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  1. Marco Rubio wants to become household name in New Hampshire

    State Roundup

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Seven years ago, Marco Rubio trekked to New Hampshire so invested in another politician's presidential campaign that a cop almost wrote him a ticket for darting through traffic as he shoved Florida oranges into bewildered drivers' hands.

    Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks to potential voters at a campaign house party Friday in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  2. Hillary Clinton staying away from Florida for now, but supporters get rolling

    State Roundup

    Florida Democrats are ready for Hillary, even if Hillary Clinton is not yet ready for them.

    Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a roundtable discussion with members of the small business community at Capital City Fruit on April 15 in Norwalk, Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  3. Even after the gift ban and reform, freebies flow to Florida lawmakers

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The chief advocate of a 2005 gift ban prohibiting Florida lawmakers from having meals, drinks and trips paid by special interests now has meals, drinks and trips indirectly paid by special interests.

  4. Q&A: Five years after Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gulf is resilent but scarred

    Water

    Five years after the BP well explosion, there is no single, conclusive answer to how the Gulf of Mexico is doing, but there are many questions. Here are some of them:

    What do scientists say?

    An endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle swims as it is released earlier this year into the Gulf of Mexico, 24 miles off the coast of Louisiana, after being rehabilitated by the Audubon Institute. After the spill, the number of the turtles' nests dropped 40 percent in one year in 2010. "We had never seen a drop that dramatic in one year before," according to Selina Saville Heppell, a professor at Oregon State University. The population climbed in 2011 and 2012 but then fell again in 2013 and 2014, down to levels that haven't been that low in nearly a decade, she said. [Associated Press]
  5. Florida ethics panel rules former Rep. David Rivera deserves fine, reprimand

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Without any debate, members of the state ethics commission on Friday agreed that former U.S. Rep. David Rivera should pay $57,821.96 for improperly accepting state money for travel when he served as a state representative.

    FILE- In this Nov. 2, 2010, file photo, Republican David Rivera speaks to supporters in Coral Gables, Fla. State prosecutors say they won't charge Rivera with a crime but the 16-page memo they issued Wednesday, April 18, 2012, outlines allegations of questionable financial practices which may make his re-election bid more difficult. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) MH101
  6. Florida adds 30,600 jobs in March but unemployment rate stays flat

    Working Life

    Florida kept creating jobs last month, but not enough in higher-paying categories and not enough to nudge down its unemployment rate.

  7. Lawmakers denounce Florida elections chief a second time

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's elections chief faced open hostility from Senate Republicans for a second time Thursday for opposing a bipartisan bill to allow online voter registration by 2017.

    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says adding online registration now would be risky.
  8. Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

    Water

    OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO — A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches for miles off the coast of Louisiana. From the vantage point of an airplane, it's easy to see gas bubbles in the slick that mark the spot where an oil platform toppled during a 2004 hurricane, triggering what might be …

    This March 31, 2015, photo shows an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. An Associated Press investigation has revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than what the Taylor Energy Company - or the government - has publicly reported. Presented with AP's findings, the Coast Guard provided a new leak estimate that is about 20 times greater than one recently touted by the company. [Associated Press]
  9. Kennedy Space Center salutes 25 years of Hubble with special events

    Florida

    The Hubble Space Telescope was first launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in April 1990, and the visitor center at Cape Canaveral will celebrate 25 years of the observatory with three days of special activities and events April 24-26.

    The Hubble Space Telescope is shown following its release from the space shuttle Discovery in 1997. (NASA)
  10. Gov. Rick Scott sues feds over health care money, Medicaid expansion

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday he will sue the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid.

    “We will fight to protect the health care of Floridians, and their right to be free from federal overreach.”
Gov. Scott