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  1. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the latest NextGen attack on Gov. Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    NextGen Climate, a deep-pocketed, pro-environmental group, has unleashed another attack on Gov. Rick Scott as it relates to a drilling project that the state ultimately shut down.

  2. Adam C. Smith column: The contemptuous Florida governor's race

    State Roundup

    SARASOTA — Rick Scott, in some respects, makes it easy on journalists. If a reporter misses something he says in an interview, maybe even spaces out for a moment, it doesn't really matter, because Scott is certain to say the same thing again. And again. And again.

  3. After Florida inmate's lethal gassing, claims of cover-up

    Crime

    Randall Jordan-Aparo died weeping and gasping for breath on the concrete floor of his prison isolation cell, naked except for his white boxer shorts.

  4. Mapping the path for Charlie Crist to be elected Florida governor again

    State Roundup

    Charlie Crist's political fortunes have been hitched to President Barack Obama, for better or worse, since their man hug five years ago helped sink him in the Republican Party.

    Charlie Crist, former Republican governor turned Democrat, greets supporters at a campaign stop on Aug. 24 in North Miami. Crist spent last weekend campaigning in the Democratic base of South Florida, which will be key to his winning the race.
  5. Gov. Rick Scott promises $1 billion in tax cuts for second term

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is promising Florida voters a $1 billion package of tax and fee cuts in a second term, including new limits on property tax increases and another cut in auto tag fees.

    Gov. Rick Scott's most ambitious tax cut idea would require approval of 60 percent of voters: a constitutional amendment to prevent property tax increases on homesteaded property if a home's value stays level or goes down. [AP photo]
  6. Crocodile that bit 2 swimmers dies during capture

    Wildlife

    CORAL GABLES — An American crocodile suspected of biting two swimmers in a South Florida canal has died.

    Trapper Todd Hardwick, of Pesky Critters, sets out snare traps in Coral Gables on Thursday. Hardwick had been trying to catch a crocodile named Pancho, suspected of biting two swimmers in a South Florida canal. Wildlife officials say Pancho died Friday morning while fighting capture by two trappers. [Associated Press]
  7. Discovery Cove deal adds free admission to SeaWorld, water park and Busch Gardens

    Florida

    With Labor Day comes theme parks turning their focus to Florida residents, and that means deals. First up is a Florida resident deal at Discovery Cove in Orlando. The theme park, which features swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with thousands of tropical fish and hand-feeding exotic birds, has an all-inclusive package …

    Tampa Bay RaysÕ outfielder, Wil Myers took a break from baseball to swim with dolphins, meet real-life rays at Discovery Cove in Orlando 

ORLANDO, Fla. Ñ April 25, 2014 Ñ Tampa Bay RaysÕ baseball player, Wil Myers, traded in his rigorous practice and game schedule to immerse in the tropical oasis of Discovery Cove ̈ in Orlando. For the day, the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year swam with real-life rays, dolphins and tropical fish. The mini-getaway left him refreshed and refueled to step back on the field, and deliver a powerhouse performance. Discovery Cove Orlando was ranked #1 in the 2013 TripAdvisorÕs TravelerÕs Choice Awards under Ã’Top 25 Amusement Parks & Water Parks in The WorldÓ category. For more information, visit www.discoverycove.com.
  8. Florida website aimed at the uninsured draws little interest

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Last year, legislators allocated $900,000 to help Floridians find affordable health care through a new state-backed website.

    Six months after the launch of the state's effort, called Florida Health Choices (floridahealthchoices.net), just 30 people have signed up. Another seven plans were canceled either because consumers changed their minds or didn't pay for services. [Times]
  9. Legal challenge takes aim at Florida's school voucher program

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The statewide teachers union, school boards association and PTA filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Florida's school voucher program.

  10. Speed trap indeed: Waldo cops say they've been under ticket quotas (w/video)

    Public Safety

    WALDO — Anyone who has received a speeding ticket in Waldo has probably suspected that officers were acting under a quota.

    A sign erected by AAA outside Waldo attests to the North Florida town’s statewide reputation as a speed trap.