelsonU.S. Senator Bill Nelson Update - Oct. 24, 2013

Affordable Care Act: New Tool in Fight Against Breast Cancer

Florida Leads the Nation in Death Sentencing Counties in 2012

North Florida Broadband Authority:
Final Act of Desperation, $30 mil Obama Stimulus Network going for $4 mil

Momentum Builds for Florida Conservation Vote

Floridians Have Access to Health Exchange Despite State Actions

September 30, 2013  03:15 am | Public News Service

Suwannee Valley Transit Authority Grievance Committee: Other Complaints & Retaliation (Part II)

Suwannee Valley Transit Authority Grievance Committee Meets: Complaints upheld (Part I)

Rider's Representative Retaliated Against

Fla's Rainy Summer Spreading Toxic Algae to Florida Waters

Teen Birth Rates Down, But is Every FL Teen Getting the Facts?

Who in Florida Needs a Raise? Minimum Wage Myths

slime sceneToxic Slime and Algae Turning Some Florida Beaches Into Ghost Towns

Citizens to Rally Against Pollution on Sept. 1

Graphic:  Hunger knows no seasonFlorida Food Banks Prepare for Fallout: Food Stamp (SNAP) Benefits Decreasing This Fall

University of Miami Janitors and Landscapers Vote to Strike: It's about a living wage

Want to appeal your property assessment? Special Magistrate Fred Rossiter will show you how

Want to appeal your property assessment? Special Magistrate Fred Rossiter will show you how: Introduction

Future of Florida Seafood in Jeopardy: Lawmakers Asked to Act

Toxic Algae Outbreak Sliming SE FL Waters With Green Slime: EPA Wiggling Out of Agreement   Where are Florida's leaders?

Where are Florida's leaders?

Silent Protest Greets Travelers at FL Airport: Union Files Charges

Killer Whales in Captivity? "Blackfish" Documentary Makes Splash

Orlando's SeaWorld the subject of a documentary film.

Suwannee Valley Transit Authority (SVTA):
In 2014 it is estimated that 40% of the tri county SVTA population will be eligible for Transportation for the Disadvantaged.

Animal Advocates Closely Watching Farm Bill

SVTA Williams; Airth; PraSuwannee Valley Transit Authority (SVTA): Operations Manager Gets 13% Pay Raise

DEO Appeals Referee finds SVTA management created a "hostile work environment." Unemployment claim upheld.

Loggerhead Turtle TracksSharing the Beach: Nesting Season for Sea Turtles

Fisheating CreekEarth Justice Attorneys Prevail: Landmark case preserves public access to Fisheating Creek

Lykes Brothers Co. Pressured Florida to Bar Public’s Right To Use River

Gulf Cleanup: "Shrimp With No Eyes. Crabs With No Claws. No Surprise and Predictable"

A Call For A Twenty-First-Century Solution In Oil Spill Response


North Florida Broadband Authority: Tower Climber Sues - Not paying vendors - Nothing new for the NFBA

Pentagon: Climate Change a Threat to National Security - 29 major military installations in FL

Free Foreclosure Defense Program Extended To July 31st

Oil soaked wildlifeTime to Speak Up About Gulf Restoration

Pork Giant's Sale to China Could Put Pig Promises in Jeopardy: Dark side to makin' bacon

giving CPRFloridians Urged to Take Life Saving Measures into Own Hands

father and daughterCollege Savings Days: Florida has a special offer for parents and families for the next 30 days

Lower FL Unemployment Rate Isn't the Whole Story: Working poor still seek assistance

crying babyInfant Stress Linked to Behavior Problems Later in Life

Fight for "Compassionate" Immigration Reform in Florida

North Florida Broadband Authority:
Stimulus funded 800 lb gorilla puts squeeze on financially strapped Bradford County Schools

Mother and babySudden Infant Death Syndrome: Bed Sharing Safely. Breastfeeding Significantly Reduces Risk

Children from HelpUsAdopt.orgMaking Mother’s Day, By Making Adoption Affordable

Wheelchair w/person imageWheelchair Attendants Exposed to Blood, Body Fluids: Complaint Filed - Unsafe Conditions

Yesterday was the deadline for the Plan B morning after pill: What's a Pharmacist to Do?

warehouse workerFlorida Workers Fight Back Against Wage Theft

Oscar the dog in trashFlorida Animal Cruelty Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

Corexit BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Effects Marine LifeA Deadly Paradox: Scientists Discover Agent Used in Gulf Spill Cleanup Is Destroying Marine Life 

Got ethics? Written on black board.FL Legislature Sends Ethics Reform to Governor: Does this give you more confidence?

