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Naples Daily News pops lobbyist, gives state universities free pass

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If you haven’t already seen the “must-read” article from the Naples Daily News linked to in Monday’s Sunburn — check it out now. Here’s why: Arek Sarkissian stumbled onto a big scandal, but not the scandal he wrote about.

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Tallahassee Democrat updates ‘Capital Team’ logo to reflect, you know, the Florida Capitol

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In what can be described as a step in the right direction, the folks at Gannett unveiled its new and improved “Capital Team” logo. And this time, they get the geography right. To recap, the USA TODAY network is assembling “seven journalists, one mission,” with a group of veteran reporters taken from the Tallahassee Democrat, Naples Daily News and Treasure Coast Newspapers – including Jeff Burlew, James Call, Bill Cotterell, Alexandra Glorioso, Isadora Rangel, Arek Sarkissian and Jeff Schweers –…

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House, Senate trying to avoid budget showdown over rules

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The Florida Senate and House have agreed to work together on a joint rule to avoid a “who blinks first” approach to this year’s budget negotiations.  Sen. Jack Latvala, the Clearwater Republican who heads the Appropriations Committee, Thursday told the Rules Committee he was “pleased to report” House leaders had agreed to consider what’s known as a “joint rule” to streamline the process. The Naples Daily News reported Wednesday the Legislature could be headed to “a partial state government shutdown” over…

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Sobering news surfaces about security at Fort Lauderdale Airport

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Mike Sallah, a Pulitzer Prize-winning member of the Miami Herald Brain Drain, may be working for Gannett in Washington, but he’s still looking out for the folks in Florida. Sallah and Naples Daily News staffer Kristyn Wellesley teamed up to add some important context to our understanding of airport security following the mass shooting in Fort Lauderdale that left five dead and thousands traumatized. Sallah and Wellesley looked at staffing levels and found that as passenger traffic grew by the…

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Report: Will Seccombe could receive more than $300K as part of severance package

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VISIT FLORIDA‘s CEO could receive more than $300,000 in salary and performance pay as part of his severance package. The Naples Daily News reported Wednesday that Will Seccombe, the outgoing head of the state’s tourism agency, could receive over $326,000 in salary and performance pay if that deal is approved. Later Wednesday, the agency’s executive committee authorized board chair William Talbert to negotiate a “transition plan” with Seccombe. He’ll report back to the full board at its Jan. 10 meeting. Talbert told committee members…

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Call it a comeback? Trey Radel reportedly interested in returning to former radio job

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Trey Radel could be trying to stage a comeback — at least on the radio. Radel, who resigned from Congress in 2014 following a cocaine scandal, has been an occasional fill-in host on Daybreak with Drew Steele, a conservative talk radio show on 92.5 Fox News in Southwest Florida, for the past few weeks. On Tuesday, the Naples Daily News reported he would be interested in getting back on the airwaves. Radel told the Naples Daily News he would be…

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Personnel note: Arek Sarkissian joins Naples Daily News as Tally Bureau Chief

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Gainesville Sun public safety reporter Arek Sarkissian has been tapped to become Tallahassee bureau chief for the Naples Daily News. Prior to joining the Sun in August 2014, Sarkissian was a legislative reporter for LobbyTools, where he focused on health care and education issues. Before that, he served as a multimedia journalist for the Tallahassee Democrat. “Leaving The Sun is hard,” Sarkissian said about his new role, “but I’m excited to work on a team that loves this state and the…

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