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Today on Context Florida: No Casinos, Scott’s threat, graduation rates and the Permanent Campaign

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Today on Context Florida: For decades, casino lobbyists have tried to turn Florida into Las Vegas, says No Casinos president John Sowinski. But gambling lobbyists are back again, this time pushing for the biggest expansion of gambling in Florida’s history. There is a reason why they are so desperate to move into Florida and why responsible legislators should once again turn them away. Gov. Rick Scott wrote a letter to President Obama this week. Daniel Tilson asks, “Isn’t that special?” Well,…

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Today on Context Florida: education accountability, Miami Gardens, Student loan debt and sagging pants

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Today on Context Florida: In the second of a two-part series, Julie Delegal examines the move to lower the stakes in Florida’s high-stakes education accountability system, as well as how they got so high in the first place. Republican Rep. Debbie Mayfield of Vero Beach is so frustrated with the entire standards-based accountability system that she wants to give entire school districts the ability to “opt out” of standards-based tests altogether. Florence Snyder talks of the Miami Gardens police, and its…

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Tampa public works employee caught making dozens of unauthorized trips in city truck on city time

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Via Adam Walser of WFTS-TV: He was fired after the City of Tampa caught him visiting restaurants, stores and even more in his city truck on city time. But now a Tampa Public Works employee is speaking out, saying he was not the only city worker wasting taxpayers’ money. “I was never told I couldn’t get the truck and ride around,” Mark Williams said. Williams was fired by Tampa Public Works last week. For nearly 15 years, he set up…

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Welcome sign sends Miami Beach visitors wrong message

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A sign welcoming tourists to Miami Beach briefly offered a confusing message. The flashing, portable sign along the Julia Tuttle Causeway on Tuesday read: “Welcome visitors! Prohibited.” It was supposed to flash this message on three different screens: “Welcome visitors! Prohibited on the beach: glass, metal, alcohol and Styrofoam.” By Tuesday evening, city officials had apologized for the error and the sign was removed to be corrected. City spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez told the Miami Herald that Miami Beach certainly welcomes visitors.…

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When evaluating Dana Young’s gambling bill, it helps to think about ‘footprints’

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In the possibility that state Rep. Dana Young’s Gaming Control Act of 2015 passes the Legislature, one thing is sure: There will be significant changes in Florida gambling, although maybe not what many expect. First, South Florida may well become a home to two destination casinos, dog tracks and live greyhound races and slot machines proliferate into new parts of the state. Then again, the far-reaching bill might actually reduce gambling in Florida. If the bill is the “biggest expansion of…

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Uber launches Momentum, a new print magazine for drivers

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Valued at $41 billion, transportation technology firm Uber is taking the big next step in ridesharing by going backwards, more or less, with a print magazine. Momentum is the new publication designed specifically for the nearly 150,000 Uber drivers. The magazine takes its name from the company’s partner rewards program, which offers discounts and perks such as discounted auto maintenance, health insurance and savings on phone plans. Set for a quarterly run, the magazine will be rolling out in six…

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