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LAWSUIT CHALLENGES STATE ON NURSING HOME RESIDENTS’ INCOME

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, Sept. 19, 2012........In what could become a class-action lawsuit, attorneys for a disabled Tallahassee woman allege that many nursing-home residents are required to turn over too much income when they enter Florida's Medicaid program. The lawsuit, filed last week in Leon County circuit court, stems from a longstanding requirement that Me ...

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HIV-Positi​ve Inmates In Alabama Allege They Are Being Violated

        Alabama prisoners who say they are unfairly penalized for being HIV-positive are taking their accusations of discrimination to federal court today. Lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union will begin arguments today in a court in Birmingham on behalf of approximately 250 HIV-positive Alabama inmates whose rights, they say, are being violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ...

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STATE, COUNTIES PUT MEDICAID CASE ON HOLD

[caption id="attachment_3217" align="alignleft" width="150"] Money[/caption] By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 11, 2012.....After months of political and legal wrangling, counties and the state have put on hold a lawsuit about the constitutionality of a new law that would cost counties tens of millions of dollars in disputed Medicaid charges. A document filed Mo ...

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FAMU INTERIM PRESIDENT SUSPENDS STUDENT DANCE TEAM AFTER ALLEGED HAZING INCIDENT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson moved swiftly today ordering the immediate suspension of the Torque Dance Team following an alleged off-campus hazing incident.  FAMU received an anonymous report today that the alleged incident occurred during the Labor Day weekend.  According to the Office of Student Activities, the organization was inactive since Decem ...

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JUDGE REJECTS HIGHER TUITION FOR CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, Sept. 4, 2012.........A Miami federal judge has found that Florida is violating the constitutional rights of American-born children of illegal immigrants by requiring them to pay higher tuition rates than other students at state colleges and universities. The case, spearheaded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, centers on students who live in Florida and are U.S. citizens, despite ...

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CARROLL DELIVERS FLORIDA FOR ROMNEY

CARROLL DELIVERS FLORIDA FOR ROMNEY After asking for a moment of silence to honor the people affected by HurricaneIsaac, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll on Tuesday delivered Florida's 50 delegatevotes to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. "Florida is theSunshine State --- well, most times,'' Carroll said during a roll call ofstates at the Reicanpubl National Convention in Tampa. She also borrowed a pa ...

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Tropical Storm Isaac targeted a broad swath of the Gulf Coast on Monday and had New Orleans in its crosshairs, bearing down just ahead of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

KEY WEST, Fla. — Tropical Storm Isaac targeted a broad swath of the Gulf Coast on Monday and had New Orleans in its crosshairs, bearing down just ahead of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The potential for a landfall as a Category 1 hurricane as soon as Tuesday prompted evacuations along a wide area of the Gulf Coast and sent people out to stock up on staples “I gassed up — truck and generator” ...

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Hip-hop legend YoYo shares craft with metro Detroit youths

Sabrina Shellman has spent her whole life dreaming about becoming an actress. So when she heard Grammy-nominated rapper Yolanda (YoYo) Whitaker was bringing her School of Hip Hop to Highland Park, Shellman could not wait to attend. "It's in me and I want to bring it out and show the world," Shellman said about acting. "YoYo taught me so much about acting and life so I know this is something I'm going to do. ...

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The moment is finally here

The moment is finally here - the first day of public school in Broward and Palm Beach counties. If you forgot, unlikely, the hundreds of yellow school buses clogging the roadways will be a good reminder that summer is over for more than 425,000 students. Some of the routines and people will be familiar, like it was in early June. But numerous schools have new leaders, new teachers and in some cases, a few n ...

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Romney did Obama a huge favor

In a classic "Saturday Night Live" sketch, Christopher Walken plays a music producer with just one message for his bands: "More cowbell! I gotta have more cowbell!" ...

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