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PSC to Consider Nuke Costs for Customers

August 4, 2011 - 6:00pm

State regulators next week will plunge back into questions about expanding nuclear power in Florida -- and consider the down payment that residents and businesses will have to make in 2012.

Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy Florida are seeking to pass along about $335 million in nuclear costs to customers next year. While a large chunk of the money would go toward upgrading already-existing nuclear plants, customers also would cover expenses for new plants that are not slated to start operating for at least another decade.

Florida Gets Extension on Medicaid Pilot

July 31, 2011 - 6:00pm

Worried about the future of a program that funnels money to hospitals, Florida has received another two weeks to reach agreement with federal officials on continuing the states Medicaid managed-care pilot.

The controversial pilot, which requires most Medicaid beneficiaries in five counties to enroll in managed-care plans, was scheduled to expire Sunday. But the state Agency for Health Care Administration sent a letter to federal Medicaid officials on Friday, seeking a 14-day temporary extension.

State Asks for More Time on Medicaid Pilot Program

July 31, 2011 - 6:00pm

Worried about the future of a program that funnels money to hospitals, Florida has asked federal officials for another two weeks to reach agreement on continuing the states Medicaid managed-care pilot.

The controversial pilot, which requires most Medicaid beneficiaries in five counties to enroll in managed-care plans, was scheduled to expire Sunday. But the state Agency for Health Care Administration sent a letter to federal Medicaid officials on Friday, seeking a 14-day temporary extension.

PSC, EPA at Odds Over Fish Killed in Plant Cooling

July 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

With utilities using massive amounts of water to cool power plants, the Florida Public Service Commission is concerned about proposed federal regulations aimed at protecting fish and other aquatic life.

The commission Friday sent documents to the Environmental Protection Agency and congressional members indicating that the proposal could drive up costs for utilities that suck in ocean or river water -- and, as a result, kill many fish and other sea organisms.

Florida Fight With EPA Backdrop to Congressional Debate

July 13, 2011 - 6:00pm

Pointing to a long-running fight in Florida, the U.S. House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would restrict the Environmental Protection Agencys power to require tougher water-quality standards.

U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., was a key sponsor of the measure, which passed 239-184. Mica and other supporters said the EPA has overstepped its authority in Clean Water Act disputes with states.

EPA has indeed created a regulatory nightmare that affects almost every state in the union, Mica said during a floor debate.

David Simmons, Lizbeth Benacquisto Have Strong 2Q

July 11, 2011 - 6:00pm

Republican incumbents David Simmons and Lizbeth Benacquisto outpaced other Senate candidates in raising campaign cash during the second quarter of 2011, new reports show.

Simmons, R-Maitland, raised $91,640 between April 1 and June 30, while Benacquisto, R-Wellington, pulled in $62,165. Candidates faced a Monday deadline for filing campaign-finance reports, though not all had been posted on the Division of Elections' website as of 7 p.m.

State Pushing Back Against Proposed EPA Air Standards

July 7, 2011 - 6:00pm

Pointing to potentially higher electric rates, the Florida Public Service Commission is expected this month to raise concerns with the federal government about new air-pollution standards.

Utilities such as Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy Florida and the states municipal electric industry also are wary of the proposed standards, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to finalize in November.

Hearing Set for $363 Million FPIC Sale

July 6, 2011 - 6:00pm

As Florida moves forward with laws aimed at curbing medical-malpractice lawsuits, state regulators are ready to consider the sale of a major malpractice insurer to a California company.

The Office of Insurance Regulation has scheduled a July 21 public hearing on the proposed sale of Jacksonville-based FPIC Insurance Group Inc. to The Doctors Co. of Napa, Calif.

Appeals Court: Illegal Residents Entitled to Workers' Comp

July 4, 2011 - 6:00pm

After dropping out of school in his native Mexico, Luis Aragon crossed the U.S. border as an illegal immigrant at age 16 in search of work.

Aragon found jobs in Georgia before heading to Jacksonville, where he worked construction. But in September 2007, Aragon fell 30 feet off a roof on a job site, suffering serious injuries to his foot and arm.

That accident led to a legal fight that culminated last week with the First District Court of Appeal sending a clear message that illegal immigrants are entitled to workers compensation benefits in Florida.

No Injunction, Pension Requirement Begins

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