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Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

Record school funding? Local taxpayers bear load

This editorial published in the Orlando Sentinel on Oct. 17, 2015   Tallahassee wants to provide “historic” school spending by continuing to play Tallahassee’s trick on taxpayers. You might think that Florida’s system of financing education is simple: Your property taxes pay for the schools in your county. It’s not that simple. Local taxes pay […]

Gulf Breeze may seek changes to bridge plan

Gulf Breeze may seek changes to bridge plan

The Gulf Breeze City Council has a short wish list for construction of the new $450 million Pensacola Bay Bridge: Move the southbound landing to relieve a recurring bottleneck on U.S. Highway 98. Read the full article in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

Community pays tribute to fallen Okaloosa deputy

Community pays tribute to fallen Okaloosa deputy

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Myers was remembered today as an individual who touched thousands of lives in countless positive ways in the decades he wore a badge. An estimated 2,000 people streamed into the Raider Arena at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville today to pay tribute to Deputy Bill Myers, a man who […]

Young Entrepreneur Award set to recognize young leaders

Young Entrepreneur Award set to recognize young leaders

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced the creation of the Young Entrepreneur Award which will recognize students, college graduates and young entrepreneurs who excel in the workplace and create innovative ideas. Scott is also issuing a challenge to all residents in the state to connect with new job openings throughout Florida utilizing services such as the […]

Tab to protect visiting governors, officials rising

Tab to protect visiting governors, officials rising

The cost to Florida taxpayers to provide around-the-clock security for visiting governors and other officials jumped in the past year, partly because of high-profile Republicans who were in the state to campaign for Gov. Rick Scott. An annual report released Friday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement showed that the state spent nearly $2.9 […]

Scott orders flags to half-staff

Scott orders flags to half-staff

  Gov. Rick Scott issued the following memo directing the flags fly at half-staff: On Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, an accident involving two Special Tactics Airmen occurred on Eglin Range during military freefall training. As a result of this accident Tech Sergeant Timothy A. Officer, Jr., 32, and Tech Sergeant Marty B. Bettelyoun, 35, lost […]

Scott at odds again with fellow Republicans

Scott at odds again with fellow Republicans

Just six months ago, Gov. Rick Scott stood onstage outside the state Capitol basking in his hard-fought victory as he began his second term. Scott boldly proclaimed in his inaugural address that the campaign was over, and while there would be “robust debates on the best direction for Florida” that “we should not let partisan […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 25

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 25

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Carroll to pay fine, admit violations in ethics case Florida’s ethics panel and former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll have reached a deal over allegations that she broke the state’s ethics law. The Florida Commission on Ethics unanimously […]

Scott: Flags lowered to honor those in Tenn. shooting

Scott: Flags lowered to honor those in Tenn. shooting

Gov. Rick Scott today directed the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff in honor of the five service members who were murdered at recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week. The order is effective immediately throughout the state until sunset on the day of the final […]

Gov. orders Guard recruiters to work from armory

Gov. orders Guard recruiters to work from armory

Gov. Rick Scott ordered Florida National Guard recruiters on Saturday to work from nearby armories after attacks in Tennessee that killed four Marines and one sailor. In an executive order, the Republican governor said he wants recruiters to move from six storefront locations into armories until state officials can evaluate and make security improvements, including […]

Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera enters US Senate race

Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera enters US Senate race

Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera said Wednesday he is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by his close friend Marco Rubio, who is running for president. The 41-year-old Republican announced his entry in a YouTube video — in English and Spanish — that featured his wife and two daughters, along with photos of […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 10

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 10

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. State’s congressional districts rejected as gerrymandered The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state’s congressional maps don’t meet the requirements of a voter-approved constitutional amendment that prohibits political lines from being drawn to favor incumbents or […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 2

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 2

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Governor’s wealth grew after spending millions on campaign Florida Gov. Rick Scott continues to see his wealth grow even after spending millions on his own re-election campaign. Scott filed his annual financial disclosure forms Tuesday. Scott’s net […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 26

