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Ag Interests Spread Cash in Cabinet Race

May 11, 2018 - 1:30pm
Matt Caldwell and Denise Grimsley

From farmers to horse trainers, agricultural interests put up more than $100,000 in April to support three candidates running for Florida agriculture commissioner, with U.S. Sugar Corp. accounting for $30,000, new finance reports show.

Citrus Industry Looks for Silver Lining Amid Dismal Season

May 11, 2018 - 6:00am

Florida’s hurricane-battered citrus growers, facing their lowest yield in eight decades, continue to see a drop in production with the season’s harvest nearly complete.

Attorney General Candidates Split on Felons' Rights

May 7, 2018 - 2:15pm
Frank White, Ashley Moody and Jay Fant

Republicans running to replace term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi would continue with the state’s legal approach to defending a controversial process for restoring felons’ voting rights.

Tom Lee Stays on the Sidelines in Congressional Race

May 4, 2018 - 6:00am
Tom Lee

Saying “this is simply not the right time for me,” state Sen. Tom Lee announced Thursday he will not run for a Central Florida congressional seat that became open when U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross decided against seeking re-election.

Backroom Briefing: A Speaker Too Far?

May 3, 2018 - 5:45pm
Dinesh D’Souza

Trying to draw attention this week for its “Sunshine Summit,” the Republican Party of Florida rolled out the names of speakers who will appear at the two-day gathering in late June.

Tree-Trimming Seen as Key, as Hurricane Season Nears

May 2, 2018 - 5:00pm

As the state prepares for the 2018 hurricane season, utility regulators might look at who dictates tree trimming.

BP Settlement Money Starts Flowing to the Panhandle

April 30, 2018 - 11:45am
BP Oil Spill
BP settlement money is headed to new water and sewer lines for an industrial park, technical-education programs in two counties and expansion of the Port of Panama City.
 

Shark Fishing Draws State Attention

April 25, 2018 - 3:00pm

Shore-based shark fishing, which attracts sharks already near land to feed in areas that often have low visibility, is increasing in conflict with where people swim and surf.

And now, amid calls to restrict or ban shark fishing from beaches, piers and bridges, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday directed staff members to craft new rules.

'Warm, Welcoming Message' to Canada Pays Off

April 23, 2018 - 5:45pm

Florida’s tourism arm is touting marketing efforts that attracted an increase in travelers from America’s northern neighbor, less than a year after admitting the state had taken its Canadian visitors for granted.

Business Interests among Group Fighting Immigration Verification Proposal

April 12, 2018 - 6:15pm

A wide-ranging coalition that includes a major Republican donor, cruise-line officials, agricultural interests and former pro basketball players is seeking to halt a proposed constitutional amendment that would require Florida businesses to verify the immigration status of new employees.

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