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  1. Jeb Bush shows signs of second wind ahead of New Hampshire primary

    State Roundup

    PLAISTOW, N.H. — Jeb Bush's stump speech started to take on a defensive, pleading tone in the days following his sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses last week.

    Jeb Bush leaves a Rotary Club luncheon at the Nashua Country Club on Tuesday in Nashua, N.H. He hopes to finish ahead of two other governors in the race. 
  2. Florida legislative committee revives bill to legalize all marijuana strains for terminally ill

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After months of being sidelined, a bill to legalize full-strength medical marijuana for terminally ill patients resurfaced in the Florida House on Monday with a rewrite that restores the number of eligible growers to five.

    In this May 5, 2015, photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. The Florida Legislature is considering a bill to legalize full-strength medical marijuana and expanding the number of nurseries allowed to grow it.  [Associated Press]
  3. Florida ban on LGBT discrimination nearly dies, but will have rehearing Tuesday

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Senators on Monday breathed life into a proposal that bans discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Floridians, just minutes after the bill appeared to be dead.

  4. How the Canadian dollar's plunge is hurting Florida snowbirds

    Tourism

    Besides suitcases, swimsuits and sunscreen, Dann Oliver brought something else for his yearly trip to Florida: two big tubs packed with soup, canned vegetables and pork and beans.

    To save money, Dann Oliver brought tubs full of groceries from Canada to stock the pantry of his winter home in Gulfport.
  5. Ohio IT consulting firm Cohesion moves headquarters to Tampa, plans to add 100 jobs

    Business

    TAMPA — An IT consulting firm has recently moved its headquarters from Ohio to Tampa where it plans to add 100 jobs, Gov. Rick Scott announced during a visit here Monday.

  6. PolitiFact Florida: Scott says state revenues are growing even after 50 tax cuts

    Gov. Rick Scott's $1 billion tax-cut request is giving the Florida Legislature plenty to chew on, especially after state economists warned that revenues won't be as high as once thought.

  7. Marco Rubio's debate oops threatens to shift momentum of race

    National

    SALEM, N.H. — We've heard Donald Trump swear, insult and offend. We've winced as Jeb Bush flailed during debates. We've wondered on occasion whether Ben Carson was fully awake.

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., works to charge up a crowd during a campaign stop in a high school cafeteria, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  8. Marco Rubio-Ted Cruz battle represents struggle over GOP's future

    State Roundup

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Marco Rubio had just finished an event, impressing the room with his forward-looking message, and Steve Pena lingered among the crowd pressing the presidential candidate for a selfie.

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a town hall meeting at a Toyota dealership on Feb. 4, 2016, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
  9. Marco Rubio vs. Jeb Bush: A tale of two town halls

    State Roundup

    NASHUA, N.H. — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are slugging it out on the presidential campaign trail, trading insults about experience and readiness.

    Here's a side-by-side comparison of appearances by Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday in New Hampshire. [Rubio photo by New York Times; Bush photo by Associated Press]
  10. House, Senate proposed budgets include millions for Tampa Bay projects

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Tens of millions of dollars for libraries, museums, parks and theaters in the Tampa Bay area have survived the first cut and are in the initial state budget proposals.

    The state Senate’s early budget earmarks $1 million for the Florida Aquarium to help finish construction of a marine conservation and research facility near Apollo Beach. The House’s early budget lists $500,000 for the project. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times, 2014]