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5 Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 29

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TEACHERS UNION, OTHERS SUE VOUCHER PROGRAM

Florida's teachers union along with the NAACP and organizations representing school boards and school officials are suing over the state's largest private school voucher program.The lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to dismantle a program that serves more than 60,000 students, many of them from low income families.

FLORIDA DEMOCRATS HOLD UNITY RALLIES

Just days after Florida's primary election, the state's Democrats are making a show of unity at rallies in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. The rallies Thursday included appearances by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and Attorney General nominee George Sheldon.

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF FPL

The Florida Supreme Court is upholding a rate increase by the state's largest utility. The court ruled Tuesday that the Public Service Commission didn't err when it reached a settlement with Florida Power & Light on a rate increase. Since the agreement the typical customer's bill has gone up just under $5 a month, but FPL spokesman Mark Bubriski said bills will drop by about $2 a month beginning in January.

WALDO PLACES INTERIM POLICE CHIEF ON LEAVE

Waldo city officials have placed the acting police chief on administrative leave after allegations from fellow officers that he installed city-owned surveillance equipment for personal use and improperly stored evidence. Waldo City Manager Kim Worley on Thursday announced Cpl. Kenneth Smith's leave and asked for a commander from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office to take over while the issues are being resolved.

VOTEL TAKES HELM OF US SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND

Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base. The 56-year-old general assumed command during a ceremony at the Tampa Convention Center on Thursday. He replaces Navy Admiral William McRaven, who is retiring. Votel's last assignment was commander of the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.

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