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  1. Cuba trade backers in Senate filing bill to end all travel restrictions for Americans

    State Roundup

    McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

    WASHINGTON — A bill to end all travel restrictions for Americans who want to visit Cuba will be introduced Thursday on Capitol Hill, marking the opening salvo in a fight that's brewing over whether Congress should further open Cuba to travel and trade now that …

  2. UF to change name of records system known as 'ISIS'


    GAINESVILLE — The University of Florida is changing the name of its records management system known as "ISIS," a move being applauded by a student who is the cousin of a journalist killed by the terrorist organization of the same name.

  3. Tampa Bay business groups and political leaders push for Medicaid expansion


    ST. PETERSBURG — Though Florida's House speaker appeared Wednesday to squash Medicaid expansion for a third year in a row, supporters of a new plan to extend health coverage to the working poor say they believe events are lining up in their favor.

  4. Gov. Scott proposes $77 billion budget with $673 million in tax cuts

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a proposed $77 billion budget Wednesday that spends nearly all of a $1 billion surplus on tax cuts and an increase in education spending, but it also cuts the state workforce further while shifting education costs to local taxpayers.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference, Wednesday in Tallahassee. (AP Photo)
  5. Check from 'In Dog We Trust' rug goes to Canine Estates

    Human Interest

    The "In Dog We Trust'' rug is bringing a little comfort to dogs that, like the rug, are a little less than perfect.

    Pictured From L to R: Toni Goodrich, Florida State Elk's Association; Rudy Masi, Sr. Florida State Elk's Association; Sybil Freeman, Canine Estates; Barbara Erskine, Canine Estates; Jayne Sidwell, Canine Estates; and Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
  6. Scott's prison budget fails to include money to investigate record high inmate deaths

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After years of slashing funding for Florida's state prison system, Gov. Rick Scott released a proposed budget Wednesday that would inject $51.2 million in new spending into the troubled agency, but fails to provide any new resources to investigate inmate deaths — which last year reached a …

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference Wednesday in Tallahassee. [AP photo]
  7. Cabinet members step up attacks on Gov. Rick Scott over FDLE firing

    State Roundup


    The raging controversy over Gov. Rick Scott's removal of a respected law enforcement official escalated Wednesday as Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said he was "misled" by Scott's office and a St. Petersburg lawyer formally accused top state officials of Sunshine Law violations.

    In his strongest criticism yet, Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said "we were misled" about Gov. Rick Scott's true intentions to orchestrate Gerald Bailey's removal after a glowing three-decade FDLE career.
  8. Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt (w/video)


    A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, …

    In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service,  Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. [Associated Press]
  9. Husband of top Florida House aide lands six-figure gig at Department of Education

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The husband of Florida House chief of staff Kathy Mears was handed the top legal job at the state Department of Education last week.

  10. Gov. Rick Scott proposes $5 billion Everglades plan

    State Roundup

    Standing outside a Miami airboat attraction with some of the state's top environmentalists and a caged panther named Harley, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday proposed spending $150 million in his next budget on Everglades restoration and habitat preservation.

    Gov. Rick Scott unveiled an ambitious $5 billion, 20-year environmen­tal plan.