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  1. Florida Legislature opens door to for-profit mental health services

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The data on Florida's mental health problem tells the story: people who go untreated for mental illness are more likely to be addicted to drugs, have children in the state's child welfare system, draw unemployment checks and land in prison.

  2. FDLE admits overreacting to anti-Scott blogger's use of Beatles lyrics

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — As a liberal blogger in search of followers, Daniel Tilson cultivates a crowd that dislikes Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

  3. Marco Rubio confirms April 13 announcement in Miami

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio will announce his presidential intentions April 13 in Miami, using an appearance Monday afternoon on Fox News to build suspense for a decision that he has been working toward for quite a while.

  4. Bill to make sexting law enforceable gaining traction in Legislature

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Four years after championing a law that inadvertently made sexting an unenforceable crime in Florida, a state senator is pushing to close that loophole.

    “Our intentions have always been to make sure that the punishment fits the crime and we’re not unjustly making our children register as sex offenders just for youthful indiscretions.” 
Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, the bill’s sponsor
  5. Florida House moves to reduce youth arrests

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A Florida House panel on Monday gave its overwhelming support to a proposal seeking to reduce youth arrests by expanding civil-citation programs.

    There are
other solutions to youth crime, Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, said.
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Do killer whales live as long at SeaWorld as in the wild? (w/video)

    State Roundup

    More and more, critics are making the case that keeping killer whales in captivity is harmful to the animals and dangerous for the people who train them. SeaWorld, the theme park that showcases the trained whales, is now fighting back.

  7. On April 1, homeowners will see flood insurance rates increase


    At her small beach house that sits in a flood zone, Nancy Loft-Powers worries. The prospect of rising water, she said, isn't what bothers her. It's the expected rise in the cost of her $7,500 yearly flood insurance.

    Homes and docks damaged by Superstorm Sandy remain uninhabitable in the Broad Channel section of Queens, New York, on, Jan. 3, 2013.The storm drained the coffers of the national flood insurance program. [Associated Press]
  8. A Florida father fights to turn pool tragedy into legislation

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — On a warm day last April, exactly one week after his 7th birthday, Calder Sloan plunged into the pool behind his North Miami home.

    Christopher Sloan stands next to the pool at his North Miami home four days after his son, Calder, 7, was electrocuted. 
  9. Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property


    OMAHA, Neb. — The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table.

    Edmund and Enna Chester and their daughter, Patricia, arrive in Cuba on a flight from Florida. When Fidel Castro's government began confiscating the property of thousands of U.S. citizens and companies in 1959, the Chesters lost an 80-acre farm and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock. [Photo courtesy of Carolyn Chester via AP]
  10. Rubio might announce campaign April 13 at Miami's Freedom Tower

    State Roundup

    Marco Rubio has reserved the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami for an undisclosed event April 13 in what appears to be a potential, if not likely, spot for Florida's junior senator to announce his candidacy for president.

    Last month, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., addressed the CPAC gathering in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)