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  1. Stripped of momentum, vulnerable Marco Rubio heads into South Carolina

    State Roundup

    Rick Santorum started it. Chris Christie kicked down the door. And the voters of New Hampshire finished the job.

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio holds a campaign town hall at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Feb. 10, 2016, in Columbia, S.C.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
  2. Adam C. Smith: Five things we learned in Iowa, New Hampshire

    State Roundup

    TAMPA

    Contrary to expectations that Iowa and New Hampshire would bring clarity, the topsy-turvy 2016 presidential race looks as muddled and volatile as ever and neither primary appears to be winding down soon.

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks to his supporters at a primary night gathering, held at Alpine Grove Banquet facility on Feb. 9, 2016, in Hollis, N.H. Cruz finished third in the New Hampshire primary behind Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.  (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)
  3. Couple falls for the biggest game at the fair

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — At the edge of the midway, where the air tastes like turkey legs, the young couple keeps kissing behind their booth: Fool the Guesser.

    Josh Bennett and Kiersten Copon take a break at their Fool the Guesser booth on Tuesday February 9, 2016 at the Florida State Fair. 

Copon and Bennett met while working another fair and decided to travel working fairs together. [

MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  4. Epcot adds weekends, announces concerts for Flower & Garden Festival

    Florida

    This year's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will have two more weekends and 13 bands in the lineup for its Garden Rocks concert series of classic rock and pop acts.

    The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this year is March 2 through May 30. (Times files)
  5. Needed fixes to Florida's death penalty law remain elusive

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After emotional and graphic testimony from families of murder victims, House members held firm Wednesday on a new Florida law that does not require juries to be unanimous in recommending the death penalty.

    John Couey confers with an assistant public defender during a 2007 hearing before he is sentenced  to death by a 10-2 jury recommendation for the murder of a 9-year-old Homosassa girl, Jessica Lunsford. Prosecutors are urging lawmakers to reject a proposal for a unanimous jury verdict to sentence convicted murderers to death. [MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times] 
  6. Study: Even fewer jobless Floridians are receiving un­em­ploy­ment benefits

    Working Life

    It's gotten even tougher for jobless Floridians to get unemployment benefits as they try to get back to work.

    Only 11 percent of jobless Floridians received any money through unemployment insurance last year. [Associated Press (2014)] 
  7. Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders take New Hampshire, with Jeb Bush fourth

    State Roundup

    MANCHESTER, N.H.

    Donald Trump stormed back into the national spotlight by winning the New Hampshire primary Tuesday and Democrat Bernie Sanders avenged his narrow Iowa loss to Hillary Clinton.

    Ben Carson
  8. Florida House looks to limit public schools' construction expenses

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — With resounding opposition from Democrats and school officials, Republican lawmakers in the Florida House are fast-tracking a proposal to significantly change how public school districts use taxpayer money to fund construction projects, while also making it easier for charter schools to get capital …

  9. Florida House committee advances bill to expand casino games

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers made uneven progress on ambitious plans to rewrite the state's gambling laws Tuesday as a House committee did what has been virtually impossible for the conservative chamber to do in the last decade: pass a bill that expands gambling in Florida.

    Gov. Rick Scott, center, talks with James Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming, at the tribe's headquarters in Hollywood earlier this month. Lawmakers are debating whether to approve a gaming compact signed by Scott and the tribe along with other possible changes to state gambling laws. [ASSOCIATED PRESS]
  10. LGBT discrimination ban dies in Florida Senate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A ban on discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Floridians will not become law this year.