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Governor Rick Scott was sworn in for his second term Tuesday on the old steps of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee. After the swearing in of the Cabinet members and his Lieutenant Governor, Governor Scott took his oath of office for the second time.

Throughout his Inaugural address, Scott touched on education and the environment. But, at the center of his speech was the cornerstone of both of his gubernatorial campaigns: jobs.

Governor Rick Scott’s tightly scripted inaugural ceremony began with a heavy dose of scripture on Tuesday.

Scott was serenaded by church choirs and prayed for by clergy from across the state at an early morning prayer breakfast at Florida A&M University.

Pam Olsen, pastor of the International House of Prayer of Tallahassee, urged the public to ask that Scott receive divine guidance.

Olsen has never been shy about her beliefs. She and her supporters erected a nativity scene this year at the Florida Capitol.

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Jan 6, 2015
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Ceremonies are underway for the second term of Governor Rick Scott.

This morning hundreds of people attended a prayer breakfast for the state's top executive at Florida A&M University. Roads surrounding the capitol building have been blocked off and the Historic Capitol building has been decorated in advance of Scott's arrival.

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As a blanket of cold air moved in Monday, Tallahassee prepared for the pomp of another inaugural ceremony.

The swearing in of 62-year-old Gov. Rick Scott will make him only the second Republican to serve two terms since 1968.

Scott is expected to touch on familiar themes in his inaugural address, including increasing school funding, cutting taxes and expanding the job market.

Scott’s office released snippets of his remarks earlier in the day. He will taunt rival New York state, which recently surrendered its status as the nation’s third largest to Florida.

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A day after the applicant process was narrowed down, Governor Rick Scott has now chosen a new person to lead the Florida Department of Transportation.

Earlier this month, Ananth Prasad said he’d be leaving the job of FDOT Secretary. Ronald Howse, who leads the nine-member panel tasked with suggesting a successor to the Governor, says Prasad leaves big shoes to fill.

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Governor Rick Scott has made another interim agency head permanent, after officially naming Christy Daly head of the Florida’s juvenile justice system Thursday.

Daly is no stranger to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She’s worked as a deputy Secretary under her predecessor, Wansley Walters, who stepped down in June.

She’s also been the chief of staff and legislative director for DJJ.

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Among Governor Rick Scott’s agency head reappointments is the chief of the state’s Health Department.

The Governor has tapped Dr. John Armstrong again as Florida’s Surgeon General and the Florida Department of Health’s Secretary.

Armstrong has been in the post since 2012. His predecessor, Dr. Frank Farmer, stepped down after about a year on the job, citing taking care of his wife who has breast cancer.

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Governor Rick Scott has chosen a new permanent leader for the Florida Department of Corrections. And, some are calling Scott’s fourth pick for prison chief “a good fit.”

On Wednesday, Scott announced Julie Jones, the former head of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, will lead the state’s troubled prison system.

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Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of more agency heads Tuesday.

Following Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Scott spoke to reporters about the appointments—most of them returning from around the time Scott first took office.

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A federal appeals court has thrown out a 2011 law requiring the drug testing of Florida welfare recipients. Governor Rick Scott has backed efforts to reinstate the mandate, despite multiple courts ruling against him.

Maria Kayanan represents the American Civil Liberties Union, who brought the original suit on behalf of a Navy vet and welfare applicant who refused to submit to a drug test. While she’s pleased with the ruling, she says she’s not surprised.

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Governor Rick Scott kicked off his “Jobs Jamboree” tour in Miami Monday, in lieu of traditional inaugural events.

Instead of an inaugural ball or parade, Scott decided to hold a series of informal barbecues and prayer breakfasts across the state, and he launched the tour Monday—also his 62nd birthday. In a video posted by the Florida GOP, Scott talks, of course, about jobs—a premiere point in his campaign.

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Bringing stability and consistency to the troubled Florida Department of Corrections is at the forefront of several lawmakers’ and prison reform stakeholders’ minds as the 2015 legislative session draws near. And, the discussion may start at the top.

That’s especially after Governor Rick Scott still has to name a permanent head to lead the troubled agency—after Scott’s third Florida Department of Corrections’ Secretary recently resigned.

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Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews is stepping down at the end of this month and Governor Rick Scott named his interim replacement Monday afternoon. Crews is the first of Scott’s agency heads to resign since his re-election earlier this month.

