State News

REPORT LOOKS FOR WAYS TO UNTANGLE I-75 TRAFFIC

October 04, 2016 - 20:15

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 4, 2016.......... A state task force has recommended a series of changes to improve safety and relieve congestion on Interstate 75 between Tampa Bay and North Florida, but it stopped short of calling for a new toll road in the region.

The I-75 Relief Task Force, appointed last year by Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, looked at traffic improvements in Alachua, Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Marion and Sumter counties.

SCOTT, CABINET WEIGH $16 MILLION LAND BUY

October 04, 2016 - 15:46

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, October 3, 2016.......... Gov. Rick Scott and the current members of the Florida Cabinet could be poised to make their largest outright purchase of land for preservation.

The $16.1 million purchase of 11,027 acres southeast of Tallahassee, if approved, would also be the largest acquisition of its kind for the state in more than a decade.

SENATE BUDGET CHIEF BACKS SCOTT ON INCENTIVES

September 30, 2016 - 20:35

By JIM TURNER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 30, 2016.......... A fight involving the next state budget is already taking shape after Gov. Rick Scott called for lawmakers to provide economic-incentive money to help recruit businesses.

A day after incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran said he views incentives as "corporate welfare," incoming Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala said he intends to work for the governor's $85 million proposal if the money is available.

Death penalty on hold as court looks for answers

September 27, 2016 - 15:48

By DARA KAM
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 27, 2016 .......... Throughout this year, Florida's death penalty has been in a state of limbo.

Executions are on hold, judges across the state are postponing death penalty cases, and defense lawyers are seeking additional reviews in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in January that struck down Florida's death-penalty sentencing process.

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