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7:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

SCOTUS Won't Stop Gay Marriage In Florida

A celebration at Florida's Capitol in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court Struck down DOMA and California's Proposition 8.
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MIAMI (AP) - Same-sex weddings may soon begin in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block them.
 
The court said Friday it wouldn't block the marriages. A federal judge previously declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and said same-sex marriage licenses could start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened.
 

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7:17 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Employees Fired In Wake Of LCSO Deputy Shooting Contest Termination

Three employees fired from Leon County’s Joint-Dispatch Center are contesting their termination. The employees were let go after a Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot during an ambush last month.

An internal review of the Consolidated Joint Dispatch Center found four of its employees never relayed information about potential premise hazards. Shortly after Smith was killed, Leon County Sheriff spokesman James McQuaig told reporters the shooter—was known to local law enforcement:

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State News
6:35 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Some 'Very Encouraged' By Fla. Legislative Leaderships' Pension Reform Remarks

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Pension reform is slated to come up during the 2015 legislative session. So, could this be the year local pension reform actually comes to pass? What about overhauling Florida’s Retirement System that opponents say is already sound? We'll take a look at what stakeholders are hoping for in the New Year.

Robert Weissert is the Chief Research Officer for Florida TaxWatch, a government watchdog group, which recently released its annual cost savings report. One area Weissert says state government could save some money is by overhauling the Florida Retirement System.

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State News
6:26 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Renewed Relations With Cuba Have Some Hoping For The Best, Planning For The Worst

Cuba has two forms of currency. "The Cuban peso (CUP) and the Cuban convertible peso (CUC) are both legal tender on the island, though neither is exchangeable in foreign markets. The CUC is pegged to the dollar and worth 25 times as much as the CUP." - The Economist
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The United States will resume diplomatic relations with Cuba and reaction to the announcement has been mixed. The decision to normalize a relationship with the Communist country could have a big impact on Florida for decades to come.

No one really knows how the newly-revived relationship between Cuba and the United States will play out, but Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, believes it will be a disaster.

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State News
6:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Experts: Watch For Danergous Toys

Child safety experts are warning parents that before they start hiding Christmas gifts, they better make sure there’s no hidden dangers.

A recent study by the Public Interest Research Group, “Trouble in Toyland,” warns about some common hazards.

Powerful magnets can pinch internal organs when they attract each other inside a small child, according to the report. It also mentions the dangers of noisy toys that can damage hearing, toys with small parts that present a choking hazard, and metal toys coated with chromium, a toxic substance.

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