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School Grades Will be Released Friday

School grades for the 2012-2013 academic year will be released Friday, but not after the grading formula had been tweaked. At a State Board of Education meeting in June, superintendents from Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties expressed concerns that schools in their districts would suffer huge grade drops due to a change in the grading formula.

Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett then formed a task force to take a deeper look at the grading formula. Bennett then recommended extending a safety net so that schools wouldn't drop more than one letter grade in a year.

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Coup, What Coup? Obama Denies Military Coup in Egypt

The Obama administration is set to tell lawmakers that the ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was no military coup, according to the Associated Press. This determination would allow the U.S. to keep open a $1.5 billion-a-year aid spigot to Egypt. U.S. law currently prohibits giving direct aid to countries where democratically elected leaders are overthrown by the military.

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Rick Scott to Obama: U.S. Should Be More Like Florida

Gov. Rick Scott spoke out in anticipation of President Barack Obama's arrival on Thursday to Jacksonville to discuss economic policies, urging the president to implement similar corporate tax cuts to help manufacturers.

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Add Nan Rich's Name to List of Protesters at Florida Capitol

Nan Rich is joining the protest against Stand Your Ground laws at the Florida Capitol. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate is the first political candidate in Florida to join in on the protest, which entered its 10th day Thursday.

The lack of equality in this state and how our laws are administered are important issues, said Rich. Stand Your Ground and the juvenile justice concerns these young people have raised are worth talking about.

Rich actually voted for the law in 2005 when it was approved by the Florida Senate 39-0.

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Florida Air Emissions Hit All-Time Low

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday that air emissions from Florida's industrial facilities hit the lowest levels ever in 2012. The FDEP began tracking emissions in 1985 in order to curb pollutants.

Annual air emissions have declined nearly 22 percent since 2010, bringing the emissions to 412,628 tons. A decade ago, Florida's industrial facilities were emitting nearly 1.1 million tons of pollutants each year. The decreased air emissions mean Florida's air quality has improved as a result.

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Rick Scott Speaks Out on Reinsurance Tax Legislation

Gov. Rick Scott is joining a number of state and local officials who are voicing their opposition to legislation denying tax deductions for certain reinsurance premiums paid to foreign-based affiliates of domestic insurers. In a letter to Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., the governor warned that the legislation could have a "disastrous impact" on small businesses and homeowners in Florida.

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Jacksonville Prepares to Welcome President Obama

President Obama will be stopping in Jacksonville Thursday morning to speak about the economy. Obama will be delivering remarks at the Jacksonville Port Authority as part of a larger campaign to emphasize the Obama administration's attempts to build the economy by boosting the middle class.

Obama began the campaign in his home state of Illinois at Knox College.

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Americans Want to Cut Spending to Reduce Deficit

Americans see less federal spending as good for the economy, according to a new poll released Wednesday by Rasmussen Reports.

The poll found 62 percent of likely American voters think the government should cut spending to deal with the nation's economic problems. Voters still aren't hot on government spending -- only 23 percent believe the government should be spending more to respond to the struggling economy.

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Florida Dems Put Rick Scott on Blast: Scott 'Missing in Action'

The Florida Democratic Party is slamming Gov. Rick Scott over his alleged absence in the wake of the scandal over the deaths of five children with a history of interaction with child-abuse investigators from the Department of Children and Families.

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NSA Says It Can't Search Through Its Own Emails

The National Security Agency, which recently came under fire for a widespread surveillance program of millions of people all over the world, is apparently not as up-to-date with its email system as it is with its spying programs.

Justin Elliott of ProPublica requested documents unrelated to the surveillance program last week, but was told the agency doesn't have the technology to do a simple search of its own employees' email.

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