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The Associated Press is reporting the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University Thursday before he was killed may have been a lawyer who graduated from the school.

As the investigation continues, Governor Rick Scott says he expects many unanswered questions will be answered. For now, Scott asked the nation to “Pray for FSU.”

“I can’t imagine the concern that parents have right now all across our nation that have a student here at FSU,” said Scott, at a press conference Thursday.

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A North Florida man is scheduled to die Thursday for the murders of his wife and stepdaughter more than 20 years ago.

At around 6 p.m., Chadwick Banks is expected to be executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke.

The 43-year-old is convicted of first killing his wife as well as then raping and murdering his 10-year-old stepdaughter in 1992 in their Gadsden County home.

Last week, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously rejected his appeal and denied Banks’ stay of execution request.

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Florida’s Cabinet will look exactly the same as it did when they were elected in 2010. In this election recap, we'll look at their respective races, including the Attorney General’s race.

By a one percent edge, Governor Rick Scott claimed victory over Democrat challenger Charlie Crist. But, for the rest of the Florida Cabinet, they coasted to victory by double-digit percentages.

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While more men tend to favor Governor Rick Scott more, the final Quinnipiac poll of the Florida Governor’s race suggests by a double-digit margin, more women favor Democrat challenger Charlie Crist over the Republican incumbent. But, in the last part of our two-part series, we’ll find out of top Democrat women actually feel the same way about the Republican-turned-Democrat.

“Please join me in welcoming the candidate, the man who will win the Democratic ticket to victory in November, Governor Charlie Crist,” said Nan Rich, introducing Crist at a rally.

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A recent Quinnipiac poll suggests by a slim margin, Florida women favor Democrat challenger Charlie Crist over Republican Governor Rick Scott. In the first part of a two-part series, we’ll find out what top GOP women actually think of their gubernatorial candidate: Rick Scott.

To First Lady Ann Scott, her husband is a very hard worker who cares a lot about people, including Floridians. She says both of them—high school sweethearts—didn’t have a lot in the beginning.

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Governor Rick Scott and Democratic Challenger Charlie Crist are neck-in-neck in the polls. The race is so tight some are suggesting Libertarian Adrian Wyllie could be the deciding factor in who gets the Governors Mansion.

With only days left until voters decide who will be the next Governor of Florida Scott and Crist are in a tight race. The latest poll by the Quinnipiac Polling Institute shows the race is tied for the current and former governor.  Peter Brown, assistant director of the polling institute, says every single vote counts.

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Florida’s gubernatorial race is locked in a dead heat, and two candidates are now placing an emphasis on voting early ahead of the November 4th general election.

Republican Governor Rick Scott joined by his wife, daughter, and grandsons kicked off his two-week early voting tour Thursday, after casting ballots early in Naples.

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How prepared is Florida to deal with cases of Ebola if the disease appears in the state? As of Tuesday, less than a third of Florida hospitals have completed Ebola preparedness training—according to the state’s emergency response team.

But, Governor Rick Scott says if a patient tested positive in Florida today, he’s pretty confident hospital workers could properly take care of that person.

Governor Rick Scott and Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger Charlie Crist clashed Wednesday evening during the second of three debates ahead of the November 4th election.  The candidates agreed on very little, and took jabs at one another--including a brief spat over a fan.

The debate got off to an awkward start when former Governor Charlie Crist took the stage—and Governor Rick Scott did not. Eliot Rodriguez, CBS4 anchor and debate host, tried to explain:

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Florida’s gubernatorial race is expected to be a tight one, and there’s been a lot of ads flying back and forth between the candidates trying to tip the balance ahead of the November 4th election. A controversial online ad unveiled earlier this month has the state chairs of the Republican and Democratic Parties weighing in. And, it’s also gotten the attention of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report."

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Florida’s prison system has been in the news a lot lately, between suspicious prison deaths, allegations of inmate abuse, and new reforms meant to address such abuses. But, some say the reforms are not enough and a change in leadership should be in store.

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Florida’s first Lieutenant Governor under Governor Rick Scott says she wants to set the record straight about certain things that occurred during her time with the Scott administration. It’s all part of Jennifer Carroll’s autobiography—released last month—that she’s now promoting across the state.

In Carroll’s book, “When You Get There,” the Trinidadian native writes about different parts of her life.

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