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 26

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Health ruling relieves consumers; GOP states remain critical The Supreme Court ruling validating federal health insurance subsidies for nearly 6.4 million Americans wasn’t just a major victory for President Obama’s signature health law. It also had consumers […]

Gov. Scott signs budget, vetoes nearly $500M

Gov. Scott signs budget, vetoes nearly $500M

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a new budget into law Tuesday, but not before vetoing nearly $500 million stuffed into the spending plan by legislators. Scott signed the budget just days after the Florida Legislature approved it during an unusual June special session. State government would have been partially shut down if a new budget […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 22

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 22

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Gov. Rick Scott kicks off 7-city tax cut tour Florida Gov. Rick Scott is hitting the road on a seven-city tour Monday to celebrate a tax cut package he signed into law. The Florida Legislature passed the […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 20

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 20

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Florida Legislature passes $78.7 billion budget in overtime The Florida Legislature passed a $78 billion spending plan during a special session called to solve a budget crisis and avoid a looming government shutdown. The House voted 96-17 […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 10

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 10

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Florida and Georgia governors hold private meeting on water The governors of Florida and Georgia are discussing how to resolve a long-running water dispute. Florida Gov. Rick Scott met for an hour Tuesday with Georgia Gov. Nathan […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 27

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 27

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Florida Senate offers health care coverage compromise Top Florida senators are offering up a revamped health care coverage plan in an effort to end a stalemate with Republican House leaders and Gov. Rick Scott. Senate President Andy Gardiner announced Tuesday […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 23

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 23

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. After week in jail, Florida mom agrees to son’s circumcision A Florida woman’s years long battle against her child’s father over the boy’s circumcision ended Friday with her agreeing to the procedure in exchange for her release […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 21

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 21

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. US investigating Florida prisoner’s death in scalding shower The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the death in a scalding shower of a Florida prisoner and may conduct a broader civil rights probe of state prisons. Existence of […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 7

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Man guilty in 2002 Florida terror plot deported to Pakistan A man who pleaded guilty in 2002 to a Florida terror plot involving plans to blow up electric power stations and a National Guard armory has been deported to Pakistan. U.S. […]

Some areas still impacted by flood

Some areas still impacted by flood

Last April’s flooding exemplified the destructive force of water, testing the capability of area infrastructure with record-breaking rainfall. One year later, county officials are using knowledge gleaned in its aftermath to update the county’s flood mitigation plan. According to National Weather Service records, roughly 26 inches of rain fell in Santa Rosa County within 30 […]

Revised numbers: more than 98M tourists in 2014

Revised numbers: more than 98M tourists in 2014

Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that according to the revised preliminary 2014 visitation figure released by VISIT FLORIDA, 98.9 million people visited Florida last year, a 5.1 percent increase over the previous high of 93.7 million in 2013. This marks the second largest year-over-year visitor increase Florida has experienced in a decade, according to a release […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 29

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 29

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Nik Wallenda to walk untethered atop 400-foot Orlando Eye Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda intends to walk untethered atop the 400-foot Orlando Eye, the city’s new observation Ferris wheel. Wallenda will do the walk as the wheel spins, […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 7

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 7

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Reversing course, Gov. Scott opposes Medicaid expansion Gov. Rick Scott reversed course Monday, saying he no longer supports Medicaid expansion as talks break down over Florida’s request for the federal government to extend funds to hospitals that serve low-income […]

Gov. Scott reverses course, opposes Medicaid expansion

Gov. Scott reverses course, opposes Medicaid expansion

Gov. Rick Scott is reversing course and says he no longer supports Medicaid expansion in a move that threatens to undo budget talks between the state House and Senate. In a statement Monday, Scott expressed concern that the federal government might not make good on its promise to fund Medicaid for an additional 800,000 Floridians. The […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for March 21

5 Things to Know in Florida for March 21

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.  Guilty plea set for Canadian man in Florida sex tourist case A Canadian man is scheduled to plead guilty to charges he traveled to Florida to have sex with someone investigators say he believed was an underage boy. A […]