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  1. Rooftop surf park, wave pool coming to Orlando's International Drive

    Florida

    Add a surf park with three pools atop a 10-story parking garage to the attention-grabbing features coming to the Skyplex entertainment complex set to open on Orlando's International Drive in about 18 months. Developers have already announced plans for the world's tallest roller coaster, a drop tower attraction, a zip …

     A surfer rides the stationary artificial wave in on a San Diego, Calif., rooftop in 2000. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
  2. Gov. Rick Scott's net worth grows to $147 million

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's personal net worth ballooned in the past year to nearly $147 million, an increase of 11 percent and nearly twice as high as two years ago.

    Thanks to a vast portfolio of investments and sales of stock, Florida Governor Rick Scott's year-to-year net worth grew by $15 million in 2014. [Corey Perrine/Naples Daily News via AP]
  3. 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.

    Appreciating wildlife and the clear, cold, turquoise-tinted water of Manatee Spring.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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]
  10. 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.