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Census: Floridians better educated in 2013

Floridians became a little better educated last year, were middle-of-the-pack in having access to the Internet and had the nation's highest concentration of retail workers.

18 September 2014 | 8:55 am

Census offers a glimpse of Fla. in 2013

Floridians became a little better educated last year, were middle-of-the-pack in having access to the Internet and had the nation's highest concentration of retail workers.

18 September 2014 | 7:10 am

2 in Keys charged with $300M vacation rental fraud

Two people are facing fraud and other charges in the Florida Keys for operating what authorities say was a $300 million vacation rental scheme.

18 September 2014 | 7:10 am

Steam being used to kill deadly citrus bacteria

A group of University of Florida researchers are using steam in an attempt to kill a deadly citrus disease that's ravaging the state's groves.

18 September 2014 | 7:10 am

Parents suing center for deaf, autistic children

The families of three children who spent time at a school for deaf and autistic students are suing the facility after they say their children experienced neglect and various forms of abuse at the hands of the facilities' employees.

18 September 2014 | 7:10 am

Florida universities need $45 million to offset drop in Bright Futures scholarships

A new analysis shows black and Hispanic students have been disproportionately affected by changes to the popular Bright Futures scholarship program.

18 September 2014 | 2:17 am

Joe Garcia says Carlos Curbelo supports raising flood insurance rates

PolitiFact Florida found Joe Garcia’s statement about his Republican challenger Carlos Curbelo to be false.

18 September 2014 | 1:13 am

Rick Scott tries to clarify attack ad on Charlie Crist

Gov. Rick Scott suggested his ad wasn’t really saying that Charlie Crist was an active participant in the fraud spawned by Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme.

18 September 2014 | 1:06 am

Iraq war veteran sues Gov. Rick Scott, state of Florida over loss of job

“This is not political,” said Walter Kreitlow, a master sergeant in the Army reserve. “This is for the citizen soldiers out there who are taken advantage of.

18 September 2014 | 12:39 am

Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk

Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire and now has his sights on Chicago's iconic skyscrapers — partly because of the city's reputation for being windy.

18 September 2014 | 12:20 am

Sen. Marco Rubio: ‘America cannot avoid its role as a global leader’

Sen. Marco Rubio did not hold back criticism — of the president, Congress or a potential 2016 presidential rival — in a foreign policy speech Wednesday that called for aggressive U.S. engagement in the world’s hot spots.

18 September 2014 | 12:10 am

President Barack Obama rules out ground troops vs. Islamic State group: ‘We’re not going to do this alone’

The president’s remarks came a day after Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told U.S. senators that he ultimately could recommend sending ground forces to combat Islamic terrorists if airstrikes prove insufficient.

17 September 2014 | 11:28 pm

Climate scientists ask governor for ‘solutions summit’

Provoked by Gov. Rick Scott’s refusal to engage on the issue of climate change, 42 science professors from around the state now suggest policymakers and scientists meet to come up with an action plan.

17 September 2014 | 10:10 pm

Former Gov. Crist lays out his plan to create jobs

Former Gov. Charlie Crist is spelling out some of his plans to create jobs.

17 September 2014 | 9:44 pm

US asks for sentence reduction for House candidate

Federal prosecutors are seeking a reduction in the prison sentence for a former U.S. House candidate who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in a case linked to Republican ex-Rep. David Rivera.

17 September 2014 | 9:42 pm

Fla. university system delays vote on student aid

Florida's state university system is postponing any talk about the state's popular Bright Futures scholarship program until after the election.

17 September 2014 | 8:53 pm

Citrus grove owners to get help under program

Florida's citrus growers whose groves who are affected by a deadly citrus disease can recoup some of the cost of tree removal and replanting under a federal program.

17 September 2014 | 8:27 pm

Appeals court rules Fla. Gov. can pick new judge

An appeals court is saying Florida Gov. Rick Scott should get to pick a new judge for northeast Florida instead of letting voters decide.

17 September 2014 | 7:57 pm

Army reservist sues Scott, state over job demotion

An Army reservist is suing Gov. Rick Scott and a state agency claiming he was demoted because of an overseas deployment.

17 September 2014 | 7:07 pm

Florida editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:

17 September 2014 | 7:02 pm

Mexican charged in Ohio in $9.6M investment scheme

Federal authorities say a Mexican citizen who lived in the Cleveland area defrauded investors in four states in a $9.6 million scheme over six years and used the money for a lavish lifestyle.

17 September 2014 | 6:42 pm

Study: Americans endure unwanted care near death

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

17 September 2014 | 6:22 pm

Scott, Crist qualify for debate; Wyllie doesn't

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are the only candidates that qualify for a Leadership Florida/Florida Press Association debate.

