Florida Governor Rick Scott makes his State of the State address in Tallahassee, Fla., on March 5, 2013.
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MIAMI - Gov. Rick Scott isn't ready to give up just yet on imposing random drug tests for thousands of state workers.
Attorneys for the Republican governor are asking the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to reinstate the tests. Scott's executive order requiring drug testing for about 85,000 state employees was declared unconstitutional last year by a Miami federal judge who said it amounted to an unreasonable search.
Scott's lawyers say it comes down to protecting public safety and boosting worker productivity.
Opposing drug testing are a state workers labor union and the American Civil Liberties Union.
In a related case, the same appeals court in February upheld a lower court's decision blocking a law requiring drug testing for Florida welfare applicants.
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Wildlife officials say 20 whales believed to be part of a pod found stranded in the Everglades this week were spotted Friday afternoon moving closer toward shore, a sign they may be reversing their earlier, positive course.