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  1. Busch Gardens' Gwazi to make its final run Sunday


    TAMPA — Lynn Maureen Spies says she has ridden Gwazi, Busch Gardens' wooden roller coaster, more times than she can remember.

    Gwazi Sunset: Gwazi is riding into the sunset on February 1, 2015, Busch Gardens spokesman Travis Claytor confirms. 

Credit – Busch Gardens Tampa
  2. U.S. Rep. David Jolly: 'I'm excited about a Jeb candidacy' — not Rubio

    State Roundup

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's no surprise that U.S. Rep. David Jolly wants to see a Florida Republican move into the White House in 2017, but if the GOP nomination came down to a race between Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, the Indian Shores Republican says he's behind the former governor.

  3. Elián case proved early test for Jeb Bush as governor

    State Roundup

    Late at night on Good Friday a decade and a half ago, Jeb Bush was glued to his email.

  4. Jeb Bush's bond with Barack Obama on education poses 2016 challenge for him

    State Roundup

    Standing before a massive American flag, Jeb Bush began a withering attack on President Barack Obama.

    President Barack Obama greets former Gov. Jeb Bush before speaking at Miami Central Senior High School on March 4, 2011. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is at center.
  5. Ethics complaint filed over FDLE controversy

    State Roundup

    A day after State Attorney Willie Meggs took a pass on investigating the ouster of Gerald Bailey as commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a Villages resident asked the Florida Commission on Ethics to take a look at what happened.

  6. For women in the Pinellas County Jail, the Red Tent room offers tears, growth, hope

    Human Interest

    Editor's note: The four-hour Red Tent Project session was recorded. The women's words have been edited for length and clarity.


    Pinellas County Jail inmates Amanda Casler, left, and Yalira M. Perez have a light moment at a Red Tent Project meeting at the jail in December. Perez, 26, is in jail for forgery. “I’ve been rejected all my life, and I’m used to it,” she says. “I’m a loving, giving person. But I belittle myself, and I deserve that.”
  7. Former GOP nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.

    Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., earlier this week. [Associated Press]
  8. George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants


    ORLANDO — An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor.

  9. Possible FDLE Sunshine Law violation won't be investigated by state attorney

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State Attorney Willie Meggs said Thursday that he will not investigate whether the state's open meetings law was violated by Gov. Rick Scott and the three elected Cabinet members in last month's ouster of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner.

    State Attorney Willie Meggs called the FDLE matter “much ado about nothing.”
  10. Florida League of Women Voters pushes for Medicaid expansion

    State Roundup

    A drive for Medicaid expansion grew Thursday with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Florida — one of the state's oldest political groups — calling on legislators to find a "unique and flexible Florida solution" to cover an estimated 750,000 uninsured people this year.