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CRITICS ASK SUPREME COURT TO BLOCK SOLAR AMENDMENT

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, November 2, 2016.......... Opponents of a controversial solar-energy ballot initiative asked the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday to again review the ballot language and to strike down the proposed constitutional amendment.

But a spokeswoman for Consumers for Smart Solar, a group sponsoring what is known as Amendment 1, was quick to call the request --- filed with less than a week remaining in the campaign --- "political grandstanding."

SMALLEST STATE UNIVERSITY PITCHES BIG PLANS FOR GROWTH

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

On campus at New College of Florida

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 28, 2016.......... New College of Florida is advancing a far-reaching plan to increase its student body by 41 percent and move into the upper ranks of liberal arts colleges in the nation.

The smallest of Florida's 12 universities, the Sarasota-based New College would increase its enrollment from 850 students this fall to 1,200 by the fall of 2022. The plan would require hiring 40 new faculty members, 61 staff members and spending $45 million on construction, including a new multi-use student center.

COURT REQUIRES STATE TO PROVIDE LETHAL INJECTION DOCUMENTS

By DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 27, 2016.......... Rejecting arguments that the records must be kept secret, a federal magistrate has ordered the Florida Department of Corrections to give a decade's worth of documents about drugs used in the state's lethal-injection procedure to lawyers representing seven Arizona Death Row inmates.

Who's on the ballot? Appellate Judges & Supreme Court Justices

Election Day is not only used to select a new President of the United States. Along with selecting Senators and Congresspersons, Tuesday Nov. 8 gives people the opportunity to decide if Justices of the Florida State Supreme Court and the District Court of Appeals retain their positions. This year, three Florida Supreme Court Justices and four Fifth District Court of Appeals Judges are on the ballot in Hernando County.

SUPREME COURT REQUIRES UNANIMOUS JURIES IN DEATH SENTENCES

By DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

Florida Supreme Court Building by Bruin79

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 14, 2016.......... The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ruled that jury recommendations must be unanimous for the death penalty to be imposed, delivering a blow to prosecutors and the Legislature by striking down a new law aimed at fixing the state's death penalty scheme.

Friday's 5-2 ruling came in the case of Timothy Lee Hurst, whose appeal spawned a U.S. Supreme Court decision in January that found Florida's death-penalty sentencing process was unconstitutional because it gave too much power to judges, instead of juries.

JUDGE ORDERS EXTENSION OF VOTER-REGISTRATION DEADLINE

By BRANDON LARRABEE
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 10, 2016..........A federal judge ordered a one-day extension in Florida's voter registration deadline and seemed ready to consider a longer delay against the backdrops of the recovery from Hurricane Matthew and one of the most heated presidential races in decades.

REPORT LOOKS FOR WAYS TO UNTANGLE I-75 TRAFFIC

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 4, 2016.......... A state task force has recommended a series of changes to improve safety and relieve congestion on Interstate 75 between Tampa Bay and North Florida, but it stopped short of calling for a new toll road in the region.

The I-75 Relief Task Force, appointed last year by Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, looked at traffic improvements in Alachua, Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Marion and Sumter counties.

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