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7:41 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Thousands Call On Gov. Scott To Fire Lead Prosecutor In Marissa Alexander Case

Several activist groups rallied on the steps of the Old Capitol Thursday to call on Governor Rick Scott to fire Angela Corey for her handling of the Marissa Alexander case. They also had a box of petitions containing 100,000 signatures and some roses.
Sascha Cordner WFSU-FM

In just a few months, the Jacksonville woman who inspired the so-called “Warning Shot” bill is expected to have another trial. Several activist groups rallied at the Capitol Thursday, urging Governor Rick Scott to get rid of the lead State Attorney who’s seeking a 60-year prison term in the re-trial of Marissa Alexander.

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State News
5:49 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Despite Fla. Business Community Push, Gay Discrimination Ban Fails Again

Raschein announces her co-sponsorship of the Competitive Workforce Act in November of 2013.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

One Florida bill bars employers from discriminating against people who are gay or transgendered. But despite strong business community support, it never saw the light of debate this year.  

The chances of passing the Florida Competitive Workforce Act were promising by several measures. It’s a bill making it illegal to treat people worse based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

First, it has bi-partisan sponsorship.

Then there’s broad public support, according to a 2013 public opinion survey.

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State News
5:29 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Florida Students Build A Super Efficient Hybrid Vehicle

The EcoEagles with their car
Credit EcoEagles

Students from Florida’s Embry-Riddle University have designed a hybrid car that consumes energy as efficiently as a gas-powered car getting 100 miles per gallon.  This is based on an EPA formula comparing the energy used to charge the batteries with a gallon of gas – 33.7 kilowatt hours equals one gallon.

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State News
5:50 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Counties Claim State Owes Money By Overcharging For Juvenile Detention Costs

Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters
Credit Department of Juvenile Justice

Florida’s counties say the state owes them money. They claim they’ve been overcharged for helping pay the cost of juveniles in detention centers. The two sides appear close to reaching a deal on how to split the costs going forward—but a conflict is brewing over whether the state should have to reimburse the counties for past expenses.

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5:48 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Newly Expanded Parasail Bill Nearly Fails, Now Heads To House Floor

Water Sports Industry Association (wsia.net)

A measure aimed at regulating Florida’s parasail industry is heading to the House floor. But, the newly expanded bill almost became collateral damage, after an initial attempt to pass the bill in its last committee failed.

The Original Bill

Florida’s parasailing industry gained national attention, after two Indiana teens were seriously injured in a Panhandle parasailing accident last year. Authorities say bad weather and heavy winds played a main role in that particular incident.

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