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  • 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...
  • 300 elementary schools in Florida have to add an hour to school day for reading lessons

    300 elementary schools in Florida have to add an hour to school day for reading lessons
    Three hundred elementary schools -- and likely at least a handful in Central Florida -- will have to add an hour to their day next year, using the time for extra reading instruction, under the budget the Florida Legislature just approved. For the past two...
  • 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...
  • Consumer advocates, biz duel pre insurance vote

    Consumer advocates, biz duel pre insurance vote
    TALLAHASSEE -- On the eve of a Senate vote to dramatically overhaul Citizens' Property Insurance by letting rates go up and trying to shift more policies to the private market, consumer advocate came out against the bill essentially saying the bad...
  • Senate advances cyber-bullying bill inspired by Polk suicide

    Senate advances cyber-bullying bill inspired by Polk suicide
    TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s anti-bullying law could be extended beyond the boundaries of schools to online forums under a proposal sparked by a Polk County cyber-bullying case that drew a national media spotlight. Florida already requires public...
  • Senate committee approves 'Stand Your Ground' fixes

    Senate committee approves 'Stand Your Ground' fixes
    TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers advanced changes to Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law Tuesday in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial and a summer of protests after his acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But gun-rights groups...
  • Could a PIP special session be in the works?

    TALLAHASSEE -- Could a special session on no-fault auto insurance be in the works? Maybe. Senate Banking and Insurance Chairman David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, told the Sun-Sentinel that should an appeals court strike down reforms the state made...
  • Sick-leave fight cranks up again

    Sick-leave fight cranks up again
    TALLAHASSEE -- The year-long fight over imposing earned-sick leave requirements on businesses in Orange County is cranking back up. The Florida Legislature passed a sick-leave bill last spring which blocks local governments from enacting sick-leave...
  • Scott seeks $55 millon boost for Florida springs

    Scott seeks $55 millon boost for Florida springs
    TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he plans to push lawmakers to budget $55 million for restoration of the Sunshine State's pollution-choked natural springs. The announcement comes as lawmakers gear up to battle over potentially massive springs...
  • Weatherford: No big water policy this year

    Weatherford: No big water policy this year
     TALLAHASSEE -- House Speaker Will Weatherford said Thursday there won't be any big water policies adopted this year, punting the potentially tough political confrontation with polluters until two Central Florida lawmakers are running the Legislature next...
  • As healthcare law rolls out, its effects will depend on your state

    WASHINGTON — Colorado residents shopping for health insurance next year will be able to compare health plans using a star system that ranks insurance companies on quality. In Oregon and Maryland, consumers will save as much as 30% on some plans...