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President Barack Obama looks at a mural with the Rev. Juan Rumin Dominguez at the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity during an unannounced stop before heading to airport Thursday in Miami. Obama was being shown a replica of Our Lady of Charity, the original statue resides at the shrine of El Cobre outside the city of Santiago, Cuba. [Associated Press]

Obama drops by Our Lady of Charity, becoming first U.S. president to visit Miami shrine to Cuban saint (w/video)

MIAMI — President Barack Obama extended a symbolic olive branch Thursday to Miami's Cuban Americans by paying his respects to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre in Coconut Grove. Earlier in the day, Obama visited the National Hurricane Center and met privately with the family of Steven Sotloff, the journ …

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    Scott's latest LIP plan avoids state money but costs hospitals

    Gov. Rick Scott released details of his latest proposal to draw down $2.3 billion in federal Low Income Pool funds on Thursday. While the formula is higher than previously announced, it does not use any state dollars to backfill the loss but it cuts reimbursements to hospitals by $214 million....

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    Tampa chamber urges Legislature to expand health care coverage

    As the Legislature heads into next week's special session on the budget, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce on Thursday restaked its position in support of expanding Medicaid....

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    Why didn't more firms bid to evaluate Florida's testing validity?

    The news that just one firm submitted a proposal to review the Florida Standards Assessments raised eyebrows among the activists seeking to reform the state testing system....

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