In the News: Statewide Employee Drug Testing Without Suspicion Ruled Unconstitutional, Lottery Sales Terminated At Pompano Beach Locations, Local Residents Complete Boston Marathon, Student Loan Borrowers Pay When Co-Signer Dies
U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Florida Gov. Rick Scott on drug testing – The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s petition to review a ruling that marked his random drug testing policy for state employees as unconstitutional. This leaves a May 2013 appeals court ruling against Scott’s 2011 order that consented suspicionless drug testing of state employees. A judge previously ruled that the testing violated Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches. Tampa Bay Times
Florida Lottery terminates sales at 3 locations – Lottery officials have permanently ended three South Florida store contracts after finding evidence of fraud. Akel Market, Georgia Market and Kwik Stop Food Store in Pompano Beach had all lottery equipment removed from their stores earlier this month. Associated Press
13 area residents complete Boston Marathon – Thirteen North Florida residents traveled to Boston to compete in the Boston Marathon on Monday. One of them, Mike Hensley of Gainesville, finished 117th overall. Despite what happened last year, Hensley said he wasn’t afraid before or after the race. Gainesville Sun
Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan – Student loan borrowers who had a relative co-sign for them are finding that they must immediately pay the private loans in full if the relative dies. This does not apply to federally issued loans. Associated Press
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Local bar and music venue The Jam will close its doors this November after lease troubles and other plans for the area.
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