While concluding that last spring's Gulf oil disaster was "not Obama's Katrina," a commission led by former Florida Gov. Bob Graham nevertheless heaped blame on federal regulators, BP Petroleum and the oil industry in general.
In what likely will become fodder for upcoming lawsuits, a stinging federal report scheduled for release next week shows that shortcuts, mistakes, questionable technology and overall poor management led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Despite a sluggish economy and a potential $3 billion-plus budget gap, Florida should more than double the state’s tourism marketing budget under a proposal sent to Gov.-elect Rick Scott Wednesday by his transition team.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials announced Wednesday that the government is suing BP and eight other defendants, seeking to recover damages from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill earlier this year.