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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: WHERE'S THE LOVE?
DARA KAM |
Floridians may be excused for avoiding their mailboxes, refusing to answer knocks on their doors and turning off their televisions... Read the Roundup

THIRD-GRADE PROMOTION RULING SPELLS TROUBLE FOR STATE
BRANDON LARRABEE |
A Leon County judge Friday declined to immediately order that students in a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit be promoted from third to fourth grade, but her rejection of several state arguments could fuel a movement that seeks to allow children to "opt out" of a standardized test... Story

JUDGE RULES AGAINST GAMBLING REGULATORS ON CARD GAMES
DARA KAM |
Florida gambling overseers were wrong to do away with a rule governing controversial "designated player" card games at pari-mutuel facilities without replacing the regulations, an administrative law judge said Friday... Story

HUDSON, PASSIDOMO TANGLE IN BIG-MONEY BATTLE
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
Two Naples Republicans are locked in a costly primary battle to succeed state Sen. Garrett Richter, who has represented the Collier County area since 2008... Story

KAINE GOES AFTER TRUMP ON RACE ISSUES
BRANDON LARRABEE |
With polls showing Florida could once again be decided by a razor-thin margin in the presidential election, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine used a campaign stop Friday at Florida A&M University to lacerate Donald Trump for having support among white supremacists... Story

MIAMI SENATE PRIMARY TURNS INTO FREE-FOR-ALL
DARA KAM |
Bribery, links to a terrorist group and election hijinks are just some of the accusations candidates have hurled at each other in a bitter primary battle in Miami that may wind up costing Democrats a state Senate seat this fall... Story

EDUCATION GROUPS PLUNGE INTO CAMPAIGNS
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Advocates on various sides of the education debate in Florida have plunged into the 2016 elections, but those spending the most remain tight-lipped about where exactly their resources are going... Story

ADVANCES: WEEK OF AUGUST 28, 2016
STAFF |
It's decision time... Read the Advances


LAWYERS DISBARRED OVER 'SHOCKING' DUI SET-UP
JIM SAUNDERS |
Describing the misconduct as "essentially unprecedented," the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that two attorneys should be permanently disbarred for their roles in setting up the drunken-driving arrest of an opposing lawyer during a high-profile case... Story

SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST DOCTOR IN PATIENT SUICIDE
JIM SAUNDERS |
Nearly eight years after a Sarasota County woman committed suicide, the Florida Supreme Court said Thursday her husband can pursue a lawsuit against a physician about care provided before her death... Story

BACKROOM BRIEFING: SINS OF THE FATHER EMERGE IN PRIMARY BATTLE
JIM TURNER |
Paternal rap sheets have become an issue in an already-contentious state Senate primary in Palm Beach County... Read the Briefing


DEMOCRATS VIE FOR SHOT AT GARDINER'S SEAT
BRANDON LARRABEE |
The race to succeed Senate President Andy Gardiner --- a longtime Republican lawmaker from Orlando --- comes with an ironic twist: It could be one of the most-likely Democratic pick-ups this year... Story

LEGAL CHALLENGES MOUNT OVER NEW WATER STANDARDS
JIM SAUNDERS |
After the Seminole Tribe of Florida launched a legal challenge earlier in the month, the city of Miami and a paper-mill industry group also are taking aim at controversial new state water-quality standards... Story

CONTRACT EXTENSION REJECTED FOR FAMU PRESIDENT
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
The future of Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum remained in limbo Wednesday after the school's board of trustees narrowly rejected a one-year extension of her contract... Story

PUSH CONTINUES FOR FLORIDA LETHAL INJECTION DETAILS
DARA KAM |
Lawyers representing Arizona Death Row inmates aren't backing down from a battle with Florida corrections officials over the release of documents related to execution drugs, part of a drawn-out challenge to Arizona's lethal-injection process... Story


CENTRAL FLORIDA SENATE RACE TILTS TO THE RIGHT
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
Two state House members and a wealthy political novice are using a Republican primary in Florida Senate District 12 to test the limits of what it means to be a conservative... Story

BROWN FIGHTS LAWSON, PROSECUTORS IN ELECTION BID
BRANDON LARRABEE |
She has a way of leaning into a question --- literally and sometimes figuratively --- that can make a press conference with Congresswoman Corrine Brown resemble a form of combat... Story

COURT CLEARS CITY IN BLACK FIREFIGHTER HIRING CASE
JIM SAUNDERS |
In an issue that goes back decades, a federal appeals court said Tuesday that the city of Jacksonville should not be held in contempt for its handling of an agreement that required hiring more black firefighters... Story

LOCAL ZIKA CASE FOUND IN PINELLAS
JIM TURNER |
Florida health officials Tuesday reported the state's first locally transmitted case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus outside of Miami-Dade County... Story


JUDGE WEIGHS THIRD-GRADE POLICY AFTER CONTENTIOUS HEARING
BRANDON LARRABEE |
A state judge is weighing a decision that could shake Florida's education-accountability system following a marathon hearing Monday in Tallahassee... Story

FPL CHIEF DEFENDS $1.3B RATE REQUEST
JIM TURNER |
A request for $1.3 billion in base-rate hikes is "driven by investment and infrastructure" rather than profit as critics claim, the president of Florida Power & Light told regulators Monday during the opening of an expected two-week hearing on the proposal... Story


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FLORIDA PICKS UP 15 TRAVEL-RELATED ZIKA CASES

Fifteen new cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus were reported Friday in Florida, all tied to people who brought the disease into the state after getting infected elsewhere...

