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  1. 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.”
  2. 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.

  3. Jeb Bush staffs up for presidential campaign, hires Mitt Romney adviser

    State Roundup

    From Florida's capital to early voting Iowa, Jeb Bush dramatically beefed up his political committee this week making it the largest GOP presidential campaign-in-waiting.

    Jeb Bush’s PAC has opened its Tallahassee headquarters.
  4. Greg Baker resurrects Florida Cracker cuisine at Fodder & Shine

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Greg Baker stands in the Fodder & Shine kitchen explaining what will happen in a vast room full of gleaming ovens and prep counters when his phone rings for the fifth time. "And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate. Baby I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake. Shake it off." // Wife and business partner …

    Cornmeal, chicken fat fried chicken with sides of cornbread, and tomato gravy and rice at Fodder & Shine, in Tampa. Photographed on Friday January 9th, 2015.


MONICA HERNDON | TIMES
  5. In My Shoes: Stopping is not an option for Lois Huyghue

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER

    Lois Huyghue, who hates cold like cats hate getting wet, pulled into Coachman Park to run a marathon. At 5 a.m., it was 36 degrees. Wearing two coats, three T-shirts and two hats, she peered out of her car window at a park full of skinny people in shorts and tank tops.

    None of them looked scared, …

    Lois Huyghue, 55, had a stroke when she was 18 months old and has limited control of her left arm and leg. She ran her first marathon last year in the Clearwater Distance Classic.
  6. Cuba trade backers in Senate filing bill to end all travel restrictions for Americans

    State Roundup

    McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

    WASHINGTON — A bill to end all travel restrictions for Americans who want to visit Cuba will be introduced Thursday on Capitol Hill, marking the opening salvo in a fight that's brewing over whether Congress should further open Cuba to travel and trade now that …

  7. UF to change name of records system known as 'ISIS'

    College

    GAINESVILLE — The University of Florida is changing the name of its records management system known as "ISIS," a move being applauded by a student who is the cousin of a journalist killed by the terrorist organization of the same name.

  8. Tampa Bay business groups and political leaders push for Medicaid expansion

    Politics

    ST. PETERSBURG — Though Florida's House speaker appeared Wednesday to squash Medicaid expansion for a third year in a row, supporters of a new plan to extend health coverage to the working poor say they believe events are lining up in their favor.

  9. Gov. Scott proposes $77 billion budget with $673 million in tax cuts

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a proposed $77 billion budget Wednesday that spends nearly all of a $1 billion surplus on tax cuts and an increase in education spending, but it also cuts the state workforce further while shifting education costs to local taxpayers.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference, Wednesday in Tallahassee. (AP Photo)
  10. Check from 'In Dog We Trust' rug goes to Canine Estates

    Human Interest

    The "In Dog We Trust'' rug is bringing a little comfort to dogs that, like the rug, are a little less than perfect.

    Pictured From L to R: Toni Goodrich, Florida State Elk's Association; Rudy Masi, Sr. Florida State Elk's Association; Sybil Freeman, Canine Estates; Barbara Erskine, Canine Estates; Jayne Sidwell, Canine Estates; and Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.