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Adam Putnam: Hack of concealed weapons list produced names only

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Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam moved Tuesday to calm fears amid reports that hackers into his agency’s computers might have compromised the identities of 16,000 concealed weapons permit holders. “We on average had 100 attacks a month into our system that we successfully fight back,” Putnam told reporters following the morning’s Cabinet meeting. “This was an unprecedented attack. It came just a couple of days before the global hack that occurred. We know that it originated overseas, and we’re learning…

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Florida concealed weapon license popularity skyrocketing

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The number of people licensed to carry concealed weapons in Florida has tripled since President Barack Obama took office in 2009 and now represents almost one of every 13 Floridians. That ratio includes an undetermined number in the millions of Floridians who are not eligible for concealed weapons licenses, such as children, people convicted of certain, disqualifying felonies, or other legally-disqualified people. Among qualified holders, the proportion of Florida residents who are licensed to carry guns in public now is…

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Public records suit on research monkeys is dropped

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A public records lawsuit involving a company that provides monkeys for animal research labs has been withdrawn. Primate Products, Inc. of Hendry County, the Florida Department of Agriculture and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Thursday jointly agreed to drop the case. That means documents the company said contain “trade secrets” are now public record. The department released the records Friday. Primate Products breeds and sells “nonhuman primates for use in biomedical research,” the suit said. “Now we may be able to find out…

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