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  1. Biden has strong Florida ties, but few see plausible path to presidency

    State Roundup

    Few national Democratic figures have more longtime friends in Florida than Joe Biden, who returns to the Sunshine State today amid growing chatter that he could enter and upend the presidential race.

    Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 15 with the House Democratic Caucus at the request of House Minority Leader Pelosi to talk about the Iran Nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  2. Discovery Cove offering residents deal

    Florida

    SeaWorld's niche park Discovery Cove is offering Florida residents a price break on its dolphin swim experience and also throwing in free access to its sister parks, SeaWorld Orlando and the Aquatica water park.

    Discovery Cove opened 15 years ago as a boutique theme park with animal encounters, unlimited snacks and drinks, free equipment rentals and a souvenir snorkel.
  3. Florida Cabinet chal­leng­es plan to make getting your driver's license slower

    State Roundup

    ST. AUGUSTINE — Two skeptical Cabinet members urged caution Tuesday on a controversial state plan to mail drivers' licenses to motorists like other states do, rather than issuing them over the counter the way Florida does now.

  4. In Miami — and en Español — Jeb Bush punches back at Donald Trump's 'blah blah blah'

    State Roundup

    MIAMI — Jeb Bush promised to campaign for president "joyfully."

    Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, talks with students in a third grade class as teacher Judy Elder, left, looks on before a town hall at La Progresiva Presbyterian School on Tuesday in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  5. Solar amendment supporters, opponents square off before Florida Supreme Court

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Arguing in the Supreme Court Tuesday over whether a solar power constitutional amendment should go forward, supporters of Floridians for Solar Choice and opponents backed by utility companies didn't pull their punches.

  6. Florida prison chief makes top brass reapply for jobs

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — In a move that has the potential to either shake up the Department of Corrections or validate the status quo, prisons chief Julie Jones has asked the 12 top officials in charge of prisons and probation to reapply for their jobs by today as part of a major realignment designed to centralize power at …

    Julie Jones, who leads Department of Cor?rec?t?ions, initiated the new ac?count?a?bility measures.
  7. Controversy grows over plan to revamp issuance of millions of Florida driver licenses

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida motorists enjoy getting their shiny new driver licenses on the spot, but the state is studying a possible change to a new system that's stirring warnings of a possible "disaster" with drivers waiting up to two weeks for their cards.

    Edwin Rivera, 24, of Tampa, waits to be helped at the Drew Park branch of the Hillsborough County Tax Collector's office last Friday. 

Currently, Floridians can receive and renew their drivers licenses at Tax Collectors offices on the same day, but it could take up to two weeks under a proposed change. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]
  8. Bush's Planned Parenthood jab unfounded

    State Roundup

    Planned Parenthood is not involved in women's health issues, said Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

  9. Miami Lakes legislator rises swiftly, holds fast to 'free market' ideals

    State Roundup

    Rep. Jose Oliva kept an icy cool as he verbally sparred with his Senate counterpart Bill Galvano over the redistricting map that would force the Legislature's special session to end in stalemate.

    At right, Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, huddles on the floor of the Florida House with Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, before the House left early April 28, 2015, for the 2015 session.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  10. Tropical Storm Erika dissipates, area watches and warnings lifted

    Hurricanes

    Tropical Storm Erika broke up in the Caribbean on Saturday, leaving behind a wave of moisture expected to bring heavy rainfall to the Tampa Bay area in the next few days.

    Joe's Stone Crab employees Jordan Garcia, left, and Manny Cortes install hurricane shutters in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika on Friday in Miami Beach. [David Santiago | El Nuevo Herald via TNS]