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12 min ago | The Miami Herald

Sen. Bill Nelson seeks local solution to expand Medicaid in Florida

Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured Floridians has mostly been ignored by Republicans during this year's legislative session, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, is making a last-ditch effort to get it done.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Medicaid, Health, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Bill Nelson, Florida

Wed Apr 16, 2014

WESH-TV

Polk inmate, wife accused of stealing 25 credit card numbers

LIVE IN OSCEOLA COUNTY,MICHELLE MEREDITH, WESH 2 NEWS. A MAN CURRENTLY IN PRISON FOR CHILD ABUSE IS ACCUSED IN TAKING PART OF A GRAND THEFT SCHEME FROM BEHIND BARS.

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Related Topix: Prison, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law, Florida

WZVN-TV Fort Myers

DEP to continue with Collier oil drilling proposal

It's gone from a matter of "if" to "when." A controversial oil drilling proposal now appears imminent, or is it? Late Tuesday night, the Department of Environmental Protection sent out a strong message it still doesn't plan to deny drilling near sensitive wildlife and people.

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Miami New Times

Amazon Will Start Charging Florida Sales Tax on May 1

We're sure that after yesterday the last thing you want to hear about is more taxes.

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Related Topix: Florida, Ruskin, FL, Lakeland, FL, Polk County, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Florida legislators push for millions in spending

Florida legislators with extra money to spend are trying to steer taxpayer funds to everything from gun ranges and a military museum to a course designed to teach "sexual risk avoidance."

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Related Topix: Florida, Miami, FL, Tax, US News, Rick Scott, US Governors

WPXI

Cops: Mom on crack-cocaine binge gives birth in motel bathtub

An infant is in critical condition days after his mother said she gave birth in a Florida motel bathtub while on a crack-cocaine binge.

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DeLand Beacon

DeLand-based photographer documents disappearing Florida lifestyles

PHOTO COURTESY OF CINDERIC DOCUMENTARIES INC. He listens - DeLand resident Eric Dusenbery is a photographer and a "story listener," whose photography skills enable him to use many types of equipment.

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Related Topix: Florida, Deland, FL, Photography, Arts, Cameras

Examiner.com

Protect Florida springs for future generations

As part of a 5-month clean-up project to improve water quality and flow, hundreds of artifacts dating from the Ice Age to the 20th century were recovered in a Florida spring.

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Related Topix: Florida, Environment, Science

District Administration

Grades are in: Digital learning gets more state attention

States are passing legislation to improve technology use in K12 classrooms, having debated more than 450 digital learning bills and having signed 132 into law last year, according to the Digital Learning Report Card 2013.

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Related Topix: Florida, Texas

Tue Apr 15, 2014

The Miami Herald

Scott campaign ads serve up baloney

The next governor of Florida could be determined by the success or failure of the Affordable Care Act.

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Related Topix: Florida, Rick Scott, US Governors, Charlie Crist

The Heartland Institute

Bill Would Force Florida Brewers to Pay Distributors for Their Own Beer

A bill in Florida that would make small brewers sell their own bottled or canned beer to distributors and then buy it back even though the beer would never leave the premises has created a national stir involving the "three-tiered" distribution system in that state.

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Related Topix: Beer, Drink, Florida

The Miami Herald

Gov. Scott calls for Florida Senate to fund reforms in child protection

Gov. Rick Scott visited a Department of Children & Families service center in Opa-locka on Tuesday to tout additional funding and staffing for the troubled agency's child protection system.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Rick Scott, Florida, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law

Mediaite.com

WSJ Columnist: If GOP Nominates Rand Paul, They Deserve Another 'Landslide Defeat'

In a tongue-in-cheek column in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday , columnist Bret Stephens backed Sen. Rand Paul to be the Republican Party's next presidential nominee.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Florida, Chris Christie, US Governors, Dick Cheney

WRUF-AM Gainesville

Concerns Raised About Corporal Punishment in North Central Florida Schools

According to Tiffany Cowie, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Education, Suwannee reported 359 students received corporal punishment during the 2012-13 school year.

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Related Topix: Florida, Suwannee, FL, Education Etc., Suwannee County, FL, Santa Rosa County, FL

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Good view of lunar eclipse for S. Florida early birds | Video

Thanks to mostly clear skies, many South Floridians had front-row seat early Tuesday to the first total lunar eclipse of 2014.

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Mon Apr 14, 2014

CBS Local

Crist Delivers Blistering Attack Of Scott

Former Gov. Charlie Crist is delivering a blistering attack on his successor as he aims to reclaim his former office.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Charlie Crist, Rick Scott, Florida

The Miami Herald

Florida lawmakers will re-evaluate funding model for safety net hospitals

With the federal government making clear last week that no new Medicaid money is coming Florida's way, legislators say it's important they re-evaluate a new funding model that safety-net hospitals say will cost them hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Medicaid, Health, US Politics, Florida, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Bill Nelson, US House of Representatives, Representative Kathy Castor

The Island Packet

Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

Party operatives are pushing a constitutional amendment that would make Florida the first state in the South to legalize some pot use.

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Related Topix: US News, Healthcare Law, Law, Marijuana, Florida, 2012 Presidential Election, US Politics

Miami New Times

Sen. Nelson Says Florida Has Overtaken New York in Population, But That Might Not Be True Yet

According to estimates, Florida is slated to become the third most populated state in the nation sometime in the next few years.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Bill Nelson, Florida

Sunherald.com

Plan would change payments for mental health care

Under the current system, the state Department of Children and Families contracts with 117 public and private Crisis Stabilization Units around the state to provide emergency mental health treatment, paying nearly $300 a day per bed regardless of whether they are occupied.

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