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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.

Justices clear hunter on muzzleloader charge

September 23, 2016 - 07:59

By JIM SAUNDERS
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 22, 2016.......... Christopher Weeks donned camouflage and an orange vest and went hunting in February 2012 with a muzzleloader rifle that had been a Christmas gift from his wife.

Then the problems started: A state wildlife officer saw Weeks' pickup truck parked along a road in the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area in Santa Rosa County. And it turned out that Weeks had been convicted of a felony in the past, which led the officer to charge him with violating a law that bars convicted felons from possessing guns.

Plan would extend Bright Futures into Summer

September 20, 2016 - 19:30

By LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 20, 2016.......... The state university system's Board of Governors this week will debate expanding the Bright Futures scholarship program to cover summer classes.

The proposal, which could cost up to $46.7 million, is a top priority for Gov. Rick Scott, who sees broader use of the merit scholarship program as a way to help students graduate in four years from state universities.

Sculpture of Confederate General to be removed from Statuary Hall in D.C.

May 31, 2016 - 12:01

The bronze sculpture of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith by artist C. Adrian Pillars, will be removed from National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The State of Florida gave the sculpture to Statuary Hall in 1922. A statue of the inventor of air conditioning, Dr. John Gorrie, will remain in Statuary Hall. Each state displays two statues within the Hall's collection.

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