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  1. Florida Senate moves to temporarily suspend school grades

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate took a critical step Wednesday toward temporarily suspending school grades in response to the outcry statewide among parents, teachers and superintendents who want a smoother transition as the state shifts to new standards and tests.

  2. Florida Senate passes sweeping prison reforms

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Responding to allegations of abuse and corruption in Florida's prison system, the state Senate voted Wednesday to create an independent oversight commission with subpoena powers to investigate wrongdoing at the Department of Corrections.

  3. Two pro soccer players at opposite ends of the monetary turf (w/video)

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    ORLANDO

    The Brazilian soccer star known as Kaká stares down at the ball, seconds from the biggest kick in the newest chapter of his storied career. Wealthy and well-known, his place in the sport is well established, his number on the backs of fans around the world. // Kaká doesn't need this goal. But his …

    Kevin Molino draws a small media contingent after a practice. The native of Trinidad and Tobago has played for his national team and in a U.S. minor league.
  4. Despite budget constraints, hometown pork still popular with Florida lawmakers

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Though the Florida Senate unanimously passed its $80.4 billion budget Wednesday — and the House appears unified to approve its own version Thursday — there's plenty of behind-the-scenes wrangling among members when it comes to pet projects.

    The University of South Florida wants to build a new medical school in downtown Tampa. The new Morsani College of Medicine would share the same downtown building as the USF Heart Health Institute. The proposed structure is 12 floors with 287,824 square feet at the corner of Channelside Drive and S Meridian Avenue. Its estimated to cost up to $163 million and it would be built on land donated by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. This rendering is an artist's depiction of the structure next to a medical office building and parking garage that Vinik would build. (The University of South Florida)
  5. Florida senators visit Washington to discuss health care budget issues

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — With a $5 billion health-care budget breach between the House and Senate halfway through the legislative session, Senate President Andy Gardiner dispatched two of his lieutenants to Washington this week to meet with federal officials about key health issues involving care for poor and uninsured …

  6. New effort to limit Florida colleges presses on

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The battle over how far Florida colleges should be allowed to go in offering four-year degrees, once largely the responsibility of state universities, has spawned a new effort to more strictly limit those opportunities.

  7. Barriers delay availability of approved medical marijuana

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bill attempting to get the implementation of the state's Charlotte's Web marijuana law back on track has created a new dilemma for its sponsor: how to make it equitable for black farmers.

    The state Legislature approved the use of certain strains of marijuana rich in cannabidiol, such as Charlotte’s Web, that have been found to help some patients.
  8. Senate panel approves 24-hour waiting period for abortions

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After 20 minutes of rushed discussion Tuesday, a Senate panel approved a plan that would require women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion.

  9. Lawyer's hiring by Cabinet in Sunshine Law case raises new openness questions

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Accused of Sunshine Law open meeting violations, Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members Tuesday hired a law firm to represent them — an action that in itself should have been handled more openly, some lawyers said.

  10. PolitiFact Florida: Does Florida have a Religious Freedom Restoration Act like Indiana's?

    State Roundup

    Likely presidential candidates have reacted to Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act as Gov. Mike Pence has had to defend the law against those who say it discriminates against gays and lesbians.

    Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida speaks at a luncheon at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago on Feb. 18. (Andrew Nelles/The New York Times)