| Jan 20, 2015
| 8:11 AM
Eighteen traditional middle and high schools -- three in each of six Florida school districts -- would get "fiscal and administrative autonomy" similar to that granted charter schools under a bill filed today in the Florida House.
The bill (HB 357)...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 1:40 PM
Our state's patients are at risk as Florida's safety-net hospitals and other health care providers face a "perfect storm" of state and federal cuts. A loss of $2 billion per year is predicted to Florida's health care providers for the poor.
| Jan 20, 2015
| 2:26 PM
Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday proposed a $470 million cut to a state tax that consumers pay on cellphones, land lines and TV services.
The Governor's Office said a family spending $100 a month on cellphones and cable or satellite TV would save about $43...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 11:11 AM
Gov. Rick Scott proposed $100 million for charter school construction projects next year -- $25 million more than earmarked this year -- while visiting a charter school in Miami today. The visit was part of the governor's tour touting his proposed...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 7:34 AM
Senator Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, said today she will try again in the coming year to make sure Florida students don't leave high school without taking a money management class. Hukill pushed unsuccessfully this year to make a semester-long financial...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 3:41 PM
Florida State University has a new president. State Sen. John Thrasher, a powerful Republican lawmaker and big-time FSU alum, has been selected to lead the university and help vault it into the nation's top tier.
The former House speaker and chair of...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 2:42 PM
The parents of FAMU drum major Robert Champion have settled the wrongful-death lawsuit against the company that owned the bus on which their son was beaten during a band hazing in Orlando before he was pronounced dead.
The confidential pact, however, has...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 12:16 PM
Lake County has spent the past few months trying to help residents get ready for the new curbside collection service that was launched on Oct. 6, and which introduced recycling to residents of unincorporated areas outside the cities.
Now Lake County&...
| Oct 22, 2014
Two city governments in Lake County backed away from bad ideas last week — but not until citizens filed lawsuits and were forced to push the issues to absurd lengths.
Mascotte was the worst. City officials were peeved at former police Sgt. David...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 4:05 PM
U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, with 34 years of experience as a lawmaker representing Central Florida, faces Democratic newcomer and former Navy serviceman Michael McKenna, who thinks Washington needs fresh energy, especially for military matters.
| Oct 19, 2014
| 2:47 PM
Florida voters have three far-reaching constitutional amendments to consider on the Nov. 4 ballot this year.
One would earmark billions of dollars for land and water conservation. Another would decide which governor would appoint replacements for...