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  1. House overwhelmingly passes new water billRead the original story w/Photo

    10 hrs ago | St. Petersburg Times

    Dismissing pleas from environmental groups, the Florida House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed an agricultural industry-backed overhaul of the state's water management and preservation system that could force taxpayers to pick up more costs. HB 7003 makes numerous revisions to the state's oversight of water quality and quantity, including new action plans to protect natural springs that are impaired, an easing of regulations on landowners north of Lake Okeechobee and an expansion of a program that helps landowners near impaired waters to reduce fertilizer-polluted discharge.


  2. Overhaul of water policy on fast track in Florida HouseRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Feb 19 | St. Petersburg Times

    A bill pushed by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to overhaul the state's water management system won bipartisan approval Thursday from the House Appropriations committee. At nearly 100 pages, HB 7003 outlines numerous revisions to the state's management of water quality and quantity that supporters, including House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, say modernizes Florida's water policy to accommodate future growth.


  3. Region boys soccer: Merritt Island 2, Jesuit 0Read the original story

    Friday Feb 6 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Tigers had homefield advantage with a raucous student section as clever as they were loud. They dominated play.


  4. Rule for medical pot put forward, but reality still far off in FloridaRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Feb 5 | St. Petersburg Times

    As Holley Moseley sat through meetings this week to finalize Florida's limited medical marijuana rules, she kept getting texts from her daughter RayAnn's teacher. It was a particularly difficult day, and RayAnn had spent much of it in epileptic seizures.


  5. Region girls soccer: Merritt Island 5, Largo 0Read the original story

    Jan 30, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Packers gave up a goal two minutes into their match at Marritt Island match but only trailed 1-0 at halftime. But Merritt Island tacked on its second goal 15 minutes into the second half then scored three goals in a five-minute span to put the game away, 5-0.


  6. Romano: Excuses are running low for Florida lawmakers who won't expand MedicaidRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 28, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Indiana's plan to use Medicaid expansion funds was approved by the federal government on Tuesday, bringing the total number of participating states to 28. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, seven more states are working on expansion plans, leaving Florida among a dwindling minority of health care agnostics. States that continue to reject federal funding to provide health care for needy residents are mostly Southern, typically rural and not especially cutting-edge.


  7. City of Cape Canaveral is trying to rebrand itselfRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 24, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    This community at the gateway to Port Canaveral - one of the world's busiest cruise ports - wants to define and distinguish itself from other Florida beachside towns. Cape Canaveral already is one of the most recognizable place names on earth, thanks to its connection to the space program.


  8. Support builds for Medicaid expansion in FloridaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 18, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    For the past two years, the Republican-dominated Florida House has turned away federal funds intended to expand health care coverage to nearly a million uninsured Floridians. Chief among them: increased pressure from businesses, which could soon face fines for failing to provide health care coverage to employees.


  9. Five-year plan could govern land- and water-conservation projectsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 29, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Florida lawmakers might lay out future water- and land-preservation efforts in a five-year plan updated annually, similar to how transportation projects are prioritized. Since voters approved the "Florida Water and Land Legacy" constitutional amendment in November, lawmakers have heard from a growing number of interests about how the money - by some estimates $10 billion over 20 years - should be carved up.


  10. Port Canaveral has new cruise terminalRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 28, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    A two-story, 188,514-square-foot terminal building and accompanying four-story, 1,000-spot garage opened Saturday after a year of construction, and prepared for its first visitor, Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Rocky Johnson, vice president of Ivey's Construction Co.


  11. Economists project nearly $1 billion surplus for Florida budgetRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 15, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Lower gas prices and rising consumer confidence prompted state economists on Monday to boost revenue estimates for next year's budget by $622 million. The calculations improved the odds that Gov. Rick Scott will deliver on his campaign promise to cut taxes and fees, which lawmakers must approve.


  12. Column: How legislative committee chairmanships are wonRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 11, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    The start of a new legislative session is much like the start of the new school year. Like students anxiously waiting to see which classes they get, which teachers will control their fate and which friends are in each class, legislators and those dependent on them eagerly await the announcement of the committee chairmanships, which committees they will serve on and with whom.


  13. FSU shooting revives debate over guns on campusRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 25, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Among those leading the charge: Nathan Scott, one of three people shot and wounded last week when Myron May opened fire at the FSU library. Scott is part of a group called Students for Concealed Carry at Florida State, which on Tuesday asked state lawmakers to allow concealed-weapon permit holders to carry firearms on college grounds.


  14. New leaders Steve Crisafulli, Andy Gardiner vow to continue Legislature's push to the rightRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 18, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Republican hegemony of the Florida Legislature continued Tuesday with the formal elections of the next leaders of the House and Senate, two like-minded Central Florida lawmakers who vowed to capitalize on the mandate given to them by voters. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, won unanimous approval to lead the two chambers, both of which are overwhelmingly Republican, for the next two years.


  15. Florida House, Senate get new leaders in Steve Crisafulli, Andy GardinerRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 17, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    One climbed the legislative ranks rung by rung for more than a decade, his steady progress made possible by a quiet determination. The other is a scion of a politically powerful family who made it to the top only after scandal and an election upset cleared the way for his rise.


  16. House to vote on Rep. James Grant election outcomeRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 17, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    In a highly unusual move, the Florida House will vote Tuesday on whether to accept election results that would give state Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, another two years in office. Grant easily won the House District 64 election this month, topping fellow Republican Miriam Steinberg.


  17. State volleyball: Sunlake upbeat despite early exitRead the original story

    Nov 13, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Sunlake's volleyball season has been characterized by firsts. Before this year, the Seahawks had never won a district title.


  18. Despite rhetoric in marijuana debate, Legislature controls its safetyRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 13, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Here's the little secret neither side of the Amendment 2 debate over medical marijuana is talking about: The Florida Legislature controls its fate. You don't hear it from opposition groups, who warn that legalizing medical marijuana would endanger children, spawn pot shops on every street corner and become the state's next pill mill fiasco.


  19. FHP: Intoxicated driver, speeding behind fiery Clearwater crashRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 28, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    A drunken driver speeding down rain-slicked U.S. 19 in the Countryside area struck a vehicle which burst into flames Saturday night, shutting down a mile-and-a-half stretch of the road for several hours, authorities said. Officials say Robert Nelligan, 36, of Tampa was speeding north on U.S. 19 when the southbound Temitope Babalola, 35, of St. Petersburg made a U-turn in front of him near Estancia Boulevard.


  20. New stores open at WestShore PlazaRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 25, 2014 | St. Petersburg Times

    Eco, a women's fashion retailer selling ''organic'' clothing, accessories and handcrafts, has opened near Maggiano's. It's the store's second location.


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