- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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FIRST LADY TOUTS INITIATIVES FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS

Michelle Obama believes school counselors play a vital role in the American education system. The first lady wants to do her part to help them have an even bigger impact, and is promoting new initiatives she hopes will assist them. President Barack Obama has set a goal for the U.S. to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Speaking at the American School Counselor Association convention Tuesday in Orlando, the first lady said the goal is attainable, but only with help.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT STEPS CLOSER TO FLORIDA LAW LICENSE

A Florida man seeking to practice law even though he was brought illegally to the U.S. from Mexico by his parents as a young boy is a step closer to becoming an attorney. Jose Godinez-Samperio confirmed Tuesday the Florida Board of Bar Examiners recommended his admission to the state Supreme Court, which makes the final decision.



The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday declared parasailing to be risky and urged the U.S. Coast Guard to require that operators be licensed. The NTSB said people seeking to enjoy the “thrill, adventure and panoramic views of parasailing risk becoming accident victims.” The NTSB said human error is the main cause of parasailing accidents due to poor judgment, lack of sufficient experience and improper training.

RIGHTS GROUPS CALL FOR PROBE INTO SHOWER DEATH

Civil rights groups are calling for a federal investigation into the death of a mentally ill Florida prisoner left in shower so hot his skin separated from his body. The American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and other groups sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice on June 25.

HIGH NUMBERS OF DEAD FISH WAS UP IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

Officials are trying to find out what caused a number of dead fish to wash up along a portion of Ormond Beach. Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Tammy Marris says the fish were found Monday spread over section of a couple of miles. Marris says they took pictures and sent them to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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