Florida Senate committee advances bill to ban fracking for oil and gas

TALLAHASSEE | A bill that would ban fracking in Florida advanced in the Senate on Tuesday, but House members appear less receptive to the idea.

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Florida legislators hide projects in university budgets

Progress Boulevard Extension is one of Alachua’s newest roads, courtesy of Florida’s taxpayers. State lawmakers agreed to pay $500,000 for the two-lane, black-topped road that leads to nowhere.

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Budget analysts expect Florida’s Medicaid costs to rise next year

TALLAHASSEE | State budget forecasters determined Wednesday that next year’s Medicaid budget could be $26.2 billion — $2.5 billion more than what the program required in last year’s budget cycle.

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Florida’s attorney general to challenge death penalty ruling

TALLAHASSEE | Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will appeal a Florida Supreme Court ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case in which the justices deemed unconstitutional a rewritten sentencing rule for the state’s death penalty.

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Florida legislators meet their new leaders

TALLAHASSEE | Wielding the threat of a $1 billion shortfall, Richard Corcoran spent his first day as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives extolling his plan to tighten control of lobbyists and thwart last-minute projects slipped into the budget.

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Search for new Enterprise Florida CEO yields 92 applicants

TALLAHASSEE — With less than a month before a Sept. 28 deadline, more than 90 applicants have applied to take over as leader of the heavily... Read more

Scott talks about Zika on TV

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott criticized the federal government’s lack of response to the Zika virus, expressing frustration that... Read more

Scott continues push for Syrians seeking refuge in U.S. to be screened

Gov. Rick Scott delivered fiery words Thursday, four days after 49 people were shot dead at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

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Enterprise Florida chief bypassed bid process to hire speechwriter, paid her $158K in contracts

TALLAHASSEE — The outgoing chief of Gov. Rick Scott’s job-creating agency that recently fell under scrutiny for overspending paid one of... Read more

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