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2 hrs ago |

Miami Beach prepares for extreme high tides

Climate change is not only already visible in iconic South Beach, but so is climate change adaptation, in the form of new storm water pumps meant to keep rising sea levels from swamping low-lying streets, city officials said Wednesday. Extreme high tides in the fall and spring push seawater up through aging infrastructure, flooding some Miami Beach streets with more than a foot of water even on sunny days, snarling vehicle and pedestrian traffic.


Related Topix: Weather, Florida

3 hrs ago | The Times

Gorrie inducted into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Apalachicola physician and inventor John Gorrie, M.D. may have lived nearly two centuries ago, but he's still the "class" of 2014.


Related Topix: Florida, Inventions, Science / Technology, Apalachicola, FL, Franklin County, FL, Tampa, FL

7 hrs ago | Mother Jones

Why Rick Scott's Facing a Tea Party Revolt in Florida

Rick Scott was a tea party darling when he squeaked out a victory in 2010 to become governor of Florida with the help of an army of grassroots conservative activists. Four years later, Scott, facing a tight reelection race, is having trouble rallying his former soldiers to his cause.


Related Topix: Florida, Rick Scott, US Governors, US News, Tea Party, 2012 Presidential Election, US Politics, Republican, US House of Representatives, Mike Pence

11 hrs ago | WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Florida third highest rate of uninsured in 2013

One out of every five Floridians were without health insurance the year before the Affordable Care Act's 2014 insurance requirements took effect, new U.S. Census Bureau figures show. Florida third highest rate of uninsured in 2013 One out of every five Floridians were without health insurance the year before the Affordable Care Act's 2014 insurance requirements took effect, new U.S. Census Bureau figures show.


Related Topix: Florida, Health Insurance, Health, Healthcare Law, Law, Medicaid

Tue Sep 16, 2014


Florida governor candidates lack plans for Hispanic wage gap

With the outcome of this election potentially resting with the Latino vote, neither Charlie Crist or Rick Scott are making promises, or outlining clear plans to close the wage gap. HE WAS INTERESTED IN DOMINANCE AND BONDAGE.


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

St. Petersburg Times

Florida governor's race on pace to be costliest, closest this year

The race for Florida governor is shaping up to be one of the closest and costliest in the nation this year, as the Washington money pours in. The Democratic Governors Association just gave Charlie Crist another $1.5 million, bringing the total it has invested in the Florida governor's race to about $5.6 million.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Steve Southerland, Florida, Charlie Crist, US Governors, Alex Sink, Rick Scott

Capital Soup

Florida First to Help Military Families with Waivers

Florida is the first state in the country to offer Medicaid waiver services to active military families deployed from another state where they were already receiving services. The Florida Legislature passed and Governor Rick Scott signed the 2014-2015 It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget which created this program.


Related Topix: Florida, Healthcare Law, Law, Rick Scott, US Governors, US Military, US Air Force, Eglin Air Force Base


Gov. Rileya s group awards 1,474 scholarships

An organization headed by former Gov. Bob Riley has awarded nearly 1,500 scholarships for students to attend private schools rather than failing public schools. The Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund released enrollment figures Monday along with an audit report by an accounting firm saying none of its board members, including Riley, received any money.


Related Topix: US Governors, Bob R. Riley, Alabama Government, Alabama, Florida

WCTV Tallahassee

Universities Want Boost in Aid for Needy Students

Florida universities say they need millions to deal with the fallout from changes to the state's popular Bright Futures scholarship program. The Board of Governors is expected this week to discuss a $45 million boost in financial aid that goes to students who come from lower income families.


Related Topix: Florida, Lottery

WCTV Tallahassee

Florida Marks 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Ivan

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan. Ivan was the third of the 2004 North Atlantic hurricanes to make landfall in Florida, and left behind an estimated $14.2 billion in damages.


Related Topix: Florida, Hurricane, Natural Disasters

Business Journal

Florida the third-worst state for health insurance coverage

The needle barely moved for health insurance coverage in Florida last year as the state remained the third worst for the rate of uninsured residents. According to U.S. Census Bureau data released on Tuesday, Florida had 3.85 million uninsured residents in 2013, up from 3.82 million in 2012.


Related Topix: Florida, Health Insurance, Healthcare Law, Law

Business Journal

Florida nursery: Proposed pot law favors out-of-state businesses

Almost before the ink was dry, the state's largest nursery is protesting a rule floated by health regulators setting up the framework for Florida's new medical-marijuana industry. Miami-based Costa Farms filed a challenge Monday in the state Division of Administrative Hearings, questioning the proposed use of a lottery to pick five licensees - one in each region of the state - to grow, process and distribute the non-euphoric strains of cannabis legalized by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott this spring.


Related Topix: Florida, Marijuana, US Governors, Rick Scott

CBS Local

Crist Campaign Gets Cash Infusion, Still Trails Scott

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and his supporters were busy adding to the campaign's coffers in the last week or two. With infusions of cash from teachers unions and state matching funds, Crist and a closely aligned political committee raised a combined $25 million as of Sept.


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

Broward-Palm Beach

Medical Marijuana Town Hall Meeting Going Down at Broward College Tuesday

The debate for legalizing medical marijuana has been traveling throughout Florida the past few weeks, and now it's making its stop in our neck of the woods. United For Care and Drug Free Florida will be going head-to-head before the public in Broward, in a town hall debate Tuesday morning.


Related Topix: Drugs, Florida, Marijuana

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Capital Soup

Governor Rick Scott Encourages Floridians to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the following statement regarding Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15 and ends October 15: "Ann and I are excited to join all Floridians in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. With more than four million Hispanics in Florida, communities throughout the Sunshine State will recognize this month-long celebration with a wide range of events and activities.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Florida, Rick Scott

Silicon Alley Insider

One Of Romney's Biggest Wall Street Backers Thinks He'll Run In 2016

Scaramucci, one of Romney's biggest backers on Wall Street during the 2012 race, predicted on Monday that Romney would ultimately end up running if other establishment favorites like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush , back out. "I don't think he's 100% made the decision," Scaramucci said in a Fox Business interview.


Related Topix: Florida, Jeb Bush, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Government

The Raw Story

Six Florida prison officers jailed and fired for setting up inmate beating, lying about it

A corrections officer lied when he said an inmate spit in his face to justify a brutal beating last month at a Florida prison, investigators said. Capt.


Related Topix: Florida, Household Products, Retail, Kirkland's

JD Supra

Marijuana Use For Alleged Depression and Anxiety Can Still Get You Fired In Florida

There can be no doubt that Americans' views on the legality of marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes has shifted over the past few years. A recent survey conducted by Fextel, Inc. and found that over 73% of Floridians would support a constitutional amendment to allow the use of medical marijuana to treat debilitating medical conditions, and 58% support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.


Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Florida, Rick Scott, US Governors, Fire


Paul, Clinton top NH presidential poll

Libertarian-leaning Sen. Rand Paul is the most popular Republican among the crowded list of potential presidential candidates in New Hampshire, according to a new CNN/ORC poll out Monday. The same poll finds that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead among potential Democratic candidates in the Granite State.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal, US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton, Florida

WCTV Tallahassee

Florida Residents Can Save on Energy-Efficient Appliances this Weekend

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam wants to remind consumers to save money this weekend by purchasing select energy-efficient appliances and water-saving products. Thanks to a partnership this year with Sen. Anitere Flores and Rep. Mike Hill, along with other Legislative leaders, an upcoming tax-free holiday will help consumers save money on these purchases, and on their future utility bills.


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