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FLORIDA STATE ATTORNEY JOHN MORGAN PUSHES TO INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15

The Florida attorney who pushed the state initiative legalizing medical marijuana has a new target — increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. State Attorney John Morgan told an Orlando news conference Tuesday that he’s submitting 120,000 signatures to get his initiative on the state’s 2020 ballot, well over the 76,000 verified signatures required. The measure calls for ...

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FLORIDA APPOINTS CARLOS MUNIZ, WHO HAS NEVER BEEN A JUDGE, TO THE STATE’S SUPREME COURT

Governor Ron DeSantis has made his third appointment to the Florida Supreme Court, naming a nearly 18-year veteran of state Government rather than a judge to the state’s highest court. Carlos Muniz was the Assistant General Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush in 2000, worked in the House Speaker’s office and for Attorney General Pam Bondi as her Chief of Staff. ...

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WALTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR, AND EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR!

The Walton County School District is proud to announce the 2018 Teacher and Educational Support Professional of the Year. All honorees were recognized at a special awards ceremony at Walton High School on the evening of January 23, 2018. The Teacher of the Year award went to South Walton High School biology instructor Joan Kennett. Ms. Kennett is a passionate ...

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FLORIDA AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER ORDERS LGBT PROTECTIONS

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is adding sexual orientation and gender identity to her department’s list of workplace protections against discrimination. Friday’s announcement means the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will include LGBT employment protections along with those based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age and disability. It is the first agency to extend protections to transgender employees and ...

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PENSACOLA NEIGHBORHOOD STEEPED IN A RICH MUSICAL HISTORY NOW LABELED A HISTORIC MARKER

Pensacola’s Historic Belmont-DeVilliers neighborhood has a long and storied musical history. For over a century the area was known as the center for jazz, blues, and ragtime. People would come from all over because they knew the music was top notch. Musicians who played there include B.B. King, Sam Cooke, and Tina Turner. Through the ages of music, one genre ...

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN COULD IMPACT PUBLIC HOUSING FAMILIES

Thousands of Pensacola families who live in government affordable housing could feel the impacts of the shutdown. The City of Pensacola passes along about $1.3 million in federal money to landlords with tenants in the program every year. If the government shutdown continues into March, it could mean people living in government housing will have to find another way to ...

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TRAINING UNDERWAY TO CENTRALIZE 911 SERVICES IN OKALOOSA COUNTY

Training is underway to centralize 911 services in Okaloosa County. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is taking over dispatch duties for fire and EMS. Right now, dispatchers are being cross-trained to work with each agency. That’s expected to take about three to six months. Sheriff Larry Ashley sits on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission. He said after the ...

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