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. Did Crist "swindle" Florida? Republicans say yes.

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    Republicans are insisting Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist "swindled" Florida.

    In a new digital ad, the Republican Party of Florida says Crist "swindled his own supporters [and] swindled voters" by changing his position abortion, gay marriage and taxes.

    "We won't let Charlie Crist swindle us again," a female voice says.

    "Swindle" has been a hot-button word since Fort Lauderdale investor Dean Kretschmar, in an ad promoting Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign, said he was swindled by both Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein....

  2. Tiny Florida town of Bell copes with mass killing (w/video)

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    BELL — It was hard enough for the adults in this tiny North Florida town to make sense of the mass killing that jolted their community Thursday.

    It was even harder explaining it to their children, who knew four of the victims from the local grade school.

    So on Friday morning, parents and students arrived at Bell Elementary in an apparent state of bewilderment, many with tears streaming down their faces. Uniformed sheriff's deputies escorted them into the building. Once inside, nearly 30 grief counselors awaited them to talk about the tragedy....

    A Gilchrist County sheriff's vehicle sits on the property Friday in Bell where 51-year-old Don Spirit  shot and killed his adult daughter and six of his grandchildren, as well as himself, on Thursday. [Associated Press]
  3. Crist supporters blast Scott attack ad

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    Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano and former Department of Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil on Thursday called on Republican Gov. Rick Scott to take down a controversial attack ad....

  4. Crist pitches plan to invest in solar energy, space exploration

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    Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist wants to invest in business incubation, create a thriving solar energy industry, and usher in a new age of space exploration.

    The ideas are part of his "Fair Shot Florida" plan to create jobs and grow the state's economy. 

    Crist unveiled the plan in August. But he provided some new details Wednesday....

  5. Florida universities say they need $45M to offset Bright Futures changes

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — When Florida lawmakers made it harder to earn a Bright Futures scholarship, they celebrated the potential cost savings.

    But the changes to the eligibility criteria may come with an unforeseen price tag.

    Universities across the state, including the University of South Florida, say they will need an additional $45 million next year for financial aid to help "low-income students impacted by the loss of Bright Futures scholarships."...

  6. Universities need $45 million to offset changes to Bright Futures scholarship program

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    When Florida lawmakers made it harder to earn a Bright Futures scholarship, they celebrated the cost savings.

    But the changes to the eligibility criteria may actually come with an unforeseen price tag.

    State universities say they will need an additional $45 million next year to provide more need-based financial aid, according to a new budget proposal....

  7. State universities: Changes to state-funded scholarships impacted 38 percent of freshman

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    When Florida lawmakers made it harder to earn a Bright Futures scholarship, they celebrated the cost savings.

    But the changes to the eligibility criteria may actually come with an unforeseen price tag.

    State universities say they will need an additional $45 million next year to provide more need-based financial aid, according to a new budget proposal....

  8. Sachs Media Group agrees to dismiss controversial lawsuit

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    After finding itself in a public relations nightmare last month, a prominent Tallahassee media firm has dropped its lawsuit against the family of a paralyzed Broward County man.

    The firm, Sachs Media Group, had said the family of Eric Brody owed $375,000 for four years of public relations and media outreach services.

    "We are a small business and it is difficult to walk away from nearly $400,000," Chief Operating Officer Michelle Ubben said. "But it became clear to us that it would take a long time to reach a resolution, and we didn’t want to put the family or the firm through that."...

  9. Firm drops suit against family of paralyzed Broward County man

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After finding itself in a public relations nightmare last month, a prominent Tallahassee media firm has dropped its lawsuit against the family of a paralyzed Broward County man.

    The firm, Sachs Media Group, had said the family of Eric Brody owed $375,000 for four years of public relations and media outreach services.

    "We are a small business and it is difficult to walk away from nearly $400,000," Chief Operating Officer Michelle Ubben said. "But it became clear to us that it would take a long time to reach a resolution, and we didn't want to put the family or the firm through that."...

  10. Dust-up puts Common Core front and center in the race for Florida governor

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    It seemed like the commotion over the Common Core had died down in Florida.

    But a dust-up last month in the Lee County school system, the state’s ninth-largest district with 85,000 students, reignited the debate over the controversial education benchmarks — and put the issue front and center in the governor’s race.

    Observers say it could present a challenge for Republican Gov. Rick Scott....

  11. Common Core creates political balancing act for Gov. Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — It seemed like the commotion over Common Core had died down in Florida.

    But a dustup last month in the Lee County school system, the state's ninth-largest district with 85,000 students, reignited the debate over the controversial education benchmarks — and put the issue front and center in the governor's race.

    Observers say it could present a challenge for Republican Gov. Rick Scott....

  12. Scott keeps the pressure on federal education department

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    As he promised to do at an Aug. 27 press conference, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saying Florida should be allowed to keep its policies on students for whom English is a second language....

  13. Scott sends letter on ELL testing, criticizes "federal overreach" in education

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    As he promised to do at an Aug. 27 press conference, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saying Florida should be allowed to keep its policies on students for whom English is a second language....

  14. Latvala raises concerns over school voucher lawsuit

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    Sen. Jack Latvala, of Clearwater, isn't the first Republican lawmaker to disagree with the union-backed lawsuit challenging the school voucher program.

    But he may be among the first offering to work with union leaders on the issue....

  15. Latvala offers to work with teachers union on voucher issues

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    Sen. Jack Latvala, of Clearwater, isn't the first Republican lawmaker to disagree with the union-backed lawsuit challenging the school voucher program.

    But he may be among the first offering to work with union leaders on the issue....