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Divided Senate backs ending ‘liquor wall’

TALLAHASSEE | A heavily lobbied proposal to knock down a Depression-era ban on liquor being sold alongside groceries narrowly survived the Senate on Thursday, after a passionate debate that included some opponents warning the change could make alcohol more accessible to — or even “kill” — children.

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Ex-regulator Edgar exits state parks job

TALLAHASSEE | Former utility regulator Lisa Edgar has left her position as director of the Florida Park Service two months after being appointed to the job.

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FPL accelerates plans to add solar power

Florida’s largest electric utility intends to double its solar-energy plans for the coming year, leading solar proponents to praise the announcement — and say they would like to see more.

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Gov. Scott confident agencies will survive session

ORLANDO | Gov. Rick Scott wouldn’t say Friday whether he would sign a budget from the Legislature that fails to include his requests for tourism-marketing and business-recruitment money.

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Scott tries to rally support in incentives fight

ORLANDO | Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday urged members of Enterprise Florida to lobby lawmakers as the business-recruitment agency and tourism-marketer Visit Florida have been put on the chopping block by House leaders.

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Agency chiefs leaving Scott administration

TALLAHASSEE | Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will begin exploring Tuesday how to replace Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson, who, with Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, is leaving the administration midway into the governor’s final term.

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Officials worry over China interest in Bahamas fishing deal

TALLAHASSEE | Florida wildlife officials expressed concern Wednesday the government of the Bahamas is in talks with China to split fishing rights in waters east of Florida.

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Rubio fends off Murphy in Senate race

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who started the year declaring he wouldn’t seek re-election, retained his seat Tuesday, winning a second six-year term by defeating Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy.

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Justices reject efford to block solar amendment

TALLAHASSEE | The Florida Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a pair of legal moves aimed at striking down a solar-energy ballot initiative backed by major utilities.

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Utilities continue pouring money into solar amendment

TALLAHASSEE | Four major electric utilities have surpassed the $20 million mark in combined contributions to support a proposed constitutional amendment on solar energy.

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ELECTION 2016: Voters to flip switch on utility-backed solar amendment

Backers tout Amendment 1 on the November ballot as a consumer protection measure, but critics and editorial boards malign the effort as an attempt to hinder the development of alternative fuels.

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