Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Emily L. Mahoney

Emily L. Mahoney

Emily L. Mahoney covers state politics and government accountability for the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau. Before joining the Times/Herald, she was the inaugural Cronkite Database Fellow at the Houston Chronicle involved in post-Hurricane Harvey investigations. She has also reported for the Miami Herald, the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting and the Arizona Republic. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She’s from the Phoenix area and received her bachelor’s and master’s in journalism from Arizona State University. 



Shane Missler, 20, inset, claimed the $450 million Mega Millions jackpot on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. He purchased the winning ticket at a 7Eleven on Ridge Road in Pasco County. [Inset photo, Facebook; Store photo, JIM DAMASKED | Times]

Florida man, 20, claims $450M Mega Millions jackpot

TALLAHASSEE — About 1 a.m. Thursday, 20-year-old Shane Missler wrote on Twitter: "The power of positive thinking should not be underestimated!"By that time he already knew he had won the lottery.
Updated: 3 months ago
Senate President Joe Negron shakes hands with Sen. Bill Galvano during the first day of the 2017 legislative session. The two senators are leading supporters of a 2018 bill that boosts higher education, including restoring the Bright Futures scholarship to its original levels. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Bill to sweeten Bright Futures scholarship sails through Senate

Nearly a decade since the luster on Florida’s signature merit scholarship program began to grow dim, state lawmakers have taken a decisive step toward restoring its appeal.
Updated: 3 months ago