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Florida Senate approves bill to let grocery outlets sell hard liquor in stores

TALLAHASSEE — Floridians are one step closer to being able to buy whiskey, rum or vodka in a grocery store. Legislators passed the "whiskey to Wheaties" bill in the Florida Senate Thu …

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Disney, Universal target property appraiser in battle over taxes for Florida theme parks

ORLANDO — It takes a lot of land to accommodate Cinderella's castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Epcot's 11-country World Showcase — and a hefty purse to pay the property t …

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  1. Adam Putnam facing questions about spending in expected run for governor

    Politics

    TALLAHASSEE — Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has raised more than $9.4 million for a 2018 governor's race he has yet to announce and, in the last two years, spent $1.8 million of it on a Lakeland-based political consulting firm that has failed to disclose how the expenses were paid.

    Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam gives the keynote address at the Fresh from Florida Summitt held at the Port Tampa Bay in Tampa's Channelside on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
  2. Wells Fargo rolls out card-free access at all of its ATMs

    Banking

    Left your wallet at home? You may still be able to grab some cash.

    Starting today, Wells Fargo becomes the first major U.S. bank to offer a card-free option at all of its ATMs. 
[New York Times file photo]

  3. United gets backlash after teens wearing leggings barred from flight (w/video)

    Airlines

    DENVER — Two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because they were wearing leggings, according to a spokesman for the …

    Two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because they were wearing leggings, according to a spokesman for the airline. [Associated Press file photo]
  4. Allegiant Air flight makes emergency landing due to possible engine fire

    Airlines

    An Allegiant Air flight that departed the Orlando area made an emergency landing in Ohio a week ago after the pilot reported a fire in one of the aircraft's engines at 14,000 feet.

    An Allegiant Air flight from Orlando Sanford International Airport made an emergency landing in Ohio on March 19 after the pilot reported an engine fire. The plane landed safety. This photo shows an MD-80 series aircraft in Las Vegas in late 2016.
[Times file photo]
  5. PolitiFact Florida: Does Airbnb decrease housing values?

    State Roundup

    Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine recently went on a Facebook rant against Airbnb.

    Airbnb allows property owners to rent houses and apartments, or a bedroom, to visitors around the world.
  6. Five budget fights to watch as Scott, lawmakers collide on spending $83.5 billion

    Legislature

    By STEVE BOUSQUET

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature have battled repeatedly over jobs and tourism spending for weeks, but a fight with much higher stakes is brewing.

    The state budget.

      Students take their seats before the start of the USF St. Petersburg fall commencement ceremony at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Dec. 13, 2015. Universities are in the House's crosshairs for the 2017-2018 state budget. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]