Rick Scott, the Baker Act, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are in the headlines today.
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State agencies face off with Gov. in budget battle: As Governor Rick Scott pushes a $500 tax cut and decreasing state budgets, state agencies are asking for nearly $1 billion in additional funding. (Tampa Bay Times)
Fireworks ban being reconsidered by state pols: Legislation filed in both houses of the Florida State Legislature would lift the state's ban on fireworks. (Florida Times-Union)
Experts concerned with Baker Act overuse: Use of the Baker Act for involuntary commitment to psychatric facilities has increased nearly 80 percent over the past decade, causing some experts to call for a reexamination of the policy (Gainesville Sun)
Campus suicide victim was long time secretary: Phyllis Jean Frank, 80, reportedly shot herself in the head in a parking lot at the Florida State College at Jacksonville's north campus where she had been a sceretary for more than 30 years. (First Coast News)
PBS Frontline looks at police shooting in St. Augustine: A new episode of the PBS documentary series Frontline scheduled to air this week will look at the questions surrounding a St. Augustine murder investigation. The story is a partnership with the New York Times. (New York Times, PBS)
Jags bring record to 2-9 with win over Texans: The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Houson Texans in Houston yesterday 13-6, their second win of the season. (ESPN)
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