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Florida Fish and Wildlife Approves Delisting of Black Bear, Other Species

June 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

The Florida black bear, the brown pelican and 14 other species are set to be removed from the list of threatened species in Florida after a unanimous vote Wednesday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The commission began a review four years ago of the list of threatened species in an effort to determine which animals were no longer at risk of extinction in Florida, looking at various factors indicating the risk to the animals survival, including overall population size and the size of the species range.

With Spill in Rear View and Expensive Gas: Drill, Baby, Drill Again?

Weekly Roundup: Lawyers, Guns and Money -- Get Me Out of This

Haridopolos: New Gulf Drilling Needed

April 26, 2011 - 6:00pm

Senate President Mike Haridopolos said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that new oil drilling is needed in the Gulf of Mexico, a reversal from last year, when, in the wake of the BP spill, he said Florida was going to turn the page away from drilling.

In an interview with Newsmax TV that was Webcast on Tuesday, Haridopolos, also a candidate for U.S. Senate, said that gas prices have changed the paradigm.

Weekly Roundup: Tough Week in a Tough Year

Doctors, Gun Groups Compromise on Gun Ownership Questions

March 28, 2011 - 6:00pm

In many cases, doctors would still be able to ask patients questions about whether they have guns under a measure approved by a Senate committee on Monday, a result of a compromise between gun rights groups and the medical establishment.

The National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups had pushed for a much stronger bill that would have precluded doctors, in many cases, from asking patients about whether they own guns. Backers of the measure, sponsored by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, had said patients were being harassed over gun ownership.

Weekly Roundup: Sansom and Crist in the News - Is This 2009?

Weekly Roundup: Merit Pay Moves Forward, Budget Gap Goes Backward

Supreme Court Split Plan Clears House Committee

March 17, 2011 - 7:00pm

A House plan to split the Supreme Court into two five-member panels was approved Thursday by the House Civil Justice Committee, with its Republican sponsor saying the measure will speed up a justice system that currently moves at a crawl.

Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, the chairman of the committee, said he believes the current Supreme Court works hard to get through its docket but simply takes too long.

DOC Announces Plans to Close Three Prisons

March 15, 2011 - 7:00pm

The Department of Corrections announced plans Tuesday to close three prisons, two boot camp programs and another facility as a way of saving $30 million that agency officials say can be done without releasing any inmates early.

Prisons officials also claim they can do it without many layoffs. A statement from the department said the bulk of the cost savings would be generated through employee attrition.

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