Florida news

  1. Gov. Rick Scott rolls out plan to increase per-student spending

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday announced a plan to raise per-student spending to a record level next year.

    Gov. Rick Scott speaks at the Florida Polytechnic University's ribbon-cutting ceremony in Lakeland last week. [DEMETRIUS FREEMAN   |   Times]
  2. Black voters become focus in redistricting fight

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The racial tensions that coursed for years beneath the surface in Florida's redistricting battle came into sharp focus Wednesday as lawyers for each side blasted each other for attempting to use black voters for partisan gain.

  3. New survey shows Common Core support declining

    State Roundup

    Public support for Common Core, the education standards heavily supported by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has suffered as more people learn about it, according to a new survey.

    Jeb Bush has been a vocal supporter of Common Core, but Republicans oppose the standards and have attacked Bush’s stance on them.
  4. Florida prisons boss, under fire over shower death, announces changes

    Crime

    With his agency reeling from a series of questionable inmate deaths, Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews announced "a huge first step" of prison reforms on Wednesday.

    Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews called the changes "a huge first step" - the reforms include special training for corrections officers and having outside investigators handle prison deaths. [AP photo]
  5. Scott and Putnam disclose a few more details on King Ranch trips

    Elections

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam this week provided the most detail yet on his hunting trips to King Ranch in Texas, saying he did not discuss state business, such as water policy, while visiting hunting land leased by U.S. Sugar.

    Adam Putnam says his last trip to the Texas ranch was in 2012.
  6. Under fire by Gov. Rick Scott, Citizens chief executive defends overseas travel

    Banking

    TALLAHASSEE — The chief executive of Florida's state-backed property insurer defended overseas travel Tuesday as Gov. Rick Scott lectured him about the need to be more careful about spending.

  7. Has American Idol been 'Frozen' out at Disney theme park?

    Florida

    Disney World will close its American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park Aug. 30, much earlier than previously announced. The attraction based on Fox's long-time singing competition was supposed to close in January 2015; a Disney spokesman said the park isn't ready to reveal what's coming …

    (2009) The American Idol Experience  at Disney's Hollywood Studios opened in 2009 and will close next week. This "golden ticket" sign greets potential performers as they enter backstage.
  8. Gov. Rick Scott meets with scientists but remains silent on climate change

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott listened to five of Florida's top climate scientists Tuesday as they urged him to show leadership and develop policies to offset the impact of human-induced climate change to the state.

    Eckerd College marine science professor David Hastings, left, speaks to Gov. Scott, right, and his aide, Noah Valenstein, about why Florida should act to offset the impact of climate change.
  9. Touting prosugar bill, Southerland first U.S. congressman to confirm King Ranch trip

    Elections

    TALLAHASSEE — Standing alongside Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and representatives from business groups, U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland on Monday touted federal legislation to block federal oversight of waterways and wetlands in favor of state and local government agencies.

    U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland confirmed that he went on a hunting trip to U.S. Sugar's lease on King Ranch. [The New York Times (2011)]
  10. Bousquet: Another day of running for governor, another round of nasty ads

    Legislature

    Gov. Rick Scott on Monday ramped up an asphalt agenda, calling for more lanes on Interstate 295 in Jacksonville and millions more for airports and seaports.