Obama Broadband Grant Recipient, FRBA, Sued by Tampa Based Internet Company, Rapid Systems, Inc. for $25,000,000

MoneyProposed Deficit Cuts Target Seniors, Veterans, People with Disabilities, Those on Social Security

FL Leaders Organized for Water (FLOW): Once a torrent, now  a drip. Saturday meeting cancelled.

Rallying for Immigration Reform – and Gay & Lesbian Couples’ Inclusion

3 Years After BP Oil Spill:  1,700 Sea Turtles Dead or Injured. Dolphins Still Dying in Gulf

Haven Hospice Challenges North FL: "I challenge all of you to appoint a health care surrogate."

EEOC LogoWaffle House Settles EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit: Federal Agency Charged Restaurant Fired Employee for Complaining About Customer Harassment

Florida's First Fairytale: The Fountain of Youth

Planned Parenthood to FL Lawmakers:
Bring Focus Back to Women's Health

North Florida Broadband Authority:
Gilchrist County pulls the plug on the NFBA in another unanimous vote

North Florida Broadband Authority:  NFBA calls Washington for reinforcements. The workshop w/the Feds. Cheerleading without substance.

North Florida Broadband Authority:
NFBA calls Washington for reinforcements. First stop Fanning Springs. The run up.

Environmentalists: EPA and Florida DEP Struck "Back Room Deal"

FL Families Still Struggle to Put Food on Table

US Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson Update: March 14, 2013

FL Leaders Organized for Water (FLOW): "We’re gridlocked. We’re not gettin' anything done.”

North Florida Broadband Authority:
Gilchrist County becomes the eighth county to pull out. "I don't like the way the NFBA does its business," Com. D. Ray Harrison Jr.

New Study Shows Fewer FL Youth Locked-up - FL second highest in nation

North Central FL Regional Planning Council:
Army Lt. Col. Stresses the Importance of Education.

77% of high school students can't make the grade.

North Florida Broadband Authority:
Federal hearing may answer what is the measure of success at the NFBA

BP Oil Disaster Trial Set for Today

North Florida Broadband Authority:
Baker County becomes the 7th north central Florida county to pull out of Obama stimulus funded NFBA

North Florida Broadband Authority:
Feds put failing stimulus funded NFBA on life support. 3yrs and $28+ mil later, 60 customers, $15k a month revenue and no revenue model.

Air Methods Makes Agreement With HCA: State of the art EMS chopper coming to Lake City

FL Leaders Organized for Water (FLOW): After over a year of meetings, is the rush over FLOW now a trickle?

Tax Refunds For Some Delayed: IRS Says It Was the Fiscal Cliff

FL Gov & Cabinet Sued: The charge, "Sweetheart Deal" in the Everglades

US Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson Update: February 7, 2013

battered wmanRubio Joins Seven Senators To Block Violence Against Women Act

February is Heart Month: Heart Disease #1 Killer of Women

Florida's Voting Ban: 130 yrs old. Dates back to after Civil War

US Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson Update: January 30, 2013

North Florida Broadband Authority: Former Board Clerk sues NFBA for wrongful termination

Florida Animal Fighting Law May Get Tougher. Congress Considers Federal Legislation

Florida Audubon: Development Puts Everglade Birds at Risk

North Florida Broadband Authority:
$30 mil later N. Central Florida Regional Planning Council - clueless

Abortion Rights Law Turns 40: Most Americans Want to Keep it Legal

Florida Report Card on School Breakfast: Progress with Room for Improvement

Dead fish in North NaplesEnvironmentalists: Florida Isn't Ready to Manage Its Waterways

US Senator Bill NelsonSen Bill Nelson Update: 1st of the year, end of 112th congress

North Florida Broadband Authority:
After General Counsel's response, FL's Public Record Laws remain the latest casualty

North Florida Broadband Authority:
FL's Public Record Laws the latest casualty

North Florida Broadband Authority:
Foot dragging, lack of info cause Suwannee Cnty to call "strike 3" on the NFBA – They're out