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  1. Eyeing Senate bid, Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera must decide whether to stay or go


    TALLAHASSEE — After 18 months in Gov. Rick Scott's shadow, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has to make his first big decision.

  2. Gov. Rick Scott has spent nearly $300,000 on political consultants since April


    TALLAHASSEE — For someone who cannot seek re-election, Gov. Rick Scott is spending a whole lot of money on political consultants, adding fuel to speculation that he is aiming to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018.

    Gov. Rick Scott, facing a state term-limit law, has never hidden his interest in national politics.
  3. Bernie Sanders turns into force on presidential campaign trail


    The biggest obstacle to Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic presidential nomination is a rumpled, white-haired grandfather who doesn't even call himself a member of the Democratic party.

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders pauses during a political rally in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Michael P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP) WIMAW112
  4. As death penalty debate reignites, Florida carves its own path

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — For nearly six months, the death chamber at Florida State Prison has remained empty.

    Since Rick Scott entered office in 2011, Florida has executed 21 people. Last year, the state's eight executions put it third nationwide, behind just Texas and Missouri, which executed 10 apiece.  [File, Florida Department of Corrections]
  5. Christian music's Rock the Universe mega show coming Sept. 11-12


    Christian music giants Newsboys (pictured) and Crowder and Grammy winners Casting Crowns will headline Rock the Universe, the two-night Christian-music festival at Universal Studios theme park Sept. 11-12. A one-night ticket sells for $61.99; a two-night ticket costs $91.99. A "Rock Your Weekend" ticket option includes …

    Newsboys Jeff Frankenstein, Duncan Phillips, Michael Tait and Joey Davis will perform Saturday during Winter Jam at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
  6. Facing life in prison, drug smuggler thinks of home in Pinellas County


    Tommy Powell, international drug smuggler, picked an odd time to think about where he would like to retire.

      (Courtesy of Tommy Powell)
  7. Wild ride across Florida: 800 miles, alone on a bike

    Human Interest

    Spindly legs dangle from the frame of my glasses. A black body rappels down a silk filament, itsy-bitsy arachnid feet tickling my nose.

    Graham Brink completed an 800-mile bike race across the full length of Florida. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   Times]
  8. Judge blocks 24-hour abortion waiting period

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A law requiring women to see a doctor 24 hours before having an abortion is no longer in effect.

    At least, not for now.

  9. Rooftop surf park, wave pool coming to Orlando's International Drive


    Add a surf park with three pools atop a 10-story parking garage to the attention-grabbing features coming to the Skyplex entertainment complex set to open on Orlando's International Drive in about 18 months. Developers have already announced plans for the world's tallest roller coaster, a drop tower attraction, a zip …

     A surfer rides the stationary artificial wave in on a San Diego, Calif., rooftop in 2000. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
  10. Gov. Rick Scott's net worth grows to $147 million

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's personal net worth ballooned in the past year to nearly $147 million, an increase of 11 percent and nearly twice what it was two years ago.

    Thanks to a vast portfolio of investments and sales of stock, Florida Governor Rick Scott's year-to-year net worth grew by $15 million in 2014. [Corey Perrine/Naples Daily News via AP]