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Citrus Industry Looks for Aid after Irma

September 20, 2017 - 6:45pm

A long wait may be ahead for broad federal relief for Florida's beleaguered citrus industry, “decimated” last week by a lethal hurricane that crossed the peninsula at the start of the growing season, state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday.

Lake Okeechobee Rise Spurs More Water Releases

September 19, 2017 - 6:45pm

Water started to be released southwest from Lake Okeechobee on Tuesday morning, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks to stem a post-hurricane rise in the lake's water level.

Tim Tebow Plays Cheerleader for Irma Relief Efforts

September 12, 2017 - 5:30pm
Tim Tebow visits a Jacksonville hurricane shelter

A New York Mets minor leaguer with a Heisman Trophy from his time in The Swamp brought some star power to Gov. Rick Scott's Hurricane Irma relief efforts Tuesday.

Irma's Earliest Cost Projection: Between $64 Billion and $92 Billion

September 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

Local curfews were in place throughout the state, much of the Florida Keys remained closed and millions of people continued to lack electricity as cleanup work expected to reach into the billions of dollars began Monday in the wake of deadly Hurricane Irma.

Floridians Should Expect Days Without Power

September 10, 2017 - 12:30am

Widespread and prolonged power outages will become part of life for most Floridians over the next few days as Hurricane Irma has started to make an anticipated northern turn that will result in a destructive run through the state starting Sunday.

Backroom Briefing: NASA Pick Faces Rough Launch

September 7, 2017 - 12:30pm
Jim Bridenstine

Space Florida, the agency leading Florida's efforts in the reviving space industry at Cape Canaveral, praised President Donald Trump's new nominee to lead NASA.

Backroom Briefing: Special Session a Non-Starter for GOP

August 31, 2017 - 11:00am

Chances remain about zero that Republican leaders will be swayed by calls from the state's Democratic congressional delegation to hold a one-day special session to replace a statue of a Confederate general representing Florida in the U.S. Capitol.

With bills addressing the issue already filed for the 2018 regular legislative session, state Republican leaders gave no indication they will hold a special session after Florida's 11 congressional Democrats signed identical letters Wednesday to Gov. Rick Scott, state House Speaker Richard Corcoran and state Senate President Joe Negron.

Corcoran Lays the Law Down to 12 Maverick Tourism Agencies

August 26, 2017 - 6:00am

House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants a dozen local tourist-development councils that have broken ties with Visit Florida --- over new state rules Corcoran helped impose --- to outline how they spend tax dollars.

Enterprise Florida Marketing Takes Hit

August 22, 2017 - 4:30pm

Florida's business-recruitment agency isn't giving up on marketing to executives just because its budget has been slashed.

But it might not market to as many.

In scaling back marketing efforts after a cut in state funding, the public-private Enterprise Florida has outlined a $3 million marketing plan for this fiscal year that will reduce national newspaper ads and limit what the agency does at Major League Baseball spring-training games and with NASCAR.

Statue of Educator Bethune Proposed to Replace General

August 21, 2017 - 8:15pm

Amid a national debate about monuments and statues, a South Florida lawmaker renewed his push Monday for a likeness of Mary McLeod Bethune --- an educator and civil-rights activist who founded what is now known as Bethune-Cookman University --- to represent Florida in the U.S. Capitol.

State Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, proposed a resolution (SCR 184) to have Bethune replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as one of Florida's two representatives in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

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