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Focus turns to recovery after Irma’s exit

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More than 5.5 million homes and businesses in Florida remained without power at midday Tuesday after Hurricane Irma plowed through the state. The top to return to homes was underway in most areas outside the storm-ravaged lower Florida Keys.

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Kathy Castor wants increased federal disaster aid for Florida after Irma

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Tampa Democratic Representative Kathy Castor is pressing for an increase in federal disaster aid to the highest share possible to help Floridians recover rapidly from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

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Will FCAT on Good Friday cause a stir?

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The Gradebook asks a very good question: Will scheduling the FCAT on Good Friday cause more problems than its worth. Scheduling classes on certain religious holidays has proven controversial in some Florida school districts. (Think Hillsborough and Good Friday, or Collier and Yom Kippur, to name but two.) So how much of a mess is the Florida Department of Education going to create by scheduling the 2011 FCAT exams over not one but two holidays? Superintendents in several districts have…

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