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Two former Pet Pal employees sue over termination, drug use rumors

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Two terminated Pet Pal Rescue employees are each suing the nonprofit, claiming they were illegally terminated. Shannon Still began her employment at Pet Pal in early 2013 as Clinic Manager, where she served until her termination June 13, 2016. Brittany Raisch worked for the rescue from October 2014 to March 10, 2016, as a kennel technician and veterinary assistant. Both women filed separate suits less than a week apart. Still is accusing the rescue of one count under Florida’s Private…

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Children’s Forum launches campaign to boost child care, intervention services

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Child advocacy group the Children’s Forum announced a new campaign Tuesday to raise awareness for issues facing Florida youngsters. The “#becausekidscantwait” campaign aims to increase funding for services that reach children in the first five years of their lives, which studies show is the most important time in a child’s development. The group also cited economic projections showing each dollar spent on early learning programs can save up to $17 in government spending later in an individual’s life. “The first…

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Wal-Mart awards $580K to 14 Florida nonprofits

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Wal-Mart announced Thursday that 14 Florida nonprofits will get a combined $580,000 in grants from the retailer. The grants ranged from $25,000 to $90,000 for each organization for projects ranging from an all-access playground i wall n Brevard County to a STEM education program in Naples. The list also included bay-area nonprofit Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, which will get a $25,000 grant for a nutrition program for its low- to moderate-income participants. Wal-Mart’s North Florida regional general manager Jeff…

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Foundations launch ‘nonpartisan’ Florida news agency

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One of Florida’s largest foundations is forming a nonprofit news agency to increase coverage of statewide issues and their local impact. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice recently secured $352,000 from the Miami-based Knight Foundation to create a news Web site called the Florida Independent. Community Foundation leaders said the Florida Independent is being formed in response to the dwindling number of reporters covering state government in Tallahassee. Many newspapers are laying off reporters who cover the governor, Legislature…

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Foundations launch ‘nonpartisan’ Florida news agency

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One of Florida’s largest foundations is forming a nonprofit news agency to increase coverage of statewide issues and their local impact. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice recently secured $352,000 from the Miami-based Knight Foundation to create a news Web site called the Florida Independent. Community Foundation leaders said the Florida Independent is being formed in response to the dwindling number of reporters covering state government in Tallahassee. Many newspapers are laying off reporters who cover the governor, Legislature…

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