Fla. AG Pam Bondi launches partnership to stop human trafficking

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In an effort to combat human trafficking, Fla. Attorney General Pam Bondi launched a partnership Tuesday with various industries throughout Florida, which includes an online toolkit developed to help business associations Members of the associations can create their own policies and internal training sessions to end human trafficking, a $32 billion industry that exploits children, […]

So long Jersey shore, Hertz relocating headquarters to Florida

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Gov. Rick Scott and rental car giant, Hertz, announced Tuesday the move of the company’s worldwide headquarters to Estero, Florida. Leaving Park Ridge, New Jersey, the move will bring up to 700 jobs over a two-year period, starting later this year. “It is great news for Florida that Hertz has chosen Lee County to relocate […]

Comm. Putnam celebrates Florida farmers on Ag Literacy Day

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Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam celebrated Florida Ag Literacy Day by reading “Florida’s Farm History!” to more than 50 students in the historic Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on Tuesday. The event was geared to teach the children from Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts the history of Florida agriculture. According to a […]

Boynton teen choir wins national competition with help of local GOP club

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Heartfelt congratulations to the young men and women of the Dimensional Harmony Choir of Boynton Beach High School who won the National Choral Competition Monday in Orlando, Fla. The 50 teens, along with choir director Sterling Frederick, wowed the judges and proved they were the “best of the best” in the nation by winning both […]

Fla. legislature reaches education budget agreement

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Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, announced Sunday night that an agreement has been reached for education funding in the legislature’s 2013 budget. Both legislators released statements on the accomplishment. House Speaker Will Weatherford: “Governor Scott has worked extremely hard to advance two priorities this Legislative Session. I am pleased […]

Fla. legislature passes sweeping campaign finance and ethics reform legislation

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Historic campaign finance and ethics reform legislation was approved by the Florida Legislature Wednesday. The bills were key components of the joint “Work Plan Florida” agenda Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, announced in January. The House and Senate issued a joint statement: “Speaker Weatherford is Florida’s champion for more […]

PBC School District debuts new school board meeting agenda website

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The Palm Beach County School District is implementing a new software product called BoardDocs, to manage School Board meetings and agendas. According to BoardDocs, “Its paperless services allow organizations to significantly improve the way they create and manage board packets, access information and conduct meetings.” The School District released the following information about BoardDocs: The […]

Fla. AG Pam Bondi suing BP on anniversary of oil spill

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On the three-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Saturday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will file a lawsuit against BP. The state’s lawsuit, to be filed in Panama City, will name defendants BP and Halliburton. This comes ahead of the three-year statute of limitations under the Oil Pollution Act, ensuring the state can recover […]

Fla. ‘Pill mill’ doctor sentenced to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine

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After a successful prosecution by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, Dr. Ronald Lynch, a “pill mill” doctor, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison on drug trafficking charges and a $500,000 fine by Judge Marlene Alva. Bondi’s office released the following statement: Acting on information provided by Walgreens Pharmacy, the Seminole […]

Florida spring training baseball hits record attendance for 2013

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Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that seven teams have set total attendance records for Florida Spring Training Baseball. Overall, spring training drew more than 1.6 million fans for the second consecutive season attending 247 games in the 2013 season. Florida’s weather proved superb as only two games were rained out in the 37 days of […]