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Kathleen McGrory, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Kathleen McGrory

Kathleen McGrory is a state government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She has been with the Miami Herald since 2006. Her previous beats include breaking news, the Miami-Dade school district and Miami City Hall. She holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Phone: (850) 222-3095

Email: kmcgrory@miamiherald.com

Twitter: @kmcgrory

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  1. Scott appoints new Board of Education member

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    Michael-OlenickGov. Rick Scott has appointed Michael Olenick to the state Board of Education....

  2. Olenick named to state Board of Education

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    Michael-OlenickGov. Rick Scott has appointed Michael Olenick to the state Board of Education....

  3. Scott prioritizes PLSA program in proposed budget

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    Gov. Rick Scott has released several key details of his proposed education budget, including his desire to boost the overall K-12 education budget to $19.75 billion.

    His latest education-related recommendation: $5 million for the Personal Learning Scholarship Account program....

  4. Scott recommends money for individuals with disabilities

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    Another day, another budget recommendation.

    Gov. Rick Scott on Friday unveiled new additional of his budget proposal, including $8 million to enroll all individuals "with critical needs" from the waiting list to the Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver Program.

    "I am pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, Floridians will be removed from the critical needs waiting list with our proposed funding," he said in a statement....

  5. The latest example of dysfunction in Florida's prisons: "Daddy"

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    Each day, the female inmates at Lowell Correctional Institution would line up at the back gate waiting to talk to "Daddy."

    In the afternoons, the prisoners would take turns visiting his office, passing him slips of paper and asking for favors like special bunk assignments, chocolates or time to liaison with their female partners.Finish

    Assistant Warden Marty Martinez had so many women who wanted to spend time with him that it not only interfered with the daily operation of the facility, it caused jealous fights for his attention among inmates, according to an investigation by the Department of Corrections released Thursday....

  6. Gov. Rick Scott makes pitch to expand Bright Futures scholarships

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    ScottGov. Rick Scott on Thursday proposed spending $23.5 million to expand Bright Futures scholarships, but did not address recent criticism of the program — namely, that new eligibility standards put in place to control costs have kept thousands of low-income and minority students from receiving the awards....

  7. Gov. Scott proposes Bright Futures expansion but doesn't address criticisms

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    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday proposed spending $23.5 million to expand Bright Futures scholarships but did not address recent criticism of the program — namely, that new eligibility standards put in place to control costs have kept thousands of low-income and minority students from receiving the awards.

    Scott's plan would direct new money to help students with Bright Futures scholarships pay for summer courses....

    Critics say minority and low-income students are disproportionately left out of the Bright Futures scholarship program.
  8. Braynon to lead Senate Democrats in 2016-18

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    BraynonState Sen. Oscar Braynon II, D-Miami Gardens, will be the next Senate Democratic Leader....

  9. "Campus carry" bill starts moving in the Florida House

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    The Florida House is moving quickly on a proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

    The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the measure (HB 4005) in a party-line vote Tuesday, making it the first bill to advance in the Florida House this year.

    Still, it faces a significant hurdle in the Senate. Former Republican Sen. John Thrasher, who left the upper chamber in November to become the president of Florida State University, adamantly opposes the idea....

  10. Florida House panel approves guns on college campuses

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    The Florida House is moving quickly on a proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

    The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the measure (HB 4005) in a party-line vote Tuesday, making it the first bill to advance in the Florida House this year.

    Still, it faces a significant hurdle in the Senate. Former Republican Sen. John Thrasher, who left the upper chamber in November to become the president of Florida State University, adamantly opposes the idea....

  11. Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend on STEM

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    Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday released new details on his proposed education budget.

    Among his latest recommendations:

    • $1 million for paid summer residencies for teachers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math)
    • $5 million to encourage $10,000 STEM degrees at state colleges
    • $30 million for workforce training programs in STEM-related fields

    "We want Florida to be the global leader for jobs, and we must have a skilled workforce to reach that goal," Scott said. "By investing in science, technology, engineering and math education, we are ensuring our students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century."...

  12. Florida House panel approves guns on college campuses

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House is moving quickly on a proposal to allow guns on college campuses.

    The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the measure (HB 4005) in a party-line vote Tuesday, making it the first bill to advance in the Florida House this year.

    Still, it faces a significant hurdle in the Senate. Former Republican Sen. John Thrasher, who left the upper chamber in November to become president of Florida State University, adamantly opposes the idea....

    A shooting on Nov. 20 at Florida State University in Tallahassee has brought renewed interest in campus safety. FSU president John Thrasher opposes guns on campus.
  13. Scott reveals more details of proposed education budget

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    Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday released new details on his proposed education budget.

    Among his latest recommendations:

    • $1 million for paid summer residencies for teachers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math)
    • $5 million to encourage $10,000 STEM degrees at state colleges
    • $30 million for workforce training programs in STEM-related fields

    "We want Florida to be the global leader for jobs, and we must have a skilled workforce to reach that goal," Scott said. "By investing in science, technology, engineering and math education, we are ensuring our students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century."...

  14. Will 2015 be the year Florida lawmakers expand Medicaid?

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    For the past two years, the Republican-dominated Florida House has turned away federal funds intended to expand healthcare coverage to nearly a million uninsured Floridians.

    But there is a growing list of reasons why 2015 may be different.

    Chief among them: increased pressure from businesses, which could soon face fines for failing to provide healthcare coverage to employees.

    Since December, two influential business groups — Associated Industries of Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce — have issued policy papers urging lawmakers to accept the federal dollars to expand Medicaid. Both advocate for a Florida-specific plan that would require a waiver from the federal government....

  15. Business groups back Medicaid expansion in Florida

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — For the past two years, the Republican-dominated Florida House has turned away federal funds intended to expand health care coverage to nearly a million uninsured Floridians.

    But there is a growing list of reasons why 2015 might be different.

    Chief among them: increased pressure from businesses, which could soon face fines for failing to provide health care coverage to employees....

    As a safety-net hospital, Tampa General is among those that stand to lose millions in federal funds unless Florida legislators agree to expand the Medicaid program, one factor that could push compromise on the measure this year. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT l Times]