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  1. Turn it all off and go outdoors

    Human Interest

    With a job title of digital audience manager, I get paid to be better than most at being digitally connected.

    [Amber McDonald   |  Times]
  2. Last-minute attempt to stop Florida's new abortion waiting period falls short

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's abortion waiting period does not have to wait to go into effect today, but that doesn't mean the fight is over.

    The ACLU is asking Judge Charles Francis to block the law.
  3. Jeb Bush's income soared after he left office, 33 years of tax returns show

    State Roundup

    The Bush family mantra has been consistent for generations: First make a lot of money, then focus on public service.

    Jeb Bush's income jumped from $261,000 in 2006, his final year as Florida governor, to more than $2.2 million in 2007. Then, from 2010 through 2013, tax returns released Tuesday show his annual income exploded from $3.2 million to nearly $7.4 million. (He got an extension until Oct. 15 to file his 2014 return.)" [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  4. Supreme Court: Execution drug used in Florida not 'cruel and unusual'

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's rapid pace of executions — derailed in February because of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case — is cleared to start up again. And the state isn't wasting any time.

  5. Steve Bousquet: FDLE chief working overtime to shed 'interim' tag

    Legislature

    It might be the longest job interview in Florida history, at six months and counting.

  6. Florida teen slips out of handcuffs, steals patrol car, deputy says

    Crime

    DELAND — A Central Florida teenager faces multiple charges after authorities say he escaped the custody of a sheriff's deputy and stole a patrol car.

    The incident unfolded Sunday in DeLand.

  7. 130 new laws will take effect in Florida July 1

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The state's record-setting budget goes into effect on Wednesday, along with 130 other new laws that were produced by the Legislature this year in the regular and special sessions and signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

    Starting Wednesday, people with 64-ounce beer containers known as "growlers" can get them filled at breweries. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  8. PolitiFact Florida: On Jeb Bush and Florida graduation rates

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush often talks about how Florida's graduation rate was abysmal when he became governor and has since risen.

    Then-Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the 2006 graduation of St. Petersburg College.
  9. Gov. Rick Scott's vetoes leave lingering damage with lawmakers

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's sudden and sweeping vetoes of lawmakers' projects have stirred up more bad blood with the Senate that is likely to linger.

    Gov. Rick Scott signs the 2015-16 state budget, in which he vetoed $461 million worth of programs, behind closed doors on Tuesday.
  10. TaxWatch: Scott's budget vetoes let some 'turkeys' slip through the cracks

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — When Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $461 million in state spending on Tuesday, he said that he was looking out for taxpayers and cutting projects that didn't receive proper vetting.