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  1. Before budget ax fell, Visit Florida executives ran up hefty travel bills

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's tourism chiefs at Visit Florida spend a lot of public money taking trips to exotic places to promote Florida as a top worldwide destination.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott, left, and Ken Lawson, the CEO of Visit Florida, back in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  3. Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott's disaster agency

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to reimburse Florida cities and counties for the cost of storm damage in a timely manner, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.

    Debris from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew piles up Oct. 8, 2016, in Vilano Beach in St. Johns County. Matthew hit the east coast of Florida more than a month after Hurricane Hermine and left a long trail of recovery costs unpaid by the state.
  4. Florida Senate's top Democrat resigns after admitting affair with lobbyist

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate's top Democratic leader, Jeff Clemens, resigned Friday after admitting to having an affair with a lobbyist during the last legislative session, saying that repairing his personal life was impossible in while serving in the high profile role.

    "Effective today, I am resigning from the Florida Senate," Jeff Clemens said in a statement Friday. "I have made mistakes I [am] ashamed of, and for the past six months I have been focused on becoming a better person."
  5. Dana Young files bill aimed at fraudulent corporation filings

    Blogs

    After someone filed fraudulent paperwork to change the registered agent in Florida for a multi-national corporation, state Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, has filed a bill in Tallahassee to require the state to notify corporations of any proposed changes to their state registration.

    State Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, on the floor of the Senate earlier this year.
  1. Before budget ax fell, Visit Florida executives ran up hefty travel bills

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's tourism chiefs at Visit Florida spend a lot of public money taking trips to exotic places to promote Florida as a top worldwide destination.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott, left, and Ken Lawson, the CEO of Visit Florida, back in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  3. Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott's disaster agency

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to reimburse Florida cities and counties for the cost of storm damage in a timely manner, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.

    Debris from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew piles up Oct. 8, 2016, in Vilano Beach in St. Johns County. Matthew hit the east coast of Florida more than a month after Hurricane Hermine and left a long trail of recovery costs unpaid by the state.
  4. Florida Senate's top Democrat resigns after admitting affair with lobbyist

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate's top Democratic leader, Jeff Clemens, resigned Friday after admitting to having an affair with a lobbyist during the last legislative session, saying that repairing his personal life was impossible in while serving in the high profile role.

    "Effective today, I am resigning from the Florida Senate," Jeff Clemens said in a statement Friday. "I have made mistakes I [am] ashamed of, and for the past six months I have been focused on becoming a better person."
  5. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

    State Roundup

    First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

    Okaloosa Youth Academy Gulf Coast Youth Services
  1. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  2. Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott's disaster agency

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to reimburse Florida cities and counties for the cost of storm damage in a timely manner, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.

    Debris from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew piles up Oct. 8, 2016, in Vilano Beach in St. Johns County. Matthew hit the east coast of Florida more than a month after Hurricane Hermine and left a long trail of recovery costs unpaid by the state.
  3. Florida Senate's top Democrat resigns after admitting affair with lobbyist

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate's top Democratic leader, Jeff Clemens, resigned Friday after admitting to having an affair with a lobbyist during the last legislative session, saying that repairing his personal life was impossible in while serving in the high profile role.

    "Effective today, I am resigning from the Florida Senate," Jeff Clemens said in a statement Friday. "I have made mistakes I [am] ashamed of, and for the past six months I have been focused on becoming a better person."
  4. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

    State Roundup

    First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

    Okaloosa Youth Academy Gulf Coast Youth Services
  5. A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where's our money?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott ordered counties to remove debris, reopen roads and restore normalcy as fast as possible.

    Flagler County in Northeast Florida experienced severe flooding after Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016. [Flagler County]
  1. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  2. Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott's disaster agency

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to reimburse Florida cities and counties for the cost of storm damage in a timely manner, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.

    Debris from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew piles up Oct. 8, 2016, in Vilano Beach in St. Johns County. Matthew hit the east coast of Florida more than a month after Hurricane Hermine and left a long trail of recovery costs unpaid by the state.
  3. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

    State Roundup

    First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

    Okaloosa Youth Academy Gulf Coast Youth Services
  1. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  2. Florida was 'ill-prepared for a major hurricane, audit warned

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state's Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.

    Two National Guardsmen carry the belongings of WWII veteran Anthony Gentuso as he and his famly arrive at the Germain Arena that is serving as a shelter from the approaching Hurricane Irma on September 9. A December audit questions whether Florida is prepared for a major hurricane. [MARK WILSON | Getty Images]
  3. Yes, Florida's pool of voters is shrinking. Here's why.

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Even as Florida attracts hundreds of new residents every day, the state's pool of active voters is actually shrinking.

    The voter roll expands in presidential election years, then shrinks.
  1. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  2. Florida was 'ill-prepared for a major hurricane, audit warned

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state's Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.

    Two National Guardsmen carry the belongings of WWII veteran Anthony Gentuso as he and his famly arrive at the Germain Arena that is serving as a shelter from the approaching Hurricane Irma on September 9. A December audit questions whether Florida is prepared for a major hurricane. [MARK WILSON | Getty Images]
  3. Yes, Florida's pool of voters is shrinking. Here's why.

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Even as Florida attracts hundreds of new residents every day, the state's pool of active voters is actually shrinking.

    The voter roll expands in presidential election years, then shrinks.
  1. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  2. Fight Club: Dark secrets of Florida juvenile justice

    State Roundup

    The boys had just returned to Module 9 of the Miami juvenile lockup from the dining hall when one of them hit Elord Revolte high and hard. More of the boys jumped in, punching and slamming him over and over, then pile-driving his 135-pound body.

    A Miami Herald investigation found that youths detained in state facilities have complained of staff turning them into hired mercenaries, offering honey buns and other rewards to rough up fellow detainees. It is a way for employees to exert control without risking their livelihoods by personally resorting to violence. Criminal charges are rare. [Miami Herald]
  3. Florida was 'ill-prepared for a major hurricane, audit warned

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state's Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.

    Two National Guardsmen carry the belongings of WWII veteran Anthony Gentuso as he and his famly arrive at the Germain Arena that is serving as a shelter from the approaching Hurricane Irma on September 9. A December audit questions whether Florida is prepared for a major hurricane. [MARK WILSON | Getty Images]