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  1. Florida Legislature heads toward special session because of Medicaid impasseRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Apr 15 | St. Petersburg Times

    Republican leaders said Wednesday that they won't approve a budget by the scheduled end of the legislative session in 15 days because of the widening impasse over the Medicaid budget. Asked by reporters if he agreed it was already too late to meet their deadline, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said he did.

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  2. Tension mounts in Tallahassee over Medicaid expansion, hospital fundingRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 14 | St. Petersburg Times

    Federal health officials turned up the pressure on Florida Tuesday, saying the future of $1.3 billion in federal funding for hospitals that treat low-income patients is tied to whether the Legislature expands Medicaid. In a letter to Florida's Medicaid director, a top federal official wrote that the federal government is willing to consider the state's request to keep the so-called Low Income Pool in place after the program ends in June.

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  3. Bill to address Florida testing concerns headed to Gov. Rick ScottRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Apr 9 | St. Petersburg Times

    A proposal that would reduce the testing requirements for Florida schoolchildren - and delay the release of school grades until an independent agency reviews the new assessments - is headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk. It is one of only a handful of legislative proposals to win support this session in both the House and Senate.

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  4. Florida House passes $690 million tax cut packageRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Apr 9 | St. Petersburg Times

    Cellphone users, widows and widowers, college students and small businesses are among the latest pawns in a showdown over Medicaid expansion in Florida. On Thursday, the Florida House overwhelmingly passed a $690 million tax cut package that could save those groups money, but only if the Senate signs off on the plan.

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  5. Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay wrestlingRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Apr 8 | St. Petersburg Times

    Best meet: For Norstrem, the state meet stands out. He pinned Merritt Island's Ryan Hudson in 3:27 for a fourth straight title that moves him within one of becoming the sixth overall - and Brandon's fourth - five-time state champion.

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  6. Editorial: Overpaying for private water farms wrong approachRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Apr 3 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Caulkins Citrus Co. in Martin County is being paid to retain 6,780 acre-feet of water at $76 per acre-foot.

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  7. Florida Senate moves to temporarily suspend school gradesRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Apr 1 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Florida Senate took a critical step Wednesday toward temporarily suspending school grades in response to the outcry statewide among parents, teachers and superintendents who want a smoother transition as the state shifts to new standards and tests. The Senate added a provision to its sweeping testing bill that would require an independent review of the new Florida Standards Assessments.

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  8. Florida Senate passes sweeping prison reformsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Apr 1 | St. Petersburg Times

    Responding to allegations of abuse and corruption in Florida's prison system, the state Senate voted Wednesday to create an independent oversight commission with subpoena powers to investigate wrongdoing at the Department of Corrections. SB 2070 passed 37-1 and creates the nine-member Florida Corrections Commission, which would have the power to investigate allegations of corruption, fraud and inmate abuse, as well as review budget proposals and make policy recommendations.

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  9. Senate finds compromise on student testingRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 25 | St. Petersburg Times

    A Senate panel tweaked its testing bill Wednesday so that the results of this year's Florida Standards Assessments would not be used to determine whether third-grade students can be promoted to the fourth grade, or high-school students can graduate until an independent review of the exam is conducted. The amendment was intended to be a compromise between Republican lawmakers who have vowed not to retreat on school accountability, and the parents and educators who have asked for a pause while Florida transitions to new academic standards and assessments.

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  10. Voters suggest Amendment 1 funds were supposed to be spent acquiring landRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 25 | St. Petersburg Times

    John Hendershot was one of 4.2 million Floridians who voted for Amendment 1, helping it pass by an overwhelming majority in November. "I was convinced that the purpose was to set aside money primarily for environmental lands acquisition purchases and to preserve and protect environmental lands," said Hendershot, a 61-year-old Tampa psychologist.

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  11. Bill would give more choices to Florida studentsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 23 | St. Petersburg Times

    Most parents would not have been able to move their child to a public school in another county. Russell could because she was a teacher in Broward.

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  12. State wrestling: Business as usual for BrandonRead the original story

    Mar 14, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    And the records just keep on falling for Brandon, which last season set a record for points in winning yet another state championship. On Saturday at Silver Spurs Arena, the Eagles extended two records by winning their 15th straight title and 26th overall.

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  13. The Buzz: House approves adoption bill on bipartisan voteRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 11, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    In a show of bipartisanship - although perhaps not unity - the Florida House on Wednesday approved a bill that leaders say is aimed at increasing adoptions in the state through incentives to community-based care agencies and state employees who adopt. "At the end of the day, a bill passed that will help a lot of kids in this state, I think to the tune of over 600 kids that will find potential homes," House Speaker Steve Crisafulli , R-Merritt Island, said after the vote.

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  14. Florida House passes bill to move presidential primaryRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 11, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    With Republican delegates at risk in the presidential primary, the Florida House voted Wednesday to move the primary election to the third Tuesday in March. If the primary date isn't moved, Florida's 2016 primary under current law would fall on March 1, early enough that the party would be forced to allocate Florida's delegates proportionally.

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  15. Column: Big Sugar weasels out of land dealRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 9, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Check out Steve Crisafulli, the Republican speaker of the Florida House. He comes from a citrus family, once headed the Brevard County Farm Bureau and has his eye on becoming state agricultural commissioner.

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  16. Editorial: Real protection for water up to Florida SenateRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 6, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    The water bill that the Florida House rammed through as its first order of business last week was lauded by supporters as a forward-looking, measured approach to managing the state's natural resources. It is no such thing.

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

    Mar 5, 2015 | 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.

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

    Feb 19, 2015 | 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.

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

    Feb 6, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

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

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

    Feb 5, 2015 | 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.

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