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The Morning Watch: Rick Scott, Donald Trump meeting today in New York

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RICK SCOTT AND DONALD TRUMP TO MEET TODAY IN NEW YORK

Gov. Rick Scott is traveling to New York today to meet face to face with President-elect Donald Trump. Scott has already spoken to Trump three times since Election Day, but the meeting today will give the governor a chance to congratulate him on his victory in person and offer his help to "reinvent the federal government," Scott's spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said.

TREASURE ISLAND GETS OFFER TO SETTLE LAWSUITS

Lawyer Ken Weiss, who is suing Treasure Island over its handling of the election referendum, is offering to drop the lawsuit if the city agrees to have an independent investigation into its actions. A judge sided with the city in the first round of the lawsuit fight three weeks ago. Circuit Judge Pamela Campbell denied a motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the city from continuing to spend money to provide voters with information about the referendum questions.

ALTMAN: ADVOCATES USE FERRY TEST TO PUSH FOR MACDILL ROUTE, TOO

With an Air Force career that saw him rise to the rank of major general, Dave Scott is more used to flying over water than sailing on it. But that's not stopping the Apollo Beach resident from being a strong advocate for waterborne transportation. He started up the Tampa Bay Citizens for High Speed Ferry to help get commuters off the bridges and onto the bays, Howard Altman writes.

TEARS, TEDDY BEARS AND TOGETHERNESS MARK ADOPTION DAY

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Jennifer and Eric Adams swear in during their adoption proceeding for their daughter, Layla Adams, 2 (right) at the Tuesday ceremony. They adopted two other girls including Ella Adams, 3 and MacKenzie Adams, 2 (not pictured).

Each of the newly-adopted 19 children participating in National Adoption Day would soon come to claim a cuddly new friend and join their forever families. Representatives from the Junior League of Tampa, Eckerd Community Alternatives and the Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay hosted a special music-themed ceremony called Adoption Rocks on Tuesday. Families, friends, children, caseworkers and supporters came to celebrate the finalization of the adoptions, some of which had taken years to become official.

VIDEO: MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE...AND PREVIEWING FLORIDA-LSU, USF-SMU AND MORE

We here at Spanning the State are nothing if not hip, with it and most assuredly on fleek. Which is why Matt Baker and Joey Knight embraced the latest online fad, the Mannequin Challenge, in their latest weekly preview video. Oh, and they also talk about the Florida Gators' chances of winning the SEC East at LSU, Dalvin Cook's run at FSU history, USF's record-breaking offense and our new and improved final four projections. On Wisconsin?

OUTGOING HERNANDO COMMISSION EXTENDS ADMINISTRATOR'S CONTRACT

As one of their last officials acts, the Hernando County Commission this week awarded Len Sossamon

Florida Gov. Rick Scott answers questions during a news conference at the Republican Governors Association annual conference Tuesday in Orlando. [Associated Press]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott answers questions during a news conference at the Republican Governors Association annual conference Tuesday in Orlando. [Associated Press]

The Morning Watch: Rick Scott, Donald Trump meeting today in New York 11/17/16 [Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:09am]
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    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman's multi-million Davis Islands home is staying in the Lightning family. Yzerman is selling his 6,265-square-foot house Monday to new defenseman Dan Girardi for $3 million.

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    Criminal

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  3. Hernando commissioners propose tax-rate reduction as budget talks continue

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The typical budget battle between the Hernando County Commission and Sheriff Al Nienhuis has largely been averted this summer, except for a dust-up over how the sheriff has accounted for federal inmate money. But a minor skirmish did break out this week.

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    Business

    In the eternal quest to appeal more to business than other states, Florida's managed to haul itself out of some pretty mediocre years. After scoring an impressive 8 among 50 states way back in 2007, Florida suffered horribly during and immediately after the recession. Its rank sank as low as No. 30 only four years ago, …

    Florida's trying to make strides in preparing its high school and college graduates for the rapidly changing skill sets of today's workforce. But the latest CNBC ranking of the best and worst states for business gave Florida poor marks for education, ranking No. 40 (tied with South Carolina for education) among the 50 states. Still, Florida ranked No. 12 overall in the best business states annual ranking. [Alan Berner/Seattle Times]
  5. Florida: White man who killed black person to be executed

    State Roundup

    GAINESVILLE — For the first time in state history, Florida is expecting to execute a white man for killing a black person — and it plans to do so with help of a drug that has never been used previously in any U.S. execution.

    This undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections shows Mark Asay. If his final appeals are denied, Asay is to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. Thursday. Asay was convicted by a jury of two racially motivated, premeditated murders in Jacksonville in 1987.  [Florida Department of Corrections via AP]