| Nov 7, 2014
| 8:21 PM
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...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 9:48 AM
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...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 12:10 PM
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...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 10:26 AM
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...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 11:18 AM
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...
| May 1, 2014
| 8:26 AM
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,...
| May 2, 2014
| 2:51 PM
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...
| May 24, 2014
| 8:52 AM
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 –...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 10:38 AM
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.
| Apr 24, 2014
| 1:21 PM
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...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 9:59 AM
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...