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  1. Florida prison chief makes top brass reapply for jobs

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — In a move that has the potential to either shake up the Department of Corrections or validate the status quo, prisons chief Julie Jones has asked the 12 top officials in charge of prisons and probation to reapply for their jobs by today as part of a major realignment designed to centralize power at …

    Julie Jones, who leads Department of Cor?rec?t?ions, initiated the new ac?count?a?bility measures.
  2. Controversy grows over plan to revamp issuance of millions of Florida driver licenses


    TALLAHASSEE — Florida motorists enjoy getting their shiny new driver licenses on the spot, but the state is studying a possible change to a new system that's stirring warnings of a possible "disaster" with drivers waiting up to two weeks for their cards.

    Edwin Rivera, 24, of Tampa, waits to be helped at the Drew Park branch of the Hillsborough County Tax Collector's office last Friday. 

Currently, Floridians can receive and renew their drivers licenses at Tax Collectors offices on the same day, but it could take up to two weeks under a proposed change. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]
  3. Bush's Planned Parenthood jab unfounded

    State Roundup

    Planned Parenthood is not involved in women's health issues, said Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

  4. Miami Lakes legislator rises swiftly, holds fast to 'free market' ideals

    State Roundup

    Rep. Jose Oliva kept an icy cool as he verbally sparred with his Senate counterpart Bill Galvano over the redistricting map that would force the Legislature's special session to end in stalemate.

    At right, Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, huddles on the floor of the Florida House with Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, before the House left early April 28, 2015, for the 2015 session.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  5. Tropical Storm Erika dissipates, area watches and warnings lifted


    Tropical Storm Erika broke up in the Caribbean on Saturday, leaving behind a wave of moisture expected to bring heavy rainfall to the Tampa Bay area in the next few days.

    Joe's Stone Crab employees Jordan Garcia, left, and Manny Cortes install hurricane shutters in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika on Friday in Miami Beach. [David Santiago | El Nuevo Herald via TNS]
  6. Coalition files suit to invalidate redistricting law in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A bipartisan group of voters added to the list of redistricting lawsuits this week, filing a case in federal court challenging the Fair Districts amendments of the Florida Constitution as unconstitutional.

    State Sen. Bill Galvano hopes the court gives lawmakers another try at drawing the districts.
  7. March: Tampa's Democratic stars come out for Pat Frank's re-election campaign


    TAMPA — Hillsborough Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank's re-election campaign kickoff Wednesday turned into a display of backing from the local Democratic Party establishment. More than a dozen current or former elected Democratic officeholders either attended or were on the list of hosts.

  8. Florida Lottery secretary resigns under fire

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell, one of Gov. Rick Scott's original agency heads, has resigned in the wake of media reports of questionable travel expenses and absenteeism.

    Cynthia O’Connell, the head of the Florida Lottery, is resigning effective 
Oct. 1.
  9. Jeb Bush touts consensus-builder style, but many point to discordant Florida record

    State Roundup

    Jeb Bush says he's the man to fix the partisan gridlock and dysfunction in Washington. It just takes a willingness to find common ground and reach across the aisle to work with people who may often disagree with you.

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
  10. As presidential campaigns take on national flavor, Iowa's role in nominating process narrows


    DES MOINES, Iowa — Just another day at the Iowa State Fair.

    Sen. Marco Rubio is mobbed by the media at the Iowa State Fair last week.

(Alex Leary  |  Times)