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Putnam Leads Money Chase in State Races

June 13, 2017 - 9:00pm
Adam Putnam

Candidates seeking to follow Gov. Rick Scott are off to a fast fundraising start, with new reports showing Adam Putnam holding a money advantage in the 2018 governor's race.

Temporary Protections Extended for Haitians

May 22, 2017 - 7:15pm

Temporary “protected status” has been extended for another six months for thousands of Haitians who fled to the United States after their island was ravaged by an earthquake in 2010.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Monday said “after a careful review of the current conditions in Haiti and conversations with the Haitian government,” he has agreed to extend the temporary protected status until Jan. 22.

Universities Get Boost amid USF Uproar

May 8, 2017 - 10:00pm

Florida lawmakers on Monday approved a budget that will dramatically increase university funding and student financial aid, while leaders defended a performance standard that could impact the University of South Florida.

State Says Wildfires Likely to Get Worse

April 20, 2017 - 8:15am

With the state battling 106 wildfires covering 124,000 acres as of Wednesday, Florida's top forestry official warned the fire season has yet to reach its peak.

Jim Karels, director of the Florida Forest Service, said Florida is experiencing an "active early fire season," with drought conditions throughout the state.

Senate Budget Chief Jack Latvala Raps House

April 17, 2017 - 10:30pm
Jack Latvala

Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala said Monday he was glad to have made it "a third of the way" through the annual legislative session.

"Only 14 more weeks to go," Latvala, R-Clearwater, told the Capital Tiger Bay Club during a lunchtime appearance a few blocks from the Capitol.

Atwater Honored at Final Cabinet Meeting

April 11, 2017 - 3:45pm
Jeff Atwater

As he moves to a job at Florida Atlantic University, state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Tuesday his more than 16 years as a Florida lawmaker and Cabinet member have been "an honor of a lifetime."

House Wants Cuts in Higher Education Budget

Bondi Holds out Hope in 'Water Wars'

March 14, 2017 - 7:00am

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected later this week to review a recommendation that would deny Florida relief in its decades-old water dispute with Georgia, Attorney General Pam Bondi said Tuesday the case is not over yet.

Negron Puts Spotlight on Higher Ed System

March 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Joe Negron

Although he has three degrees, including a law degree from Emory University and a master's from Harvard, Senate President Joe Negron went back to college last spring.

It was a unique journey for an incoming legislative leader that took Negron on a tour of Florida's 12 public universities, from the University of West Florida at the western edge of the Panhandle to Florida International University in the urban center of Miami-Dade County.

Lawmakers Eye Higher Education Projects

February 22, 2017 - 11:00pm

From robotics competitions to Alzheimer's research to new state college buildings, higher-education advocates on Wednesday made their pitches to Senate and House committees for funding in the next state budget.

The Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee heard presentations on about a dozen projects and initiatives. The panel has asked all institutions and programs receiving state funding to file reports on how money is being used and to highlight outcomes of the expenditures.



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