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5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 16

Baptist Health South Florida is giving $5 million for health and wellness programs at the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science being built in downtown Miami. The Baptist Health People & Science Gallery will be located inside the museum.

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Related Topix: Miami Dade County, FL, University of North Florida, Violent Crime, Pasco County, FL

Mon Sep 15, 2014

NJ.com

Man charged with killing former Brick family in Florida

Adam Matos, 28, of Hudson, Florida, was charged with killing four people, including a former Brick family, authorities said. Ismael Tristen Santisteban, 4, was found safe at the Floridan Hotel in Tampa, Florida the day after an Amber Alert was issued, authorities said.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Hudson, FL, Pasco County, FL

Examiner.com

As school testing protest rage on, Florida suspends controversial exam

With protest and debate raging on over Florida 's school exams, critics of the test got a major victory on Sept. 15. According to the Tampa Bay Times , education commissioner Pam Steward suspended the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, otherwise known as the FAIR test, for Kindergarten through second grade, in an announcement to school superintendents on Sept.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Alachua County, FL

Click Orlando

Missing New York dog found in Florida by microchip, to be reunited with owner

A toy fox terrier named Nika will be reunited with her owner after Marion County Animal Services says it tracked down her owner in New York by using her microchip. Two-year-old Nika vanished from her owner Giuseppe DiBella's front yard in Newburg, New York two years ago.

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Cybercast News Service

Fla.'s 'Gray Belt' a glimpse at nation's future

A billboard at the county line advertises home health care services. Local churches try to create a feeling of belonging for elderly members who may be disconnected from family up north.

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Related Topix: Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), Citrus County, FL, Medicaid, Health, Citrus Hills, FL, Beverly Hills, FL

Detroit News

Florida's 'Gray Belt' a glimpse at nation's future

A billboard at the county line advertises home health care services. Local churches try to create a feeling of belonging for elderly members who may be disconnected from family up north.

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Related Topix: Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), Citrus County, FL, Medicaid, Health, Citrus Hills, FL, Beverly Hills, FL

KMBC-TV

Paul, Clinton top NH presidential poll

Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul is the most popular Republican among the crowded list of potential presidential candidates in New Hampshire, according to a new CNN/ORC poll out Monday. The same poll finds that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead among potential Democratic candidates in the Granite State.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal, US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton, Florida Government

JD Supra

Marijuana Use For Alleged Depression and Anxiety Can Still Get You Fired In Florida

There can be no doubt that Americans' views on the legality of marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes has shifted over the past few years. A recent survey conducted by Fextel, Inc. and StPetePolls.org found that over 73% of Floridians would support a constitutional amendment to allow the use of medical marijuana to treat debilitating medical conditions, and 58% support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Florida Government, Rick Scott, US Governors, Fire

Business Journal

South Florida developer gambles on Atlantic City casino

A Wellington-based developer made a $90 million bid for a bankrupt casino in Atlantic City and says he plans to invest $1.5 billion the property.

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Related Topix: Economics News, Bankruptcy

Washington Times

Entries being accepted for Florida writing award

The award recognizes a living author for a body of work that is judged to be distinguished and influential to Floridians. The winner must reside in Florida.

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Related Topix: Florida Government, Florida, MO

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Examiner.com

5 Florida Lighthouses to visit near Jacksonville

Lighthouses were developed as an aide to navigation for ships at sea and inland waterways. Lighthouses played an important part of Florida's coastal history allowing explorers to find their way, explore and settle.

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Related Topix: Ponce de Leon, FL, Daytona Beach, FL

Examiner.com

Florida 2014: Different election, same old Charlie Crist

The Miami Herald reported Sunday that "switching parties is a time-honored tradition in Florida politics, but Charlie Crist is doing it at a time, at a level and in a way never before attempted." On Sunday, The Miami Herald's Steve Bousquet reported that "switching parties is a time-honored tradition in Florida politics, but Charlie Crist is doing it at a time, at a level and in a way never before attempted."

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Related Topix: US Politics, Senator Marco Rubio, US News, US Senate, Republican, Florida Government, Charlie Crist, US Governors, Barack Obama

CBS Local

Panthers Expanding Tracks Around Florida

State biologists are finding more panther tracks in Polk County and throughout southwest Florida. In recent years panthers have been tracked or photographed near Avon Park and Haines City, and they've been seen in developments outside Naples.

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Related Topix: Polk County, FL, Avon Park, FL, Haines City, FL

The Motley Fool

Hate Florida? Retire Where You Want While Still Being Money-Smart

Planning for your retirement takes a lot of effort, with many financial considerations proving to be difficult to predict. With so many people having saved little or nothing toward their retirement, the need to find places to live that won't break the bank on a fixed income from Social Security is greater than ever.

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Related Topix: Social Security, Personal Finance, Port St. Lucie, FL, St. Lucie, FL

WINK-TV Fort Myers

50 dogs, 11 cats taken from Jacksonville house

Animal care officials confiscated 50 dogs and 11 cats from a Jacksonville woman's home after she became overwhelmed by them. Jacksonville's Animal Care and Protective Services says 49-year-old Audrey Burch was trying to take care of unwanted animals when their numbers grew too high.

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The Miami Herald

Florida GOP optimism grows as election approaches

Visiting Florida for the state Republican Party's annual fundraising dinner, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal gave a warning that would have seemed laughable just a few months ago. "This election is too important for the people of Florida, it is too important for our country, to take this for granted," Jindal told supporters of Gov. Rick Scott's re-election who gathered outside the Grand Floridian Resort before the 2014 Victory Dinner to greet Scott, Jindal and others who arrived by bus.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, Bobby Jindal, Republican, US House of Representatives, US Governors, Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

The Miami Herald

All Aboard Florida choses Siemens to build cars

A proposed private passenger rail line with plans to eventually run from Miami to Orlando has chosen a company to manufacture its passenger cars. Siemens announced this week that it has been awarded the contract to build the cars and diesel-electric locomotives for All Aboard Florida.

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Related Topix: West Palm Beach, FL

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Examiner.com

Critical funding helps close gaps in Florida's Coast to Coast Trail

If it's a romantic, relaxed bike trip you're looking for, the Pinellas Trail might be the thing for you. Cyclists came one step closer to achieving the dream of a paved trail from the east coast of Florida to the west coast when Florida Governor Rick Scott approved $15.9 million in funding for the project known as the Coast to Coast Connector for the 2014 - 2015 fiscal year.

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Related Topix: Florida Government, US Governors, Rick Scott

Mirror.co.uk

Late holiday deals: Last minute bargains for UK, European city breaks and sunshine, ski and Florida

Saving A 35 per night, the price includes full English breakfast. Book by September 20 for stays until November 2014.

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Related Topix: Travel, United Kingdom Travel, Europe Travel, Manchester, United Kingdom Travel

St. Petersburg Times

Doral mayor: Miss Universe Pageant coming to South Florida

Bring on the beauties. The Doral City Council is giving its stamp of approval to host the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant.

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