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  1. State's top economist diverges from Gov. Rick Scott in job growth strategy

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — While Gov. Rick Scott was in New York on Thursday trying to persuade companies to bring jobs to Florida, the state's top economist and a House economic development leader were in Tallahassee questioning the governor's strategy.

    The state’s top economist Amy Baker says to target higher wages.
  2. Panel: Remove Confederate flag from Florida Senate seal

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Citing historical inaccuracies and a need to reflect modern values, a Senate committee unanimously recommended Thursday that the Confederate flag be removed from the Florida Senate's official seal.

    The current Senate seal has the rebel flag among those that have flown over Florida.
  3. Florida Senate grills jobs chief on treatment of the state's jobless

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's jobs expert was blasted in the Senate on Wednesday for "arrogance" as he faced new criticism for problems with the state's online system to file for unemployment benefits.

    DEO director Jesse Panuccio may face difficulty keeping his job next year.
  4. Facing cuts to uninsured health care pool, lawmakers aren't ready to talk solutions

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The pot of money set aside to fund health care for the poorest Floridians is expected to shrink dramatically next year.

  5. Gov. Rick Scott orders first execution in nine months

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday approved the execution of Jerry Correll in late October, the first inmate in the state to be put to death in nine months and first since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for Florida to continue its lethal injections.

  6. Citing 'crisis' in jobless fraud, Scott's jobs guru wants to create police unit


    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's jobs guru, Jesse Panuccio, wants more money from the state Legislature to create a police unit in his Department of Economic Opportunity to fight what he calls a "crisis" in unemployment assistance fraud.

  7. NBC's first sports bar may open at Universal CityWalk today


    It appears NBC is set to open its first sports bar, the NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk, with a massive HD stadium screen more than 100 feet wide at the entrance.

    . Rendering of the world's first-ever NBC Sports Grill & Brew is coming to Universal CityWalk. Opening this fall, the all-new restaurant is designed to reflect the excellence and excitement of NBC Sports' coverage.
  8. Openly carry guns in Florida? Bill clears first hurdle in House

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A controversial measure that would allow Floridians with concealed-weapons permits to carry those firearms openly in public easily cleared its first hurdle Tuesday, but the legislation still faces several more tests before it could become law.

    Rep. Matt Gaetz, joined by Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, discusses his open-carry gun bill on Tuesday in Tallahassee.
  9. As he runs for Senate, U.S. Rep. David Jolly vows to do his job

    State Roundup

    CLEARWATER — Perhaps he didn't mean to rough up a fellow Republican, but U.S. Senate candidate David Jolly ripped apart Marco Rubio on Monday.

    U.S. Rep. David Jolly is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
  10. Disney raises prices on Walt Disney World passes, parking


    LAKE BUENA VISTA — Walt Disney World has revamped its annual and season pass system, raising their prices and making changes.