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2 hrs ago | The Miami Herald

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 22

Radamel Falcao gets loose during AS Monaco's training session at FIU on Monday, ahead of Wednesday's friendly at Marlins Park.

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5 hrs ago | Business Journal

Parking, riders and connections: The latest facts and figures on SunRail

The Florida Department of Transportation had some hiccups, but the SunRail trains are running mostly on time, customers are happy and plans are in place for more enhancements to the $1.3 billion commuter rail system in Central Florida.

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Mon Jul 21, 2014

The Orlando Sentinel

Chapin, Hood endorse Whittington in Orange race

The high-profile endorsements could be a factor in a crowded District 6 race primary race on Aug. 26, and it covers both sides of the political aisle: The Democrat Chapin is a former county mayor, and Hood was a Republican Orlando mayor, and later served as Florida Secretary of State under Gov. Jeb Bush .

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CBS Local

Trial Judge Denies 'Stand Your Ground' Immunity Hearing For Florida Mom

The trial judge overseeing the case of Marissa Alexander, who faces 60 years in prison for firing a shot in a domestic dispute, has ruled that she is not entitled to a second immunity hearing under Florida's controversial "stand your ground" self-defense law.

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Related Topix: Florida, Life, Self Defense

Reuters

Florida utilities seek to end energy efficiency rebates

Attorneys for major power companies told state regulators Monday that mandates for energy efficiency rebates make them reward well-off Floridians at the expense of all residents and businesses.

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Related Topix: Florida, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Alternative Energy, Energy

Brandon Sun

Florida smoker's widow: $23B damages is a message to Big Tobacco, even if verdict won't stand

A Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband on Monday called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won't see much if any of the money.

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Related Topix: Florida, Smoking, Medicine, Health, Lung Cancer, Tobacco, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Holdings

St. Petersburg Times

Column: Florida taxpayers about to be railroaded

An artist's rendering shows an All Aboard Florida train. The project has already applied for $1.6 billion in federal loans and plans to rent space at a new terminal at the Orlando airport for which lawmakers recently appropriated $213 million.

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Related Topix: Florida, Train Disaster, Orlando, FL, Opinion

Capital Soup

Biomedical Research Advisory Council Announces Strategic Goals to Improve Health Outcomes in Florida

The Biomedical Research Advisory Council today announced its Strategic Goals and Tactics for the James and Esther King and the Bankhead-Coley Biomedical Research Programs, aligning research objectives with improved health outcomes and state health priorities.

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Related Topix: Florida, Medicine, Cancer, Health, Lung Cancer

National Public Radio

Legal Battle Looms Over Florida Congressional Districts

A redistricting plan crafted by the Republican-controlled Legislature in Tallahassee was partially thrown out by a state judge.

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Government Executive

County Clerk in Florida Ready to Issue Marriage Licenses for Gay Couples

Following a state judge's order handed down late last week, a county clerk in the Florida Keys has been gearing up to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting this week.

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Related Topix: Florida, Wedding, Gay/Lesbian, Miami Dade County, FL

Capital Soup

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Gov. Scott's Success in Adding Jobs Highlights Crist Failures

Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera released the following statement on Florida's economy under Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott: "As we launch our 'Jobs for the Next Generation' policy today and commit to initiatives as soon as next legislative session to grow more manufacturing jobs - Charlie Crist's record of economic failure stands out.

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

WFTV Orlando

Complaints against Crist and Scott thrown out

Election year complaints contending that Charlie Crist and former Gov. Rick Scott broke campaign finance laws are getting thrown out.

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

New Hampshire Public Radio -

Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio pauses while speaking during an event in Washington last month.

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Related Topix: US News, US Senate, Republican, US Politics, Senator Marco Rubio, Florida, Democrat, Senator Mark Warner

Sun Jul 20, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune

Ogletree: The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity

I have wondered countless times over the past 30 years whether I would live to see the end of the death penalty in the United States.

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Related Topix: Death Penalty, US News, Anthony Kennedy, Florida, Opinion

The Miami Herald

Free rides in fast lanes coming to an end for hybrid drivers

The Florida Department of Transportation plans to end free rides for registered hybrid vehicles using the I-95 express lanes in 2017.

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Related Topix: Florida, Coupe, Toyota Prius, Hybrid, Hatchback, Toyota, Sedan

Hispanic Business

Medical Marijuana: Florida's New Business Boom

Before the sun set over the rows of palms and ferns and hibiscus that Thursday, Chuck Buster had heard from a half dozen friends, all calling to tell him that his next venture could be in Florida's medical marijuana business.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Florida, Miami Dade County, FL, Broward County, FL, Agriculture, Science

Rock Hill Herald

Our leaders fail to find fix for roads

S.C. Department of Transportation workers make repairs Thursday to the Interstate 77 bridge over the Catawba River after the recent discovery of a foot-wide hole South Carolina has the most dangerous rural roads in the nation and state lawmakers don't have the collective political will to do anything about it.

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Related Topix: South Carolina, South Carolina Government, Florida, West Virginia, West Virginia Government, Virginia, Virginia Government, Nikki Haley, US Governors

St. Petersburg Times

Editorial: More gambling a losing bet for Florida

There's a lesson for Florida in Atlantic City, the New Jersey beach town that sought to re-create its former glory by marketing itself as Vegas East.

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Sat Jul 19, 2014

Daily Kos

FL-Gov: Crist (D) Agrees To Meet With Climate Scientists Who Scott (R) Doesn't Want To Talk To

Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist fueled the climate wars Friday and called Florida State University oceanography professor Jeff Chanton offering to meet with the scientists who asked to meet with Gov. Rick Scott.

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Related Topix: Charlie Crist, US Governors, Oceanography, Science, Florida State University, Rick Scott, Environment, Florida

The Miami Herald

Florida elections overflow with outside money

More than $200 million has flowed into the state since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling loosened the rules on corporate and union giving.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Bill Young, Florida, US Supreme Court

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