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  • Lesa France Kennedy talks NASCAR on WKMG

    Lesa France Kennedy talks NASCAR on WKMG
    This weekend in local public-affairs programming: Matt Austin takes "Flashpoint" to Daytona Beach to interview Lesa France Kennedy, granddaughter of Bill France Sr., founder of NASCAR. She is the CEO of International Speedway Corp. and vice...
  • Lawmakers must put teeth in no-texting law: Editorial

    With all the measures in which the Sunshine State nationally lags, we'd be guilty of a barefaced whopper if we feigned shock that Florida pulls up the rear in highway safety. Even so, it's appalling we were among the worst states in the yearly Advocates...
  • Jeff Ashton, Alan Grayson: Weekend guests

    Jeff Ashton, Alan Grayson: Weekend guests
    Here's the guest list for local public-affairs programs this weekend: Orange-Osecola State Attorney Jeff Ashton joins host Lisa Bell on "Flashpoint" at 8 a.m. Sunday on WKMG-Channel 6. Ashton discusses his new policies on domestic violence, his position...
  • Auto-insurance fraud no longer growing, report says

    Auto-insurance fraud no longer growing, report says
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater hopes lawmakers continue to show patience with a 2012 law designed to reduce fraud in the state's "no-fault" auto-insurance system. And he may get his wish, as legislators don't appear...
  • Lots of cooks in Amendment 1 conservation kitchen

    Lots of cooks in Amendment 1 conservation kitchen
    TALLAHASSEE – Florida environmentalists want lawmakers to steer $80 million a year into protecting Florida’s springs and $150 million into buying new environmentally threatened landscapes. But dividing $757.7 million next year between...
  • PIP insurance could continue to get green light

    PIP insurance could continue to get green light
    A report released from the state Office of Insurance Regulation indicates that the growth of fraud in personal-injury protection, or PIP, claims has been halted. Legislators appear unlikely to change a law designed to reduce fraud in the state's "no-...
  • A more seasoned Scott settles in for second term

    A more seasoned Scott settles in for second term
    TALLAHASSEE – When Gov. Rick Scott is sworn in for a second term Tuesday, he'll stick to his campaign-themed goals to continue cutting taxes and regulations and to compete for new companies for Florida. There will be no controversial pledges to...
  • Police behavior, plutocracy and Jesus: Letters

    Police behavior, plutocracy and Jesus: Letters
    Police-behavior training The priority of every police department must be to strive to ensure that the percentage of officers of color is proportional to the population of color in the community they police. Understanding the experiences of the local...
  • Senate may consider health coverage for low-income Floridians

    Senate may consider health coverage for low-income Floridians
    TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, left open the possibility Wednesday that his chamber will consider an expansion of health coverage for low-income Floridians. Gardiner described as "intriguing" a proposal that would...
  • New Central Florida leaders taking over Legislature

    New Central Florida leaders taking over Legislature
    TALLAHASSEE — For the second time in four years, Central Florida is once again taking hold of the gavel in the state Legislature. Although they took different paths to get there, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and Senate...
  • Conservation amendment faces future political fights

    Conservation amendment faces future political fights
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida voters delivered a message to politicians last week that the state's polluted natural places need an urgent salvage mission. At least that's how the Florida senators who pushed for water-quality reform last session are...