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Artiles to Apologize on the Senate Floor for Racial Slur, Defamatory Remarks

Some lawmakers are calling for Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, to resign after he launched into an alcohol-fueled tirade Monday night in the bar of the members-only Governor's Club.

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Four Okeechobee Locks to Close When Lake Level Falls Below 12 Feet

Boaters navigating to and from Lake Okeechobee, pay special attention: The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will soon close four navigation locks on the north shore for safety reasons. 

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DuBose Files to Run for Democrats' 2020 Florida Speaker

Bobby B. DuBose, D-Fort Lauderdale, formally filed his intention Wednesday to run for speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, or party majority leader, for the 2020-2022 term.

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EAA Farmers' $100,000 Donation to Palm Beach College Will Help Train Mechanics

Palm Beach State College (PBSC) on Tuesday received a nearly $100,000 donation from Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) business partners. 
 

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FDP Calls Scott's 21 Capital-Case Reassignment 'Political Retribution'

Late in the day the Florida Democratic Party responded Monday to what it calls Gov. Rick Scott's "posturing," his announcement that he has reassigned 21 capital murder cases in Florida's 9th Judicial Circuit -- effectively removing State Attorney Aramis Ayala from applying her decision not to seek the death penalty at least while Scott remains governor.

The FDP's statement is as follows:

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West Palm Beach Attorney Michelle Suskauer Elected Florida Bar President

West Palm Beach attorney Michelle Suskauer has been chosen as president-elect designate of The Florida Bar.
 
Suskauer will be sworn in as president-elect at the Bar's annual convention in Boca Raton June 23, when current President-elect Michael J. Higer of Miami becomes president. Suskauer will begin her term as Bar president in June 2018.
 

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Cardinal Dolan Discusses Benefits of School Choice

In case you missed it, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York discussed the benefits of school choice with Neil Cavuto on the Fox Network, reflecting a column he wrote for the Wall Street Journal. Dolan makes the case that parental choice in education is a powerful tool for improving traditional public schools while also combating poverty by giving all children the best education for their needs.

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Adam Putnam: More Bad News on Florida Citrus

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement Thursday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2016-2017 season, which is down 4 percent from the February forecast:
 

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Meanwhile, the Hillary Clinton Email Case Is Still Alive and Well in Federal Court

Judicial Watch announced Thursday a hearing has been set for Tuesday, March 7 on Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails sent or received during her tenure from February 2009 to January 31, 2013. The FOIA request also includes all emails by other State Department employees to Clinton regarding her non-‘state.gov’ email address (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00687)).  The case is before Judge James E. Boasberg.
 

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Finally! Florida Courts System Launches Social Media

Not a decade too soon, Florida’s State Courts System is entering the social media age, admits Paul Flemming, the system's public information officer.
 

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