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Challenges to New Water Standards Tossed Out

September 14, 2016 - 10:00pm

Siding with the Department of Environmental Protection on procedural grounds, an administrative law judge has rejected a series of challenges to controversial new state water-quality standards.

Judge Bram D.E. Canter on Tuesday issued an 11-page ruling that dismissed the challenges filed last month by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the city of Miami, Martin County and Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental Affairs, Inc.

Legal Challenges Mount over New Water Standards

August 24, 2016 - 8:30pm

After the Seminole Tribe of Florida launched a legal challenge earlier in the month, the city of Miami and a paper-mill industry group also are taking aim at controversial new state water-quality standards.

Backroom Briefing: Red State, Blue State

August 18, 2016 - 9:15pm

As this year's presidential race bounces along, the nation's partisan divide continues drawing attention.

People in red states and blue states talk past each other --- OK, often yell past each other. The presidential candidates can largely ignore much of the country because the real battle is in Florida and a handful of other swing states.

Sides Line Up as Workers' Comp Rate Hike Weighed

August 16, 2016 - 10:00pm

With a legislative battle brewing, state regulators listened to hours of testimony Tuesday as they decide whether to approve a 19.6 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates.

The proposed hike stems mainly from an April ruling by the Florida Supreme Court that said a limit on attorneys' fees in workers' compensation cases was unconstitutional.

Seminole Tribe Challenges Water Standards

August 9, 2016 - 11:00pm

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has filed a legal challenge against controversial new state water-quality standards, arguing they don't adequately take into account the amount of fish and other wildlife eaten by tribal members.

Backroom Briefing: Tough Times for Alan Grayson

July 28, 2016 - 6:15pm
Alan Grayson

It has been a rough week for Congressman Alan Grayson in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

While thousands of Democrats rallied in Philadelphia during the party convention, Grayson was trying to fend off domestic-abuse allegations by his ex-wife.

Weekly Roundup: Not Quite a 'Conventional Convention'

July 22, 2016 - 8:45pm

It wasn't exactly a scripted lovefest. Unless the scripting was done by the folks who put on professional wrestling matches.

The Republican National Convention this week offered drama, shouting, villains and even a little suspected skullduggery. But in the end, Donald Trump was still standing.

Now, Trump faces the challenge of pulling together enough voters to wrest Florida and other critical states away from Democrat Hillary Clinton --- who, it almost goes without saying, was the villain of all villains during the convention in Cleveland.

Weekly Roundup: 'You Just Can't Imagine This Happening'

June 17, 2016 - 8:00pm

Terrorism hit home this week.

Floridians woke up Sunday morning to the unthinkable. On Saturday night, young people crowded into an Orlando club for music, dancing and the simple joys of being with friends. Hours later, 49 clubgoers were dead and dozens more were wounded.

Mayor Buddy Dyer described Sunday as "probably the most difficult day in the history of Orlando." For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians, it carried the extra weight of knowing that a gay club had been targeted.

Indicted Lawmaker Argues Elections Office 'Not a Victim'

June 6, 2016 - 9:15pm
Reggie Fullwood

Facing wire-fraud and tax charges, state Rep. Reggie Fullwood is asking a federal judge to block prosecutors from arguing that the Florida Division of Elections is a victim of an alleged scheme to divert campaign funds to personal use.

Fullwood's attorney, Robert Willis, filed the request last week as he prepares to seek a dismissal of wire-fraud charges that are a major part of a federal indictment unsealed in April. Fullwood, a Jacksonville Democrat who has served in the House since 2010, was accused of illegally using campaign contributions to pay a wide range of expenses.

Workers Comp Rates Could Jump after Court Ruling

May 27, 2016 - 5:15pm

After a Florida Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down a limit on attorney's fees, workers-compensation insurance rates could go up an overall 17.1 percent, according to a proposal submitted Friday to state regulators.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance, which submits rate proposals for the workers-compensation insurance industry, said the hike should take effect Aug. 1. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation will decide whether to approve the proposal, a process that could lead to a different rate change.

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