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23 min ago | National Journal

Florida Redistricting Fight Spawns a Lawmaker's Legal-Expense Fund

With his district one of the main flash points in the fight over Florida's invalidated congressional map, GOP Rep. Daniel Webster has established a special legal-expense fund to solicit donations to help pay for his court fights.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Representative Daniel Webster, Republican, US House of Representatives, Corrine Brown, Florida, Democrat

4 hrs ago | Palm Beach Post

Floridians to get more than $1 billion from record Bank of America settlement

An estimated 17,000 Floridians will share more than $1 billion from the record $17 billion settlement announced today between the Justice Department and Bank of America.

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Related Topix: Florida, Home, Mortgage, Personal Finance

8 hrs ago | Creative Loafing Tampa

Rick Scott says he'll spend more money on per student spending than anyone ever has in Florida

To paraphrase a hackneyed John McCain phrase, Rick Scott has been spending more money than a drunken sailor on the 2014 campaign trail, and he made his boldest funding proposal of the campaign this morning, announcing an increase in total state funding for education to over $19.6 billion.

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

8 hrs ago | The Wall Street Journal

Florida's New Redistricting Plan: Round Two

Florida Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis heard arguments Wednesday about whether to throw out the Florida Legislature's redrawn congressional map, which critics say unfairly advantages Republicans, hurts minority voters and is unconstitutional.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Corrine Brown, Florida, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat

9 hrs ago | News Talk Florida

Per Student Spending: Highest In Florida History Next Year

PER STUDENT SPENDING WILL BE HIGHEST IN FLORIDA HISTORY NEXT YEAR Will propose an increase in total state funding for education to over $19.6 billion Governor Rick Scott said, "I am proud to announce that in the upcoming legislative session we will propose an increase in Florida's per-pupil spending to the highest level in our state's history.

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Related Topix: Florida, US Governors, Rick Scott, Education Etc.

11 hrs ago | Northwest Florida Daily News

NWF State concludes 50th celebration

The event concluded Tuesday afternoon one day before classes started in the 2014 fall semester and exactly 50 years after the first classes were held at the school.

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Related Topix: Florida

15 hrs ago | WPTV Local News

Noise walls coming to parts of Kanner Highway?

Expanding Kanner Highway in Martin County could mean more noise. Plans are already in the works though to put up noise walls.

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Related Topix: Florida

Wed Aug 20, 2014

Boing Boing

Child arrested after writing story about shooting a dinosaur

Ryan Hamilton might not have seen the Nissan Altima coming outside of his home in New Jersey.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Florida

Boing Boing

Florida anti-pot leader: weed is a date rape drug and will make you gay and vulnerable to AIDS

A vast majority of Floridians, including Republicans, are in favor of medical marijuana.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Florida, Marijuana

Click Orlando

Kids left in hot car cases: Some caretakers charged, some not

When Orange County Sheriff's deputies were called to an Avalon Park pediatrician's office late last month, they said they collected enough evidence - witness statements, 911 calls - to recommend child neglect charges for Ottilie Jeetan.

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Related Topix: Family, Kids, Criminal Defense Law, Law, Prison, Florida

Navy Times

Potential GOP candidates use beheading to hammer Obama over IS

Republicans are using the beheading of an American journalist in Syria to mount new attacks on President Barack Obama, urging him to get tougher on a radical Sunni group.

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Related Topix: US News, Journalism, US Politics, Barack Obama, Senator Marco Rubio, US Senate, Republican, Florida, Iraq, World News, Middle East

Capital Soup

Florida Hospital Association Receives Florida Health Care Coalition's Community Quality Award

The Florida Hospital Association has been selected as recipient of the 2014 Florida Health Care Coalition Community Quality Award.

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Related Topix: Florida

St. Petersburg Times

Florida prisons boss, under fire over shower death, announces changes

Florida's Department of Corrections, embarrassed by reports of a mentally ill inmate killed by guards - allegedly when they locked him in a brutally hot shower and left him - says it is instituting a series of system-wide reforms.

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Related Topix: Florida

News Talk Florida

Florida: 5 Things To Know For August 20

A Florida judge is going to review a new congressional map approved by the state Legislature.

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Related Topix: Florida, Ocala, FL, Live Oak, FL, St Lucie County, FL

The Miami Herald

New map for Congress goes before Florida judge

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether the map approved last week by legislators is constitutional.

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Related Topix: Florida

Tue Aug 19, 2014

WESH-TV

Who's eligible to get health insurance in Florida before Nov?

More than 200,000 Floridians may be eligible to sign up for health insurance under President Obama's Affordable Care Act soon even though enrollment doesn't officially start until November.

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Related Topix: Florida

WZVN-TV Fort Myers

Port Charlotte nursing home on watch list after patient death

Signature Healthcare of Port Charlotte has been placed on the US Nursing Home Watch List.

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Related Topix: Nursing, Medicine, Florida

Orlando Weekly

Rick Scott's private email scandal

"[Attorney] Steve Andrews has a personal grudge against state government and no shortage of time to file lawsuits as a trial lawyer representing himself.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Rick Scott, Florida

Examiner.com

More people visit Florida and more tourism jobs are created

According to an organization known as VISIT FLORIDA, 24 million people visited Florida in the second quarter of 2014 and this represents an increase of three percent over the same period in 2013.

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Related Topix: Florida, US Governors, Rick Scott

Business Journal

Florida could see major economic upside from same-sex marriages, study shows

Wedding bells at same-sex marriages could be music to the ears of Florida's tourism industry and cash-strapped governments.

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Related Topix: Florida, Wedding

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