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MOSQUITO-BORNE ZIKA CASES CONFIRMED IN FLORIDA
JIM SAUNDERS |
Florida's worries about the Zika virus have turned into reality... Story

CLINTON CAMP STRIVES FOR UNITY AS CONVENTION ENDS
BRANDON LARRABEE |
After two fractious weeks in Cleveland and Philadelphia, the final night of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday strove for unity that has eluded both parties, calling on preachers, immigrants and others to vouch for Hillary Clinton and to level withering criticism at Donald Trump... Story


BACKROOM BRIEFING: TOUGH TIMES FOR GRAYSON
JIM TURNER AND JIM SAUNDERS |
It has been a rough week for Congressman Alan Grayson in his bid for the U. S. Senate... Read the Briefing

LOCAL REGULATIONS 'MIXED BAG' FOR POT DISPENSARIES
DARA KAM |
As pot shops start to sprout in Florida, cities are struggling with how --- or whether --- to regulate the state's new marijuana industry... Story

DEMOCRATS LOOK TO TIE TRUMP TO SCOTT
BRANDON LARRABEE |
In recent days, Gov. Rick Scott has taken to comparing his upstart bid for the governor's office to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's attempt to win Florida's 29 electoral votes... Story

LOBBYIST FILE - DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, JULY 28, 2016
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
LISA AARON has registered to lobby for DLT Solutions, LLC... Story


FLORIDA STILL KEY IN HUNT FOR 270
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Ever since NBC's Tim Russert wrote "Florida Florida Florida" on a whiteboard during the tumultuous 2000 presidential election, the state has emerged as one of the most significant battlegrounds in the race for 270 electoral votes --- at least in popular imagination... Story

RICHARDSON DETAILS TALKS WITH SCOTT AFTER SHOOTINGS
ANDY METZGER |
In the days after 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Gov. Rick Scott privately expressed some support for gay rights to the state's only openly gay state lawmaker, the Miami Beach House member told a gathering in Philadelphia on Wednesday... Story

DEBATE EMERGES ON CARVING UP 'DOCS V. GLOCKS' LAW
JIM SAUNDERS |
As a federal appeals court ponders the constitutionality of Florida's "docs v... Story

COURT BACKS CITY IN RED-LIGHT CAMERA FIGHT
JIM SAUNDERS |
Urging the state Supreme Court to take up the controversial issue, an appeals court Wednesday rejected a motorist's arguments that a South Florida city had given too much authority to a company that operates red-light traffic camera programs... Story

JOCKEYING FOR 2018 BEGINS IN PHILADELPHIA
BRANDON LARRABEE |
The immediate focus of Florida delegates to the Democratic National Convention might be winning the presidential election in 2016, but discussion of statewide elections in two years is already in the air... Story


MOTHERS SHARE PAIN AT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Two Florida mothers who lost sons to gunfire in high-profile incidents tapped their pain Tuesday to tell the Democratic National Convention why they support Hillary Clinton's campaign for president... Story

STATE PANEL BACKS CONTROVERSIAL WATER STANDARDS
JIM TURNER |
A state regulatory panel Tuesday narrowly approved the first changes to Florida's surface-water quality standards in nearly a quarter-century, despite objections from environmentalists who argued the new criteria potentially create more health hazards... Story



SANDERS VISITS AS FLORIDA DEMOCRATS LOOK TO CLOSE RANKS

BRANDON LARRABEE |
With Florida set to play a pivotal role in the November elections, U. S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to a breakfast for the state's delegation to the Democratic National Convention and made a pitch for party unity... Story

SANDERS LAUDS CLINTON AS CONVENTION OPENS
BRANDON LARRABEE |
After last week's raucous and divisive Republican National Convention, Democrats opened their convention Monday looking to present a striking contrast in unity as they prepare to nominate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president... Story


STATE, SEMINOLES SPAR OVER CARD GAMES
DARA KAM |
Nearly a year after the expiration of a high-stakes gambling agreement, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and state regulators made pitches last week in a federal lawsuit over the tribe's right to operate "banked" card games, such as blackjack... Story

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ FACES HARSH RECEPTION AT CONVENTION
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Four years after the Democratic National Convention marked a highlight of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's career, the 2016 gathering has already proved to be a low point, with the Florida congresswoman stepping down as party chairwoman, getting booed in front of her home-state delegation and being pushed off the convention stage entirely... Story

CONGRESSIONAL RACE INCLUDES FAMILIAR NAMES
JIM TURNER |
A marriage in late May in Melbourne Beach reshuffled a Democratic primary for a Central Florida congressional seat being vacated by one of the party's most progressive provocateurs... Story


WASSERMAN SCHULTZ STEPPING DOWN AS PARTY LEADER
JIM SAUNDERS |
After months of controversy about her role in the party's presidential primaries, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she will step down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee... Story


CLINTON PUNCHES BACK AS FLORIDA SHOWDOWN LOOMS
DARA KAM |
Punctuating the significance of battleground Florida's role in the 2016 presidential election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton delivered what was essentially a rebuttal to the Republican National Convention before an enthusiastic crowd Friday in Tampa... Story


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FDA ASKS SOUTH FLORIDA BLOOD BANKS TO HALT COLLECTIONS

Pointing to concerns about transmission of the Zika virus, the federal Food and Drug Administration on Thursday requested that blood banks in Miami-Dade and Broward counties temporarily halt collecting blood until safeguards are put in place...

