State News

Tallahassee, FL – The announcement that State Senator Jim King has Pancreatic Cancer came over the weekend. And as Lynn Hatter reports, it has repercussions for the State University System.

Tallahassee – Despite a large budget shortfall this year Florida's higher education system managed to get more money. Lynn Hatter takes a look at how lawmakers managed to increase some of the funds.

Tallahassee, FL – This week is National Nursing Home Week, and Margie Menzel reports, in Florida nursing homes weathered a difficult legislative session and are not poised for growth and better care.

Tallahassee, FL – The South Florida Water Management District has approved a plan to purchase land from the U.S. Sugar Company. As Lynn Hatter reports, the move is a scaled-down version of a larger effort to restore the Everglades.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist signed two bulls Thursday, giving youth in foster care access to their records and an advocate to make educational decisions on their behalf. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee – A press release out of Congressman Alan Boyd's Office says Leon County Schools will receive 11 million dollars in federal funding under the stimulus bill. But Lynn Hatter reports, that news isn't nearly as stimulating as it sounds.

Tallahassee, FL – Just weeks away from the start of hurricane season, Florida's independent insurance agents and a leading consumer advocate are warning that the state's property insurance market is putting homeowners at serious financial risk. Gina Jordan reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist is being urged to veto a bill that its opponents say will promote urban sprawl and endanger Florida's environment. Lynn Hatter reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Charlie Crist says he will run for the U.S. Senate instead of reelection next year. James Call reports, Crist instantly becomes the front runner in the Senate race.

Tallahassee, FL – Three months after President Obama signed the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, federal dollars are streaming into local agencies to help stimulate the economy and provide services to job seekers and employers. Gina Jordan has more on efforts in the tri-county area to get the best bang for those dollars.

Tallahassee, FL – A freshman member of the Florida House predicts next year's budget is going to cause a lot of pain. Tallahassee representative Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda says the GOP leadership at the state House needs to open its mind to overhauling Florida tax structure.

Tallahassee, FL – In offices,conference rooms and at their desktops people are picking winners and losers in this year's state budget. Smokers will pay more for cigarettes, it will cost more to register a motor vehicle, and school boards will have an extra 15 cents a day for each student. James Call reports, a group of advocates say a bigger loser in this year's Session was tax reform.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House and Senate have agreed on a bottom line number for community colleges and as Lynn Hatter reports, they are inching closer to agreements on how to spend that money.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's Board of Governor's says its please with the concession being made in the legislature. As Lynn Hatter reports, the state university system Chancellor says all would be great if there was more funding to go around.

Tallahassee, FL – Florida's Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink, called on the House Thursday to pass a bill removing barriers to enroll in KidCare, the state health insurance program from low-income children. Bu the chambers disagree over its fiscal impact. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Senate took up a bill that will affect state workers and their retirement. Gina Jordan tells us there was much debate and some confusion over the proposed legislation.

Tallahassee, FL – It's deal making time at the state capitol. Conference committees are in final negotiations on a state budget. James Call reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Senate spend a good deal of time discussing a cap on attorney's fee dealing with the state...eventually approving the cap. Trimmel Gomes reports.

Tallahassee, FL – Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon announced Wednesday that he is convening a work group to investigate the death of 7 year old Gabriel Myers, who apparently hanged himself in the shower of his foster parents' Margate home two weeks ago. Margie Menzel reports.

Tallahassee, FL – The House was cranking through a long list of bills involving construction projects, drivers licenses and corporate income taxes. Gina Jordan gives us a look at the most hotly debated issues.

Tallahassee, FL – Legislative committee and council chairs began budget work in earnest. As they began the process of reconciling House and Senate Budget versions, the bottom-line difference between the two spending plans was already shrinking. Lynn Hatter brings us up to date.

Truck fees

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House of Representatives includes fee increases in its budget that would devastate the trucking industry, say business leaders, but the chamber's transportation chief says it may not come to that. Margie Menzel reports.

Broke Schools

Tallahassee, FL – For months, a rural North Florida school district had been teetering on the brink of insolvency. Now, Jefferson County finds itself without enough money to operate its schools and the Florida Department of Education is stepping in to run the district. We get the latest from Lynn Hatter.

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House of Representatives includes fee increases in its budget that would devastate the trucking industry, say business leaders, but the chamber's transportation chief says it may not come to that. Margie Menzel reports.