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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. Florida Democrats rally in Orlando

    State Roundup

    ORLANDO — Florida Democrats promised Thursday to win the races for governor and attorney general through grass roots efforts, even if they are at a fundraising disadvantage.

  5. Teachers union, school board association to challenge school voucher program

    State Roundup

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

  6. Gov. Rick Scott's staff kept records secret for mansion project

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The idea made sense: Create a "governor's park" around the Florida Governor's Mansion to spruce up the entrance by buying up shabby commercial property on the adjacent street and replace it with a grand boulevard and a visitors commons.

    The Governor's Mansion. [Times files (2012)]
  7. Charlie Crist's big win clouded by low turnout questions

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — As Charlie Crist celebrates winning the Democratic nomination for Florida governor, red flags are flying that raise questions about whether he can defeat Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November.

    Charlie Crist celebrates his Democratic primary victory in the Florida governor’s race Tuesday. The Democrats’ effort to build momentum for November now begins.
  8. Sheldon handily defeats Thurston in Democratic primary for attorney general

    Elections

    TALLAHASSEE — George Sheldon easily beat Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

    George Sheldon, a veteran of Florida government, will face Republican incumbent Pam Bondi.
  9. Adam C. Smith column: 5 things to watch in Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    Charlie Crist, the former self-described Ronald Reagan Republican, officially became the Democratic nominee for Florida governor Tuesday, easily beating back a bare-bones primary challenge from former state Sen. Nan Rich of Broward County.

  10. Falcon's Fury up and running at Busch Gardens; here's what it's like to ride

    Florida

    TAMPA — As your toes dangle 335 feet high atop your perch on the Falcon's Fury drop ride at Busch Gardens, you can see Tropicana Field nearly 25 miles away in St. Petersburg. It's a moment of pure awe. Just before the panic.

    ANNE GLOVER  |  Times
Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens is open more and more to riders.