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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 6:07 am

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

FLORIDA GETS BONUS IN FOOD STAMP PROGRAM

Florida is getting a $7 million bonus from the federal government over how the state is running its food stamp program. The Department of Children and Families announced on Thursday that the federal government has awarded the state a bonus for the seventh year in a row. DCF said that Florida's error rate of 0.81 percent was the second lowest in the nation. Last year, Florida had the lowest error rate.

FLORIDA MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR TURTLE EGG POACHING

A South Florida man has been sentenced to two years in prison for poaching more than 300 sea turtle eggs. Kenneth Cornelius Coleman of Riviera Beach pleaded guilty in March to one count of unlawfully transporting endangered sea turtle eggs. He faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he was sentenced Thursday.

PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON US SNAKE BAN PROPOSAL

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking more public comment on a proposal to add five types of giant snakes to an existing federal python ban. Officials have proposed adding boa constrictors, reticulated pythons and three species of anacondas to the ban that already prohibits anyone from importing Burmese pythons, yellow anacondas and northern and southern African pythons into the U.S. or transporting them across state lines.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE PART IN MOCK OUTBREAK

A group of high school students from around the country are taking part in a mock outbreak of an infectious disease in Miami. The 50 students will visit Florida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine on Friday. A school statement says the students will find themselves in the midst of a mock outbreak of a highly infectious disease.

FWC OFFERS FREE HUNTER SAFETY COURSE IN MIAMI

State wildlife officials are hosting a free hunter safety course in Miami. The course held by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission runs Friday through Sunday at Castellow Hammock Park. The commission said in a news release that students must attend all three days of the course. Attendees will learn about hunting laws, safe gun handling and hunter ethics, among other topics.

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