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Some good news and bad news signal Florida state government is slowly returning to normal in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

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As he prepares to tour Florida’s college campuses, Tallahassee Mayor and gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum is renewing his call to remove a Civil War memorial from the Florida Capitol.

While extending an olive branch of sorts to Governor Rick Scott, House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he is determined to ax the state’s business recruitment arm, Enterprise Florida.

Sen. Joe Negron speaks to reporters about HB 819. He's urging Gov. Rick Scott not to veto the bill.
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Florida senate president Joe Negron said he’s not concerned Governor Rick Scott’s budget doesn’t include money for his proposed $2.4 billion reservoir in South Florida.

Lawmakers are vowing to strengthen public notice requirements for toxic spills after an administrative law judge struck down an emergency rule by Governor Rick Scott.

A chronological quirk could make the next governor the most powerful in history, says ACLU of Florida chief Howard Simon.

Florida Supreme Court Justice James Perry, only the fourth African American to serve on the state’s highest court, is retiring in December.

Governor Rick Scott is making short-term, interest-free loans available to small businesses impacted by Hurricane Hermine.

Pharmacy giant CVS says it will soon make the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone available at its Florida stores without a prescription.

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Donald Trump is the Republican party’s de facto nominee for president and that’s already leading people to ask who he might select as a running mate. Regan McCarthy reports one name that’s coming up on several lists is Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Office of Gov. Rick Scott

Governor Rick Scott is continuing his tradition of trying to lure business from Democratically led states. Scott is targeting California, but  it doesn’t look like he’s getting a warm welcome.

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Scott released a radio ad in advance of his trip. It claims a minimum wage increase in California will lead to 700-thousand lost jobs.

Fertilizer and septic tanks are possible contributors to a massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon, says a top regulator with the Department of Environmental Protection.

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Several of Florida’s state agencies are facing vacancies.  Veterans Affairs chief Mike Prendergast is stepping down to run for Citrus County Sheriff, the state is looking to replace Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarthy who is resigning in early May, and the search continues at the Florida Department of Revenue.

Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet agreed Tuesday to spend $4 million on a massive conservation easement in tiny Dixie County.

Florida Department of Veteran's Affairs

A key figure in Governor Rick Scott’s administration says he’s leaving state government to run for Citrus County Sheriff.

Enterprise Florida

Governor Rick Scott says more money is needed for the state’s business recruitment office. Scott says Enterprise Florida is down to $9 million, and that’s not enough to hold it through the end of the fiscal year.

Planned Parenthood Florida

Update: Planned Parenthood Florida Statement on AHCA Clinic Inspection Report from Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates Executive Director Laura Goodhue:

Facing a June 24 deadline, animal rights activists made a last-ditch effort Wednesday to convince Governor Rick Scott to halt the first bear hunting season in two decades. The appeal fell on deaf ears.

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Duking it out in the U.S. Supreme Court isn’t the best way to settle a water war between Florida, Alabama and Georgia, says a private group. As Jim Ash reports, ACF Stakeholders is pushing an exhaustive report filled with potential solutions.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says Medicaid and the Low Income Pool funds should be separated.
The Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott is going to Washington D.C. to lobby for the renewal of federal funds that reimburse hospitals for uncompensated care. But at the same time, he’s suing the federal government over the same program.

Narcon.com

Heroin and pain pill addicts could get a better shot at surviving overdoses. The Legislature signed off on the measure before the House shut down the session early over stalled budget negotiations.

Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott is planning a trade delegation to California.

Office of Attorney General

Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet have hired a prominent Florida law firm to defend them against allegations they secretly discussed firing former Florida Department of Law Enforcement head Gerald Bailey. The representation could cost taxpayers as much as 50 thousand dollars.

CFO Jeff Atwater lobbied to put off finalizing an annual review process until agency heads have a chance to come to the table.
The Florida Channel

The Florida Cabinet squared off again Tuesday on the issue of reviewing and replacing agency leaders.  Much of Governor Rick Scott’s plan was either thrown out or put off to a later date. 

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Mar 10, 2015

The Florida Cabinet squared off again Tuesday on the issue of reviewing and replacing agency leaders.  Nick Evans reports much of Governor Rick Scott’s plan was either thrown out or put off to a later date. 

Several Florida lawmakers insist a supplement called Kratom (CRAY-tim) should be classified as a schedule one drug. But Regan McCarthy reports others argue there’s not enough proof the drug is harmful and worry one more illegal substance could mean a whole bunch more people headed for jail.

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