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5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Florida Still Has Work To Deal With Poverty

Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses issues related to poverty, on the 50th anniversary this week of President Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 declaration of “War on Poverty.”

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School Discipline
6:56 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Feds Introduce New Guideline For Fairness In School Discipline

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Credit US Department of Education

Schools across the country will be taking a new look at their discipline policies after an announcement by the Obama administration on Wednesday. 

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the Supportive School Discipline Initiative...a sweeping set of new school discipline guidelines that the administration hopes will end many schools' zero-tolerance policies that he says has created a school to prison pipeline. The secretary also talked about studies where African-American students were found to be more harshly and frequently disciplined than white students. 

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Little Free Library
4:57 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

A New "Little Free Library" Opens In Pensacola

The new "Little Free Library" in Pineglades Park
Credit Katya Ivanov / WUWF Public Media

Pineglades Park is now home to the second little free library in Pensacola. The project encourages members of the community to read, with the invitation to “take a book, return a book.” Diane Mack was on the Pineglades Little Free Library Project committee. She brought the idea for the little free library to the neighborhood association meeting in October 2012.

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Florida Lt. Governor
2:58 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Lawsuit Demands Scott Name A Lt. Governor

A lawsuit seeks to order Gov. Scott to name a second-in-command within 30 days.
Credit Reuters

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is being sued over his decision to leave the post of lieutenant governor vacant for nearly ten months. A Tallahassee lobbyist and political activist is asking the Florida Supreme Court to force an appointment within 30 days.

Article-4, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution says: “There shall be a lieutenant governor, who shall perform such duties pertaining to the office of governor as shall be assigned by the governor, except when otherwise provided by law, and such other duties as may be prescribed by law.”

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Recycling
6:11 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Santa Rosa Addresses Recycling Contract

Credit Nachetz

The Santa Rosa County Commission is at odds with the company providing recycling services to the county. But a resolution could come as early as Thursday morning’s regular meeting.

County Attorney Angela Jones says the complaints – such as overflowing drop-off sites, unattended properties, and a 30 thousand dollar debt owed to the county – are considered violations of the five-year contract signed in 2012. County Administrator Hunter Walker concurred, but added that short of the county going back into the recycling business, they have no other choice.

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