Florida news

  1. Florida Legislature gives budget priority to hometown projects over at-risk kids

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of a bloody year for Florida youngsters, lawmakers have pledged to repair the state's frayed safety net for abused and neglected children.

  2. Charlie Crist's gubernatorial challenge: motivating South Florida Democrats

    National

    WEST PALM BEACH — Sam Oser is 88, and he wants to live long enough to see a Democrat get elected governor of Florida again — even one who used to be a Republican.

    Charlie Crist joins volunteers to hope a campaign office Saturday in Broward County.
  3. Senators want public to help pay for legal battle between car dealers and manufacturers

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Taxpayers may help foot the bill for a bitter legal battle between a consortium of the nation's largest auto manufacturers and Florida's local car dealerships.

  4. Opening day of Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens might be delayed

    Florida

    Thrill seekers who can't wait to hurtle down 335 feet face-first may have to be patient. Busch Gardens says construction delays might push back the opening of its drop tower ride Falcon's Fury, which is set for May 1. A fan party on that day has been postponed. "Our Design & Engineering team is still conducting ride …

  5. Immigrant tuition bill reopens rift in Florida Republican Party

    College

    Gov. Rick Scott was just about to kick his Hispanic outreach campaign into gear when two top Republicans in the Florida Senate complicated the effort by unexpectedly blocking a priority bill that would give in-state tuition rates to some undocumented immigrants.

  6. Florida Supreme Court won't hear trauma center dispute

    Health

    The Florida Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal from the HCA health-care chain amid broader legal and political battles about the continued operation of trauma centers at some HCA hospitals.

  7. Juvenile justice funding snared in state budget dispute

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — For years, county officials say, they've had to shoulder too much of the cost of dealing with young offenders. In recent years, they say, the state has erroneously billed them $140 million for juvenile justice costs, sparking legal action.

  8. A curious champion for Senate President Don Gaetz's public records bill

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Don Gaetz made a public records bill one of his top priorities this session, only to see it stall in the Florida House.

  9. Lizbeth Benacquisto gets benefit of state GOP money in District 19 primary

    National

    The Republican Party of Florida says it does not engage in GOP primaries, but nearly $300,000 of its money has landed in a Super PAC supporting congressional candidate Lizbeth Benacquisto, newly filed campaign finance records show.

  10. Florida lawmakers make one more push to extend health care to immigrant children

    Health

    TALLAHASSEE — A bill to extend subsidized health insurance to the state's youngest legal immigrants has stalled in the Florida Legislature, due largely to the initial $27.5 million price tag.