SENATE GOP LEADERS RAKE IN CASH FOR COMMITTEES

As this year's elections near, political committees tied to Senate Republican leaders piled up hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from Aug. 13 through Thursday...

JUSTICES TO DECIDE MAYORAL CANDIDATE CASE

The Florida Supreme Court will take up an appeal from a Miami Gardens mayoral candidate who was barred from Tuesday's ballot because a bank returned a qualifying-fee check...

MARTIN COUNTY CHALLENGES NEW WATER STANDARDS

Pointing to concerns about increased chemicals going into Lake Okeechobee and nearby waterways, Martin County has filed a legal challenge to controversial new state water-quality standards...

PUTNAM'S BROTHER, AN AGRICULTURE LEADER, DIES

Will Putnam, who managed his family's citrus and cattle business and was the older brother of state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, died Thursday morning after a long battle with a rare form of pituitary cancer, The Ledger newspaper of Lakeland reported...

POLL SHOWS TIGHT PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN FLORIDA

With the key battleground expected to be in the "I-4 corridor," Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump are locked in a tight battle in Florida, according to a poll released Friday...


ENROLLMENT CLIMBS FOR TAX-CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Almost 100,000 Florida students are now receiving education aid from the main organization offering voucher-like awards...

SCOTT PLANS D.C. TRIP TO URGE ZIKA FUNDING

Gov. Rick Scott will travel to Washington, D. C. in early September, when Congress returns from its summer recess, to seek funding to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus...

SCOTT, DETZNER: VOTE EARLY IF CONCERNED ABOUT WEATHER

Voters concerned about the threat of a tropical storm may want to take advantage of early voting for next week's primary elections, Gov. Rick Scott and the state's elections chief advised Thursday afternoon...

KAINE TO RAISE MONEY IN BROWARD

As part of a campaign swing through Tallahassee and South Florida, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine is expected to attend a fund-raising dinner Friday night in Broward County...

STATE MONITORS WEATHER AS ELECTION LOOMS

Everything remains as planned for Tuesday's primaries, but the state's top elections official said Thursday he's watching a disturbance in the Caribbean that could threaten Florida this weekend...

FLORIDA SENDING CREWS TO FIGHT WILDFIRES IN WASHINGTON

Twenty Florida firefighters are heading to Washington as part of continued efforts to help the western state battle ongoing blazes...

POLL: RUBIO, MURPHY HOLD BIG PRIMARY LEADS

Republican incumbent Marco Rubio and Democrat Patrick Murphy hold big leads going into Tuesday's primary elections in Florida's closely watched U. S. Senate race, according to a poll released Thursday...


TRAVEL-RELATED ZIKA CASES CONTINUE GROWING

As the state announced Wednesday that a locally transmitted case of the Zika virus had been detected in Palm Beach County, travel-related cases of the disease also continued a steady increase across the state...

KAINE TO APPEAR AT FAMU, SENIOR CENTER, BUSINESSES

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine will visit Florida A&M University and a South Florida senior center during a campaign trip Friday and Saturday, presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign announced Wednesday...

SCOTT COMMITTEE RAKES IN $130K IN WEEK

Gov. Rick Scott's "Let's Get to Work" political committee raised at least $130,000 last week, with money coming from a variety of industries, according to the committee's website...

LOCAL ZIKA CASE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

A new locally transmitted case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has been detected in Palm Beach County, Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday in an interview with Fox News...

COURT SIDES WITH TAMPA GENERAL IN MALPRACTICE CASE

An appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling that cleared Tampa General Hospital from potential liability in a medical-malpractice case stemming from the death of a patient during surgery...

STATE SERVICES ORDERED FOR MAN WITH SEVERE EPILEPSY

Rejecting the position of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, a South Florida appeals court Wednesday ordered that a man with a severe form of epilepsy receive home- and community-based services from the state...


U.S. SUGAR SHELLS OUT MORE THAN $400K IN CONTRIBUTIONS

United States Sugar Corp...

PUBLIX A BIG PLAYER AS ELECTIONS NEAR

With the primary and general elections nearing, Publix Super Markets has made more than $300,000 in state political contributions this month, according to newly filed finance reports...

GRANT GETS READY FOR 2018 RUN

State Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, is making plans to defend his House seat in 2018 after running unopposed this year...

CORCORAN OUTLINES HOUSE TRANSITION PLANS

The proposed structure of House committees for the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions will be outlined by the end of September, with a new leadership team announced no later than Nov. 9, a day after the general election, incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran advised members Tuesday...

CANDIDATE KEPT OFF BALLOT SEEKS QUICK SUPREME COURT ACTION

A South Florida mayoral candidate barred from the Aug. 30 ballot because a bank returned a qualifying check is asking the state Supreme Court to quickly take up an appeal in the case...

SUPREME COURT TURNS DOWN CHINESE DRYWALL CASE

The Florida Supreme Court has declined a couple's request to take up a dispute about whether a property insurer is required to cover damage related to Chinese drywall in a Tampa home...

FITZENHAGEN PLANS RE-ELECTION BID IN 2018

After getting re-elected this year without opposition, state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, has taken an initial step toward running again in 2018...

 
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