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School board forum tonight at EFSC campus in Cocoa

floridatoday.com — FLORIDA TODAY is partnering with Eastern Florida State College to host a candidate forum for school board races this evening. The forum, which is open to the public, will feature candidates for Brevard County School Board seats in Districts 1, 2 and 5. This event will be from 7 to 9 p.m.

Melbourne makes tax change in budget re-do

floridatoday.com — MELBOURNE -- After four votes, 35 minutes and a bit of political strategy, the city council tonight approved a property tax rate that is less than where the council started discussions last week. The city will move forward in the budget process with a tentative tax rate of $7.31 per $1,000 taxable value, essentially the same as the current year.

Commissioner boots appointee after raising BCA concerns

floridatoday.com — The executive director of a Melbourne community theater was removed this week from an advisory cultural panel - less than three weeks after she raised questions about how tax money is being spent on the arts.
Jul 29, 2014

Update: #Brevard #tourism board to decide whether to boot committee member who raised tax concerns on.flatoday.com/1rMVXXD via @Florida_Today

Jul 29, 2014

BREAKING: Local theater official ousted from panel after criticizing #Brevard Cultural Alliance on.flatoday.com/1rMVXXD via @Florida_Today

Port Canaveral's new docks earn positive feedback

floridatoday.com — Port Canaveral's new recreational boat docks just west of Jetty Park opened over the weekend, and port officials and a fishing advocate say early feedback has been positive. The eight-slip boat ramp that opened Saturday replaces a six-slip ramp at Freddie Patrick Park, which closed two days later.

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse's legacy continues to shine

floridatoday.com — At 175 feet, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida. In the United States, only North Carolina's Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Virginia's Cape Charles Lighthouse are taller. Many people who brave the 203 steps to get to the top of the structure have a more difficult time coming down than going up.

Matt Reed: The dilemma for innocent defendants

floridatoday.com — The criminal justice system continues to treat black and white defendants differently. It also convicts innocent people. But whose fault is that, considering that nearly 95 percent of convictions result from plea bargains where defendants agree to the sentences?
Jul 29, 2014

Experiment on FIT students reveals something scary about plea bargains and the innocent #Brevard on.flatoday.com/1mVE2pQ via @Florida_Today

Jul 29, 2014

RT @Mackenzie_Ryan: Fascinating study by @FloridaTech Professor Vanessa Edkins // The dilemma for innocent defendants on.flatoday.com/1mVE2pQ via @Florida_Today

Jul 29, 2014

Fascinating study by @FloridaTech Professor Vanessa Edkins // The dilemma for innocent defendants on.flatoday.com/1mVE2pQ via @Florida_Today

Palm Bay woman dies after using generator inside home

floridatoday.com — A Palm Bay woman is dead of carbon monoxide poisoning and her boyfriend in critical condition after the pair apparently used a generator in their home's garage to supply power after a weekend storm left them without electricity.
Jul 29, 2014

Generator Death: A woman is dead and her boyfriend in critical condition after police said they started up a... fb.me/1F8KtsSLQ

UCF picked to finish second behind Cincinnati in American Athletic Conference

floridatoday.com — UCF was picked to finish second to Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference preseason poll released Tuesday morning. The Knights are the defending champions and finished 12-1 last season, beating Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. They received seven first-place votes. Cincinnati received 17 of the 30 first-place votes.
Jul 29, 2014

psh... RT @FLATODAYSPORTS: UCF picked to finish second behind Cincinnati in American Athletic Conference: floridatoday.com/story/sports/2… #Knights

July 2013: Time for BPS software buy is not now, group urges

floridatoday.com — Earlier this year, a handful of parents, feeling sidelined by the political process to close schools, met in the kitchen of one of their homes and decided: Something must be done. That something was the creation of a political action committee, formed just a day before the Brevard School Board's scheduled vote to shutter the schools.
Jul 29, 2014

FROM THE ARCHIVES: The 2013 story that explains concerns about Brevard School's software purchase: floridatoday.com/story/news/edu… #Brevard

Momsense: Bumps, bruises no reason to recoil

floridatoday.com — I love the ocean. But I'd be lying if I didn't admit I'm a little afraid of it. Blame "Jaws," for one. And my worries took on a whole new dimension as a journalist in the Sunshine State.

Sewer maintenance to stop up Melbourne roadways

Meet the candidates for County Commission District 2

floridatoday.com — Meet the candidates. Florida Today's Matt Reed interviews each of the candidates running for the District 2 Brevard County Commission seat. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Meet Jim Barfield: Meet Tim Harber: Meet Michael Hartman: Meet Jack Smink: Meet Ron Taylor: Read or Share this story: http://on.flatoday.com/1mYtsOZ
Jul 29, 2014

Video interviews: Meet the candidates for #Brevard County Commission District 2 on.flatoday.com/1mYtsOZ via @Florida_Today

Meet the candidates for County Commission District 4

floridatoday.com — Meet the candidates. Florida Today's Matt Reed interviews each of the candidates running for the District 4 Brevard County Commission seat. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
Jul 29, 2014

Video interviews: Meet the candidates for #Brevard County Commission District 4 on.flatoday.com/1mYqDxg via @Florida_Today

Florida VA sites altered wait times to falsify treatment compliance

floridatoday.com — Schedulers at the Department of Veterans Affairs' clinic at Eglin Air Force Base were told to improve wait times by changing the date veterans requested a medical appointment so it appeared they got treated within 14 days of their request. Staff at the VA's medical center at Bay Pines health center in St.
Jul 29, 2014

Florida #VA sites altered wait times to falsify treatment compliance. Viera VA appear good shape on.flatoday.com/1rM6a6J via @Florida_Today

Brevard Public Schools delays final software payment

floridatoday.com — Brevard Public Schools is delaying the final payment for a controversial software purchase that was sold as a way to make the financial and human resources systems more efficient. And that could add fuel to the political fire sparked by the purchase, which has been held up by some as an example of misguided district spending.
Jul 29, 2014

Brevard Schools delays final payment to software vender over a controversial purchase, a decision they call "mutual" floridatoday.com/story/news/loc…

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