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  1. Another agency chief for Rick Scott resigns: Boxold exits FDOT

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Florida Secretary of Transportation Jim Boxold will resign from the department on Feb. 3 to work as a lobbyist for Capital City Consulting.

    Jim Boxold’s resignation goes into effect Feb. 3. He will then start his role at Capital City Consulting.
  2. Sen. Marco Rubio backs down from opposition to Rex Tillerson, clearing way for confirmation

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — After weeks of buildup over a showdown with President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday backed down and voted for Rex Tillerson, ensuring the former ExxonMobil CEO will have a smooth confirmation with the overall Senate.

    The nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state was advanced by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a party-line vote.
  3. Secretary resigned after $98 million in legal fees in Florida water wars

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Concerns over a ballooning legal bill for a fight over water resources between Florida and Georgia coincided with the resignation last week of Florida's top environmental regulator.

    Jon Steverson is taking a job with a law firm that the state has paid as part of a water fight with Georgia.
  4. PolitiFact Florida: Yes, Florida lags behind in mental health funding

    State Roundup

    The suspect in the mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport told the FBI in Alaska in November that he was hearing voices.

    Democratic state legislators called for gun control measures and more mental health funding days after Esteban Santiago’s attack on Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
  5. Florida has seen a leader like Donald Trump before: Charlie Crist

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — And so begins the most unpredictable presidency in modern — if not all — American history.

    U.S. President Donald Trump leaves after being sworn in followed by First Lady Melania Trump on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Friday in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
  6. Donald Trump presidency gives Republicans free rein at last: Time to deliver

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Ebullient Republicans celebrating Donald Trump's inauguration today see so much opportunity: Rid America of the Obamacare scourge, slash stifling government regulations and taxes, overhaul the tax system, reassert America's authority on the world stage and finally push the teachers union out of the …

    PEople take photos as the sun sets on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol building ahead of inauguration ceremonies there for President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th U.S, president on Friday.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  7. Want to change Florida's Constitution? Today is application deadline for revision board

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Friday is the last day to apply to be a member of what may be one of the most influential groups assembled in Florida in two decades — the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott will appoint 15 members, including its chair, to the state's Constitutional Revision Commission, a 37-member board that meets every 20 years. [AP Photo | Matt Rourke]
  8. Get a workout and explore the scenic sides of Florida on a bike tour

    Health

    Hopping on your bike can be an invigorating way to see parts of Florida, engaging your legs while being easy on your joints. But Florida is a state with a terrible reputation for keeping cyclists safe.

    Alan Snel, guide for Escape Adventures Florida, bikes on A1A in St. Lucie County on Florida's East Coast.
  9. Senator behind gambling expansion worked for resort owners

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — A powerful state senator trying to push through a dramatic expansion of gambling in Florida recently worked for the company that owns an iconic Miami Beach hotel interested in adding slot machines.

    Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, (right), is pushing through a major gambling bill that would allow slots machines in Miami-Dade, helping a former client of his, Turnberry Associates, which owns the inconic Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. Galvano acknowledged to the Associated Press that he did legal work for Turnberry three years ago, but said that didn't influence his drafting of the bill. Galvano is pictured here with House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, whose brother, Michael, is a lobbyist for Turnberry. Campaign finance records show that since 2010 the Fontainebleau has donated nearly $2.3 million in contributions, including more than $800,000 to the Republican Party of Florida. Political committees run by Galvano have received $90,000 in campaign contributions, while one controlled by Senate President Joe Negron has received $75,000.  [Phil Sears | Associated Press]
  10. Edna Buchanan receives Florida Humanities Council's lifetime achievement award for writing

    Books

    "I thought everyone forgot about me," Edna Buchanan says. "I was on Facebook and I stumbled across these people debating whether I was dead or alive."

    Mystery writer Edna Buchanan won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 as a reporter at the Miami Herald and has gone on to write 15 bestselling mystery novels.