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  1. Run from Cuba, Americans cling to claims for seized property

    Nation

    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]
  2. 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)
  3. Insurance stands to gain in Legislature's Uber, Lyft debate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Beyond disrupting the taxicab and hotel industries, the mushrooming popularity of shared services like Uber and Airbnb has triggered a cry for regulation in the state Capitol.

  4. Florida House approves controversial bill to divert district funds to charter schools

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Without a word of debate Friday, the Florida House approved a controversial proposal that could require school districts to share tens of millions of dollars in construction funds with rival charter schools.

    Rep. Erik Fresen is personally connected to charters.
  5. Florida House wants flags made in USA

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida marched one step closer Friday to requiring American and state flags flying at government buildings to be sewn in the United States with homegrown materials.

    The Florida House passed a bill Friday requiring state and American flags flying at government buildings in Florida to be made entirely in America.
  6. Lawmakers aim to revamp Florida's jobs incentive programs

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers are demanding sweeping changes to the taxpayer-funded programs that Gov. Rick Scott uses to attract jobs to Florida, citing the need for more openness and better accountability.

    Gov. Rick Scott says the state’s incentives program has been working.
  7. Florida's jobless rate drops slightly to 5.6 percent in February

    State Roundup

    The hallmarks of Florida's economic recovery are nothing if not consistent: slow, steady and still elusive for some.

    “Tourists are flocking to Florida, many of them wanting to build a snowman with Olaf or to sing Let It Go with Elsa, and that’s driving a good part of Florida’s economic upswing.”
Sean Snaith, a University of Central Florida economist and director of the UCF Institute for Economic Competitiveness
  8. Epcot's Innoventions West to close at Disney World for overhaul

    Florida

    How will kids learn to save up enough money to go to Disney World now that Epcot's financial education game, the Great Piggy Bank Adventure, is closing? The Innoventions West attraction at Epcot will be closed as the area undergoes an overhaul, and these little piggies will not stay home. The Piggy Bank Adventure …

    In this May 18, 2009 photo,Toni Corkil, right, of Marshall, Mo. and her daughter Grace, 8, learn about saving and investing through a series of interactive video games at the Great Piggy Bank Adventure in the EPCOT theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The exhibit is aimed at teaching kids ages 8 to 13 basic lessons in personal finance.(AP Photo/John Raoux)
  9. Odds do not favor backers of bill to allow new casinos in South Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The odds of passing a sweeping rewrite of the state's gambling laws appeared long on Thursday as a House committee began debate on a draft proposal to expand gambling in Florida and ended with no commitment to take up the bill for a vote.

  10. Pinellas business leaders push priorities in Tallahassee

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A group of Pinellas County business leaders who pitched their priorities to hometown lawmakers Thursday heard predictions that a budget stalemate could force the session into overtime.