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Lottery Contract Fight Put on Hold

July 17, 2017 - 8:15pm

Amid settlement talks, a stay has been issued in the state House's challenge to the legality of a ticket-sales contract signed last year by the Florida Lottery.

Florida Citrus Harvest Lowest in Decades

July 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

The final forecast of the 2016-2017 season for Florida's struggling citrus industry shows the orange crop falling 16 percent from the previous season --- which, itself, had been at a five-decades low.

And after a season of severe drought, combined with the continued fight against a deadly citrus disease and the expansion of residential development, the news wasn't any better for grapefruit farming, where production dropped 28 percent from the prior year.

Backroom Briefing: Venezuela Regime Comes under Florida Fire

July 6, 2017 - 12:30pm
Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela's Maduro regime and the investment bank Goldman Sachs could be in the crosshairs of Florida politicians heading toward the 2018 legislative session.

Rick Scott's Net Worth Rebounds

July 3, 2017 - 10:00am

Gov. Rick Scott's net worth rebounded in 2016, a reversal of fortune after his investments plunged a year earlier, according to annual financial disclosure documents.

Rainy Season Douses Fiery Florida

June 21, 2017 - 5:45pm

After months of drought conditions that helped fuel nearly 2,500 wildfires across the state, Florida has quickly moved deep into its rainy season.

The rain has been welcomed by crews who spent months battling wildfires, which have consumed more than 250,000 acres of state and federal lands, the worst year for fires since 2011.

Atwater Set to Leave Office at the End of the Month

June 12, 2017 - 6:45pm
Jeff Atwater

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater formally delivered his letter of resignation on Monday, five months after announcing he was leaving for a job at Florida Atlantic University.

The letter said June 30 --- the end of the current fiscal year --- will be Atwater's final day in the statewide job.

He's held the Cabinet office, which has duties ranging from overseeing the state treasury to serving as the state fire marshal, since 2011.

Economic Development Differences Remain for Lawmakers

June 8, 2017 - 8:45pm

The House and Senate continued Thursday trying to reach agreement on economic-development issues, with one of the sticking points involving tourism-marketing dollars being matched with small-county bed tax money.
 
Differences also dealt with oversight issues, as lawmakers consider $177 million proposals that would bolster tourism-marketing agency Visit Florida and create a new economic-development fund. Lawmakers are in a special session that started Wednesday and is scheduled to end Friday.

Enterprise Florida in 'Wait and See' on Cuts

June 1, 2017 - 6:15pm

Florida's business-recruitment agency is bracing to operate with less money from the state but has not outlined changes that might need to be made.

Nor are Enterprise Florida officials publicly expressing hope that negotiations between Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, will bolster the money available for the agency.

Gillum: Democrats Can't 'Camp Out' in South Florida

May 31, 2017 - 6:00pm
Andrew Gillum

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, says he won't emulate the campaign strategy he ascribes to his party's past two candidates for governor.

State Focuses on Renewed Zika Threat

May 30, 2017 - 5:30pm

Florida's largely dry conditions, which might appear to be more conducive to wildfires, shouldn't be seen as a reason to reduce vigilance in preventing the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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