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  1. At Busch Gardens, baby gorilla's new name is ...

    Florida

    Since "totes cutie" and "adorbs" weren't among the choices, Busch Gardens' Facebook fans have picked Enzi as the name of the baby male gorilla born a month ago at the Tampa theme park. Enzi means "power" in Swahili, which beat out Birungi, meaning "bringer of good things," and Bem, meaning "peace." The baby gorilla was …

    Fans on Facebook voted on a name for this baby Gorilla: Enzi. [Busch Gardens Tampa]
  2. Disney World adds pixie dust, interactive play to Peter Pan ride queue

    Florida

    Peter Pan's Flight, one of the most popular rides in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, also had one of the longest, most monotonous, snaking lines in the searing Florida heat. But this week, the crowds got a look at upgrades that take the line indoors for sweet air-conditioned relief and add some interactive …

  3. PolitiFact Florida: Is online voter registration more secure?

    State Roundup

    Florida lawmakers have overhauled many aspects of our elections laws in recent years, but one aspect has remained untouched: Voters can't register online. The statewide elections supervisors association, which represents officials in both major parties, wants lawmakers to change that during the upcoming session.

  4. Calls for FDLE investigations grow as Gov. Rick Scott continues to avoid questions

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — As Gov. Rick Scott on Friday continued to brush off questions about allegations of political meddling made by the state's former top law enforcement officer, pressure mounted elsewhere in Florida to get answers.

  5. Florida lawmaker drops in on prisons, finds problems

    State Roundup

    The chairman of a key legislative committee and an entourage of Senate staffers dropped in for an evening of surprise inspections at two of North Florida's troubled prisons late Thursday.

  6. At InnoVida, the CEO hired Jeb Bush and went to prison

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush was out of the Florida governor's mansion for less than a year when he signed a $15,000-a-month consulting deal with InnoVida, a Miami startup promising to revolutionize affordable housing with remarkably sturdy and lightweight building panels.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush became a consultant, and later a board member, for Miami company InnoVida. Its executives would later be convicted of fraud. In 2013, Bush agreed to pay back more than half the $470,000 in fees he collected. Bush is shown speaking Friday at an automobile dealers convention in California.
  7. Marco Rubio not backing down on 2016 race

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — It's Marco Rubio's version of the Tom Petty anthem I Won't Back Down.

    Sen. Marco Rubio stands on the floor of the House Chamber before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address at the Capitol on Tuesday. In between media appearances around his book, Rubio has been scooping up campaign cash.
  8. Epcot seeds Flower & Garden Festival with new features

    Florida

    Like a topiary in need of shaping up, Epcot is branching out with some new music and garden features for its springtime series, the International Flower & Garden Festival.

  9. CFO Jeff Atwater, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam call for investigation into FDLE firing

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Two Cabinet members on Thursday called for an outside investigation to learn the truth behind Florida Gov. Rick Scott's forced ouster of the state's top law enforcement official and claims of political interference by Scott's office.

    Two Cabinet members, including Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, pictured to the left of Gov. Rick Scott, said a third party could independently investigate allegations of direct political interference made by Gerald Bailey, former commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. [SCOTT KEELER | Times (2012)]
  10. Gov. Scott proposes Bright Futures expansion but doesn't address criticisms

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday proposed spending $23.5 million to expand Bright Futures scholarships but did not address recent criticism of the program — namely, that new eligibility standards put in place to control costs have kept thousands of low-income and minority students from receiving the …

    Critics say minority and low-income students are disproportionately left out of the Bright Futures scholarship program.