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  1. Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders take New Hampshire, with Jeb Bush fourth

    State Roundup


    Donald Trump stormed back into the national spotlight by winning the New Hampshire primary Tuesday and Democrat Bernie Sanders avenged his narrow Iowa loss to Hillary Clinton.

    Volunteers and staff for Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio run past demonstrators, including Eddie Vale of the American Bridge 21st Century political action committee, who was dressed as a robot to skewer Rubio.
  2. Florida House looks to limit public schools' construction expenses

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — With resounding opposition from Democrats and school officials, Republican lawmakers in the Florida House are fast-tracking a proposal to significantly change how public school districts use taxpayer money to fund construction projects, while also making it easier for charter schools to get capital …

  3. Florida House committee advances bill to expand casino games

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers made uneven progress on ambitious plans to rewrite the state's gambling laws Tuesday as a House committee did what has been virtually impossible for the conservative chamber to do in the last decade: pass a bill that expands gambling in Florida.

    Gov. Rick Scott, center, talks with James Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming, at the tribe's headquarters in Hollywood earlier this month. Lawmakers are debating whether to approve a gaming compact signed by Scott and the tribe along with other possible changes to state gambling laws. [ASSOCIATED PRESS]
  4. LGBT discrimination ban dies in Florida Senate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A ban on discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Floridians will not become law this year.

  5. Florida House to consider plan allowing open enrollment in public schools

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would allow open enrollment in Florida public schools is headed to the House floor, after the House Education Committee on Tuesday afternoon made two significant changes.

  6. Judges consider lifting order that blocks 24-hour abortion waiting period

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The fate of a court order that blocked a mandatory waiting period for abortions is on the line as state appellate judges weigh it against strict privacy rules in the state constitution.

  7. Great Tampa Bay date ideas for Valentine's Day or all year long


    You want to take your sweetie on a great date on Valentine's Day, of course. And rest assured, there is some pretty fun stuff happening around town this weekend. But why limit yourself? Here, from the brains of the Tampa Bay Times entertainment and lifestyle experts, are some original and lovey-dovey Tampa Bay …

    The main lobby of the Tampa Theatre, with the concession stand on the left, and stairs to the balcony on the right. .  [Edmund D. Fountain, Times photo]
  8. 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. 
  9. 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]
  10. 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.