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Feds give Florida $3 million grant for treatment drug courts

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The federal government is giving the state $3 million for drug court programs in the wake of an opioid epidemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday the funds will bolster drug court programs for those in the criminal justice system with substance use disorders and mental health problems. The programs have been praised for connecting people struggling with addiction to treatments with oversight from the courts to make sure they are following through. Proponents say drug…

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Eight grassroots leaders give thumbs up to Gwen Graham

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Democrat Gwen Graham is adding eight new endorsements Friday in her quest to become the state’s next governor. The endorsements announced by her campaign include a host of young and engaged grassroots leaders from across the state.

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Constitutional review panel announces committee assignments

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The state’s Constitution Revision Commission announced committee assignments, consisting of “10 standing substantive committees and two standing procedural committees,” it said in a Friday news release. “Establishing committees for the CRC means we can move forward on developing proposals that will benefit Florida families, businesses and students,” Chairman Carlos Beruff said in a statement.

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Rick Scott names Tom Grady to constitutional review panel

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Former state Rep. Tom Grady will take Jimmy Patronis‘ place on the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday evening. In picking Grady, a Naples attorney and a friend of Scott’s, the governor passed over the three alternates he previously selected to fill an empty seat on the commission, which will review the state’s governing document for possible changes.

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Squeezed: Supreme Court denies challenge of citrus veto

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The Florida Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a challenge of Gov. Rick Scott‘s veto of reimbursements to homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were torn down by the state. The homeowners had asked the court to undo Scott’s veto of more than $37 million by filing a petition for writ of mandamus, an order to an elected official to perform a certain action. In a 6-1 decision, the court declined, mentioning lower court actions that had been filed.

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How Julie Jones got it completely wrong with GEO Group ‘Continuum of Care’

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It was a moment Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones remembered clearly — even though she got it completely wrong.

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Ben Albritton rolls out Charlotte County endorsements for SD 26 bid

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Republican Rep. Ben Albritton announced endorsements from several Charlotte County officials for his campaign to take over for Senate District 26 Republican Denise Grimsley, who is running for Ag Commissioner in 2018. Among the endorsements was a nod from Florida House colleague Mike Grant, and former Rep. Ken Roberson, whose time in the Legislature overlapped with Albritton’s for three 2-year terms.

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