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State Board of Governors Says 'No' to Tuition Increases

After receiving a warning from Gov. Rick Scott about raising fees in a letter Wednesday, the Florida Board of Governors agreed with the governor and ultimately rejected proposed fee increases from nine universities across the state. The schools had requested to increase the Capitol Improvement fee that students pay each year. The fees would amount to $2 more per credit hour, which would cost students about $60 a year.

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May Job Numbers To Be Released Friday

Florida's job numbers for May are slated to be released Friday, according to a recent tweet sent by Gov. Rick Scott. The report will be released at 10 a.m.

In April, the Sunshine State added 16,700 private-sector jobs, bringing the state's unemployment rate to 7.3 percent. April's unemployment rate reflected a decrease of 0.3 percent from March.

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University of Florida Offers Social Media Degree

University of Florida will be offering a degree in Social Media. The Masters Degree will be offered through the UF College of Journalism and Communications, and would be the first degree of its kind.

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Republicans Fight for More Border Control

Republicans are firing back after the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis saying the current immigration bill would only cut illegal immigration by 25 percent. The Republicans are using this number as leverage tocall for more border security in order to decrease the number of illegal immigrants coming into the U.S.

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Immigration Bill Will Only Cut 25 Percent of Illegal Immigration

Although the immigration bill has gathered wide support from voters, an analysis of the bill from the Congressional Budget Office revealed that while the bill may have some positive contributions to the U.S., future illegal immigration would only be slashed by 25 percent.

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Miami-Dade Wins Audubon Award

Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Sewer Department have been awarded the Excellence in Water Conservation Award by Audubon Florida. The award was presented today at the Miami-Dade County Comission meeting.

One of the most important things we can do for the Everglades is to conserve water said the executive director of Audubon Florida, Eric Draper. Miami-Dade Countys water conservation program, Use Less, under the leadership of Doug Yoder, exemplifies this commitment to water conservation through quantifiable results.

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Distrust in Government Growing

Distrust in the government is growing, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday. Reports of the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party and conservative groups have grown in volume and intensity over the past month, and the number of Americans following stories about the IRS scandal is now higher than ever.

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Americans Fear Government Will Use NSA Data Against Political Opponents

More than half of American voters fear the government will use National Security Agency data to harass political opponents, according to a newly-released Rasmussen Reports poll. Fifty-seven percent of Americans said it was very likely or somewhat likely the NSA data would be used to harass political opponents. Thirty percent said the scenario would be somewhat unlikely or very unlikely.

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Jeb Bush: 'Split Ballot' on 2016 Presidential Bid

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush might be considering a bid for president in 2016, but not all of his family members believe he should be running for the position.

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State Board of Education to Meet in Tampa Tuesday

The State Board of Education will meet in Tampa on Tuesday to discuss the transition to Common Core, an education initiative focusing on mathematics and English Language Arts. There are five key components to the English Language Arts portion of the Common Core initiative: reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and media and technology. The two main components of the mathematical portion of the Common Core initiative are mathematical practice and mathematical standards.

Florida will be implementing the Common Core standards beginning in the 2014 school year.

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