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  1. Private prison health care in doubt as contract with Florida collapses

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After two years of complaints about health care in Florida's prisons, the private company that has been responsible for the largest share of inmate care — Corizon Health — decided not to renew its $1.1 billion contract with the state Monday, leaving the future of care for 74,000 inmates …

  2. Florida lawmakers consider bills to protect for-profit college students

    State Roundup

    After a year of repeated for-profit college scandals — including the recent closure of Dade Medical College — Florida lawmakers are poised to consider new, tougher rules governing the schools.

    Dade Medical College's campus in Hollywood. [Dade Medical College]
  3. Gov. Rick Scott orders execution for Glades County man convicted of double murder

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Monday ordered the execution of a man convicted in two 1983 killings.

  4. Florida investigators: No evidence Planned Parenthood sold organs

    State Roundup

    MIAMI — State investigators say there's no evidence Planned Parenthood in Florida purchased or sold human organs or tissue.

  5. Presidential candidates to chase campaign cash around Art Basel Miami Beach

    State Roundup

    MIAMI BEACH — Ah, to be among the glitterati who will descend this week on Art Basel Miami Beach. Nibbling on canapes. Clinking glasses of bubbly. Perusing modern masterpieces. And … writing checks to politicians?

    A general view of atmosphere during day two of Art Basel in 2013 at Soho Beach House in Miami Beach.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Soho Beach House)
  6. Jeb Bush wrongly claims Obama didn't host a Republican senator for dinner until 2013

    State Roundup

    During a recent campaign stop in Atlantic, Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told a very detailed story to underscore Democratic President Barack Obama's alleged unwillingness to work with Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

    Here's what he said:

    Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to students and supporters during a tailgate campaign stop on the campus of Mississippi State, in Starkville, Miss. [AP photo]
  7. Thousands cheer on insult-throwing Donald Trump at Sarasota rally

    State Roundup


    Thousands of Donald Trump fans packed inside and outside a Sarasota arena Saturday to hear the Republican front-runner rip Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, super PACs, "phonies" in the press corps (especially the New York Times), Obamacare, "weak" generals leading America's military, political correctness, …

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to thousands of people at his campaign rally at Robarts Arena in Sarasota on Saturday afternoon. [ZACK WITTMAN   |   Times]
  8. After a defeat in Houston, the fight for gay rights shifts to Jacksonville

    State Roundup

    JACKSONVILLE — The first major gay rights showdown since Houston's rancorous vote to repeal its antidiscrimination ordinance is shaping up here in Jacksonville, the largest city in the nation whose leaders have never enacted civil rights protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

    Community members crowd a meeting about Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance on Nov. 17. Gay rights advocates dominated proceedings because the mayoral panel took questions on a first come, first served basis.
  9. Snitch ruins Orlando-area retirement community's penny-ante mahjong game



    Someone was suspicious of Zelda King and her gang of gambling grandmas.

    From left, Lee Delnick, 86, Zelda King, 87, and Bernice Diamond, 89, gather around a mahjong game in the clubhouse at the Escondido Condominium community in Altamonte Springs.
  10. Both sides make conspiracy accusations in Florida's redistricting fight

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The knock-down fight over the political future of the Florida Senate entered its third round this week as lawyers for the coalition of voting groups accused Republican lawmakers of conspiring again to protect incumbents, while the Legislature's lawyers accused opponents of "operating in the shadows" …