APPEAL DROPPED IN DEATH OF ESCAPED PATIENT

The estate of a woman who was killed on Interstate 75 after escaping from a psychiatric hospital is dismissing an appeal in a lawsuit against Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics, according to a notice filed Thursday in the Florida Supreme Court...

COURT SIDES WITH SCHOOL IN PROM BREATHALYZER DISPUTE

A federal appeals court Thursday rejected arguments that the constitutional rights of students had been violated in a case stemming from breathalyzer tests at a Martin County high-school prom...

EIGHT CANDIDATES TO BE INTERVIEWED FOR PSC POST

A state panel plans to interview eight candidates next month for a spot on the Florida Public Service Commission...

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE NEARS

Florida residents face a Monday deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 30 primary elections...

JOURNALIST DUNKELBERGER JOINS NEWS SERVICE

Veteran Tallahassee journalist Lloyd Dunkelberger will join the staff of The News Service of Florida next week...


STATE SAYS TWO MORE ZIKA CASES MIGHT NOT BE TRAVEL-RELATED

Florida health officials said Wednesday they are investigating two additional Zika cases that might not be linked to travel outside the state...

SCOTT TO LEAD PRO-TRUMP SUPER PAC

Florida Gov. Rick Scott will serve as national chairman of a super PAC backing Republican Donald Trump's presidential campaign...

BATTLE OVER WRITE-IN CANDIDATE GOES TO SUPREME COURT

A group of voters is asking the Florida Supreme Court to take up a challenge to a write-in candidate in the race for state attorney in the Jacksonville area...

APPEALS COURT REJECTS FAST-TRACKING EDUCATION CASE

An appeals court has turned down a request to quickly send to the Florida Supreme Court a high-profile lawsuit about whether the state is providing an adequate public-education system...

APPEALS COURT BLOCKS SUIT OVER INJURY AT TRIBAL CASINO

In a case that involved arguments about a gambling deal with the state, an appeals court Wednesday shielded the Seminole Tribe of Florida from liability for injuries suffered by a woman at a tribal casino...

FPL EARNINGS FLAT IN SECOND QUARTER

Florida Power & Light's second-quarter net income was virtually flat, as the utility continued moving forward with power-plant projects but also was dealt a setback by the state Supreme Court, according to an earnings report released Wednesday by FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc. FPL had net income of $448 million, or 96 cents a share, from April 1 to June 30, compared to $435 million, of 97 cents a share, during the same period in 2015...


FIU LOSES APPEAL IN TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT CASE

A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed by Florida International University against the for-profit Florida National University...

TRUMP TO SPEAK WEDNESDAY IN MIAMI-DADE

Amid the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will speak Wednesday in South Florida...

FIRST MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY OPENS IN FLORIDA

Florida first legal medical-marijuana dispensary formally opened Tuesday in a Tallahassee storefront, a week after the company known as Trulieve received state approval to begin selling a type of non-euphoric cannabis...

SCOTT, CABINET TO TAKE UP VETERANS' APPOINTMENT

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet next week will consider the appointment of an executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, a job that has drawn more than 300 applicants...

GRAYSON, MURPHY AGREE TO TV DEBATE

Democratic U. S. Senate candidates Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson have agreed to appear in a televised debate before the Aug. 30 primary election...

PAYROLL FIRM TO ADD 1,6OO JOBS IN ORANGE COUNTY

The payroll and human-resources firm ADP will add 1,600 new jobs in Orange County, with 500 positions created within the next six months, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday...


GROUPS OBJECT TO PAYING LEGAL COSTS IN EDUCATION BATTLE

Plaintiffs in a long-running court fight about Florida's education system are objecting to an attempt by the state to force them to pay more than $378,000 in legal costs...

HIALEAH DECISION SPURS CHALLEGE FROM QUARTER-HORSE GROUP

A dispute involving the representation of quarter-horse owners and trainers at Miami-Dade County's Hialeah Park has led to a legal challenge against state gambling regulators...

DEMOCRATS WANT STATE PANEL TO REJECT WATER STANDARDS PLAN

Florida congressional Democrats say proposed changes going before a state commission will hurt the quality of the state's waterways...

FAMILY TRUST KICKS IN $800K TO FIGHT POT AMENDMENT

Preparing to again try to defeat a medical-marijuana ballot initiative, the Drug Free Florida Committee received an $800,000 contribution this month from the Carol Jenkins Barnett Family Trust, a newly filed financial disclosure shows...

LATVALA COMMITTEE TOPS $292K IN WEEK

A political committee tied to incoming Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, raised $292,500 from July 9 to July 15, as money continued to pour into groups affiliated with legislative leaders, newly filed finance reports show...

SCOTT CHANGES SCHEDULE AFTER FORT MYERS SHOOTING

Gov. Rick Scott canceled a scheduled appearance Monday in Fort Lauderdale to meet with law enforcement in Fort Myers after a deadly shooting in the parking lot of a nightclub...


HEALTH OFFICIALS CONTINUE PROBING ZIKA CASES

Health officials Friday continued investigating two South Florida Zika cases that might not be linked to travel to other countries...

MORE THAN 2 MILLION BALLOTS ALREADY OUT FOR PRIMARY

More than 2 million ballots have been sent out to voters for the Aug. 30 primaries, according to the state Division of Elections website...

 
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