17 September 2014 | 5:37 pm

Mystery man in Rick Scott attack ad unveiled, misleads about Charlie Crist and Ponzi scheme

The Miami Herald has identified the Republican used in an attack ad by Gov. Rick Scott against challenger Charlie Crist. The ad wrongly claims that Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein had ‘swindled’ the mysterious Republican.

17 September 2014 | 2:34 am

Broward shudders as giant African snails cross border from Miami-Dade

A big fear of state agriculture officials isn’t a fear anymore. It’s reality.

15 September 2014 | 1:35 am

Marc Caputo: The politics, paradoxes and polling of pot in Florida

Tallahassee’s conservative political establishment is about to embark on a multi-million ad campaign to kill a popular, proposed constitutional amendment for medical marijuana.

14 September 2014 | 11:28 pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott seldom appoints black judges

As African-Americans now make up a slightly smaller percentage of the pool of judges than before Scott took office, he faces criticism from the Florida Bar and the Legislature’s black caucus.

14 September 2014 | 11:02 pm

Patients take on more of healthcare costs, but struggle to find prices

Health plans with high out-of-pocket costs are pushing consumers to price shop for healthcare. But prices can be hard to find before a procedure, and most patients don’t find them until the hospital bill arrives.

14 September 2014 | 9:59 pm

Florida GOP optimism grows as election approaches

Florida Republicans say that a victory by Gov. Rick Scott in November is within their grasp.

14 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Healthcare prices: Many moving parts veiled by confidentiality agreements

The price of a medical procedure can vary greatly for consumers and their employers, depending on the hospital’s operating costs, the patient’s condition, and even who’s paying and how.

14 September 2014 | 4:34 am

Florida GOP makes final push for Gov. Rick Scott

The Republican Party of Florida met at one of World Disney World’s most expensive resorts for their annual fundraising dinner which also served as one last pep rally before the final push starts. The sellout event that attracted roughly 800 GOP activists as well as prominent donors and lobbyists featured Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

14 September 2014 | 4:33 am

Charlie Crist’s party-switch is not unusual in Fla. politics

Switching parties is a time-honored tradition in Florida politics, but Charlie Crist is doing it at a time, at a level and in a way never before attempted.

14 September 2014 | 4:29 am

Debate over Common Core school standards presents political balancing act for Gov. Rick Scott

The Common Core standards are a thorny issue for Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for reelection.

7 September 2014 | 6:53 pm

Feds intensify investigation on Rep. Joe Garcia’s former campaign manager

Former campaign aides for Joe Garcia are subpoenaed as part of the federal investigation of the congressman’s 2010 campaign.

4 September 2014 | 1:57 am

Florida auto tag fees drop on Sept. 1

The reduction in vehicle-registration fees, one of two new laws going into effect Monday, is expected to save motorists $17 to $25 a year depending on the size of the vehicles.

31 August 2014 | 11:14 pm

Legal challenge takes aim at Florida’s school voucher program

The statewide teachers union and other groups are questioning whether the controversial school voucher program is constitutional.

28 August 2014 | 8:03 pm

Charlie Crist’s big win clouded by low turnout and enthusiasm questions

Charlie Crist trounced underfunded rival Nan Rich, but Democrats in the state’s three largest counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach largely stayed home.

27 August 2014 | 11:20 pm

Florida Polytechnic survives controversy to enroll its first STEM students

Florida Polytechnic University defied its doubters by managing to open for business just two years after its controversial creation by the state Legislature.

24 August 2014 | 4:16 am

Original districts stand for 2014 election, new map to take effect in 2016

State lawmakers altered seven of 27 congressional districts after Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled that two districts had been illegally drawn to benefit Republicans.

23 August 2014 | 2:18 am

As campaign heats up, Gov. Rick Scott calls for boost to education spending

Gov. Rick Scott announced plans to increase per-student education spending — a move his critics called an election-year gimmick.

21 August 2014 | 11:07 pm

Black voters become focus in redistricting fight as both side claim to offer better protections

Awkward tensions emerge as Democrats remain divided over congressional redistricting plan, while Republicans claim they are doing more for black voters.

20 August 2014 | 10:52 pm

With close ties to sugar, Florida’s next House speaker admits taking King Ranch trip

Republican Steve Crisafulli, who becomes the most powerful man in the Florida House of Representatives this fall, has been a major beneficiary of the state’s sugar industry.

17 August 2014 | 11:59 pm

Marc Caputo: Lawyer haunts Rick Scott for four years

Rick Scott stepped to the podium to start a Tallahassee press conference when a man approached him with a handshake.

17 August 2014 | 10:16 pm

Injured employees cheated by workers’ comp law, Miami-Dade judge says

A Miami-Dade judge struck a blow against Florida’s workers’ comp law, which was already under attack on several fronts.

14 August 2014 | 1:20 am

Florida legislators approve new redistricting map but new challenge is expected

Despite warnings from groups that the map remained flawed, legislators passed a fix to the congressional map. Most Democrats opposed.

12 August 2014 | 3:02 am