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Joe Negron kicking off State University System listening tour

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Senate President-Designate Joe Negron is heading back to college. Negron kicks off a four-day listening tour of Florida’s State University System on Monday. The Stuart Republican is expected to visit all 12 of the state universities during the listening tour. “Over the last several years, I have had the opportunity to discuss with fellow senators my goal of making Florida’s good universities great,” he said in a statement earlier this month announcing the trip. “My colleagues share this coal. We…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies sign Juan Guerra to new contract

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies and midfielder Juan Guerra have agreed to a restructured contract for 2016 with a club option for 2017, the club announced Tuesday. Per club and league policy, further contract details were not disclosed. Guerra played a leading role for the Tampa Bay Rowdies last season, his first in the North American Soccer League. He made 23 appearances, including 19 starts, and became one of the teams’ on-field leaders as the season progressed. “Juan brings plenty to…

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Fraternity suspended following death of female student

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A fraternity at a Florida International University has been suspended following the death of a female student who attended an off-campus party the fraternity hosted. Media outlets report the Phi Gamma Delta held a formal event at the Bahia Mar hotel in Fort Lauderdale earlier this month. Kellie Fullilove, a 19-year old nursing student, was found dead in a room the next morning. Fort Lauderdale police spokesman Keven Dupree says the death does not appear to be suspicious. Detectives are…

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Colleges in Cuba, U.S. build ties as diplomatic tensions ease

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As the U.S. and Cuba mend ties, colleges in both countries are forming partnerships that once were heavily restricted. Only months after the U.S. eased travel restrictions, several colleges have struck agreements with Cuban schools to create exchange programs for students and faculty. More American colleges are planning study trips to Cuba, and both sides are exploring research projects. “I think there’s going to be an explosion in all of those kinds of collaborations,” said Mauro Guillen, director of the…

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Longtime Florida educational policy staffer Deborah Gallay dies

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One of the Florida Capitol’s most respected insiders, Deborah Gallay, died on Tuesday, July 7. She was 66. Gallay’s extensive public service career included positions in the Executive Office of the Governor, the Department of Education and Board of Regents, which later became the Board of Governors, and staff director of Senate Finance & Taxation. Never one for the spotlight, Gallay was well-known for her impact as both a lobbyist and consultant on higher education issues. Her most recent role was as…

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With emotions flaring, Hillsborough County Commission advances potential wage theft ordinance

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On the face of it, it didn’t look like a very close comparison as the Hillsborough County Commission met on Wednesday to review what type of system they’d like to model a policy shift to try to combat wage-theft in the county, rated in a recent report as the second worst in the entire state. Speaking via Skype from South Florida, Jeanette Smith, executive director of South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, went through a basic comparison of two of the…

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Hillsborough County Commission meeting gets hot talking wage theft

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Although every member of the Hillsborough County Commission weighed in this morning regarding their concern about the issue of wage theft in the county, the Republican members’ prescription of how to alleviate the problem drew the wrath of the measure’s proponent, Democrat Kevin Beckner. Beckner said that his colleagues’ worries about growing the size of government outweighed their professed concern for workers losing wages unfairly in the county, and they rejected his proposal, based on a Miami-Dade County ordinance. The issue isn’t dead…

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