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Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) chairs the Senate Banking and Insurance committee.
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Florida senators are again tackling assignment of benefits.  The insurance provision has been a thorn in lawmakers’ sides for nearly five years.

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After spiking last year, worker’s compensation rates in Florida are set to decline.  But some labor organizations contend the decrease doesn’t go far enough.

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Florida roofers want state insurance regulators to crack down on companies that use a person’s immigration to status to avoid paying workers compensation claims.

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The Florida Cabinet commemorated Disability Employment Awareness Month at its Tuesday meeting.

Rev. James T. Golden speaking at Florida's Capitol building.
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A handful of faith leaders wants the Constitution Revision Commission to place new restrictions on payday lenders.  The ministers want drastic reductions in the costs for borrowers.

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Hurricane Irma forced hundreds of thousands of Floridians from their homes, including residents at military bases. Key West and Jacksonville saw some of the worst effects of the storm, and are also home to major military installations. But now the bases are returning to normal.

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Hurricane Harvey won’t send heavy rains and winds to Florida, but it will likely push gas prices higher. 

Rep. Alexander and Sen. Montford (3rd and 4th from right) with local officials.
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Four counties in North Florida are forming what’s known as a freight logistics zone to improve the region’s chances for state infrastructure dollars.  Officials believe it’s an important step toward growing jobs. 

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Florida has added more than 1.4 million jobs since Governor Rick Scott took office.  But Scott’s 700,000 jobs in seven years campaign promise is looking doubtful.

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Florida’s insurance regulator is readying another push for assignment of benefits reform in next year’s legislative session.  Similar measures have failed since 2013.

Rep. Alexander and Sen. Montford (3rd and 4th from right) with local officials.
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Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty and Franklin Counties are teaming up to improve regional infrastructure.  The partnership connects the Gulf of Mexico to Interstate 10.

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The online food delivery service UberEATS is coming to Tallahassee Thursday. That’s a spin off from the popular ride-sharing company. Beginning at 11 am, customers will be able to summon meals from local restaurants at the touch of a button. 

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Tallahassee is getting ready to close one of Florida’s two hydroelectric plants.  The city’s utility is planning a switch to solar.

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After months in plateau, the Florida unemployment rate is sliding downward.

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier.
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Florida’s insurance officials are considering moves to rein in assignments after the Legislature again failed to take action.  The procedure allows service providers to work directly with an insurer, but some say they’re taking advantage of the system.

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Despite experts’ skepticism of investing in business parks, Tallahassee builders continue to fund these types of projects.

Street Chefs Owner Rebecca Kelly Manders launches job training program for ex-convicts.
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A local restaurateur is launching a new culinary training program for ex-convicts. Street Chefs owner and ReFire Training founder Rebecca Kelly-Manders wants to help felons who have served their time step into the culinary sector—filling what she says is a talent gap in the Tallahassee restaurant industry.

Barrel Room at the St. Augustine Distillery
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This week could mark the beginning of the end for a long-running restriction on liquor sales.  Florida Governor Rick Scott has until Wednesday to take action on a measure allowing stores to sell groceries and liquor under the same roof.

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Florida ranks among the top four states for high-tech employment, cutting edge technology and innovation, according to the Tallahassee Technology Alliance, and its TechExpo is one way they are making sure that ranking continues.