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Florida education news: Budget surplus, recognition funds, superintendents and more
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:54:28 -0800

FUNDING: The Florida Legislature anticipates a $1 billion surplus with plans to boost education funding, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Alexander will be on house arrest with a GPS ankle monitor after her release
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:02:32 -0800

Marissa Alexander at Tuesday's sentencing hearing. Marissa Alexander, a woman who brought mass attention to Florida's stand your ground law, is expected to be released from the Duval County Jail on Tuesday.

Marissa Alexander Has Been Released From Jail
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:24:01 -0800

Florida mother is on house arrest for two years.

Lawsuit mulled over end of Duval courthouse weddings as outrage swells
Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:32:11 -0800

A backlash is growing over a decision ending weddings inside the Duval County Courthouse as same-sex marriages began in South Florida and courts statewide begin issuing licenses Tuesday. “The clerk does not own the courthouse,” said Jacksonville civil rights attorney Betsy White, who said the decision last week by Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell violated the Constitution’s First Amendment. White ...

List: Fla. counties with the most foreclosures
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:10:37 -0800

Realty Trac has released new data from November showing the Florida counties with the highest foreclosure rate.

First Coast finishes 2014 with strong jobless figure that dropped lower than state, national rates
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:04:56 -0800

Unemployment figures for December show dramatic drops in the jobless rate for the First Coast and nearly an entire percentage point decrease in Duval County alone, pointing to upbeat economic news to end 2014. The unemployment rate for the entire First Coast fell from 5.47 percent in November to 5.38 percent in December after seasonal adjustments. Duval County’s seasonally adjusted rate, which ...

Federal judge's ruling makes Florida the 36th state where gay marriage is legal
Fri, 02 Jan 2015 08:30:14 -0800

On Tuesday, Florida is poised to become the 36th state where same-sex couples can legally marry.

1 of 7 escaped juvenile offenders captured
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:22:33 -0800

DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. — The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said one of the seven juvenile escaped offenders is now in custody. Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda said Landon Hood of Clay County was taken into custody Tuesday and faces an escape charge.

Duval County to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses at 8 a.m. Tuesday
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 21:37:55 -0800

As thousands of same-sex couples in Florida prepare to get their marriage licenses Tuesday, there is a new call for marriage ceremonies to start back up again at the Duval County Courthouse.

Some Florida counties end courthouse wedding ceremonies
Thu, 01 Jan 2015 08:11:50 -0800

Duval County Clerk of Courts Ronnie Fussell said he believed marriage “is between a man and a woman.” He added, “Personally it would go against my beliefs to perform a ceremony that is other than that.”