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  • UCF students protest higher tuition for 'excess' classes

    UCF students protest higher tuition for 'excess' classes
    Kevin Diatezua wasn't sure what he wanted to study when he transferred to the University of Central Florida. "I wanted to take a little taste of everything before I made a definite decision," said Diatezua, 24. "I was under the impression that college...
  • Florida's environmental Amendment 1 is popular — for good reason

    Florida's environmental Amendment 1 is popular — for good reason
    In this state, we don't agree on much. It's Gators vs. Noles. Republicans vs. Democrats. Guys who think it's OK to wear tank tops in restaurants vs. those of us who prefer our meals without a side order of hairy armpits. Still, we Floridians unite...
  • Primary decides nearly half of legislative seats

    Primary decides nearly half of legislative seats
    TALLAHASSEE — The winners of almost half of the 120 Florida House seats have already been decided — or are all but decided. After Tuesday's primary elections, 46 seats have been won, either by candidates running unopposed or by candidates...
  • FCAT reading exam trips up Chinese student

    FCAT reading exam trips up Chinese student
    Jiaqi Chu arrived in the United States four years ago from China, starting ninth grade as a 14-year-old whose only English was the memorized phrase, "Hi. How are you? I am good." He finished 12th grade in May with a 3.6 grade-point average, cum-laude...
  • House votes to open the door to law licenses for undocumented lawyers

    House votes to open the door to law licenses for undocumented lawyers
    TALLAHASSEE -- A Florida House deeply divided on ideological grounds voted Thursday to open the door to allow some illegal immigrants who have lived in the country long enough to obtain law licenses from the Florida Bar. House Speaker Will Weatherford,...
  • Lawmakers OK law licenses for undocumented immigrants, now up to Gov. Scott

    Lawmakers OK law licenses for undocumented immigrants, now up to Gov. Scott
    Compassion won out over rhetorical resistance when lawmakers in the final hours of the final day of the state’s annual legislative session agreed to allow some illegal immigrants to obtain law licenses from the Florida Bar. The matter now goes...
  • Gov. Rick Scott's office poring over budget 'turkeys'

    Gov. Rick Scott's office poring over budget 'turkeys'
    TALLAHASSEE – It was the biggest binge on hometown projects since the pre-Great Recession days. The Florida Legislature used its best financial outlook in nearly a decade this spring to sprinkle in more taxpayer-funded hometown projects –...
  • Senate adds sweetener to stadium bill for Orlando, Miami, Daytona projects

    Senate adds sweetener to stadium bill for Orlando, Miami, Daytona projects
    TALLAHASSEE -- A proposal to give tax subsidies annually to more professional sports stadiums got sweeter for Central Florida Thursday, as lawmakers added language allowing projects already underway to get ahead of the line for tax dollars. Both the...
  • Sports stadium package for MLS, Daytona nears House vote

    Sports stadium package for MLS, Daytona nears House vote
    TALLAHASSEE -- With time running out on Florida's lawmaking session, another professional sports tax-break package is headed for a photo finish. The Legislature is poised to pass a plan that could open the door for Orlando and Miami Major League...
  • Headlining Central Florida's legislative candidate list, Siplin says he can't 'leave the game'

    Headlining Central Florida's legislative candidate list, Siplin says he can't 'leave the game'
    TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida voters can expect to witness a handful of heated races for the state Legislature this year. But the outcomes aren’t likely to  place much of a dent in Republican control of the statehouse, even as the region...
  • Senate scales back major springs bill

    Senate scales back major springs bill
    TALLAHASSEE -- Mired in a spat between property owners, the business lobby and local governments, a Senate panel on Tuesday gutted a proposal once hailed as a major step to protect Florida's dying springs. In a series of amendments, the Senate...