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Florida Lawmakers Pass Historic Medicaid Overhaul

Posted: 05/06/2011 - The House has approved a historic proposal that makes sweeping changes to the Medicaid program, putting the care of nearly 3 million beneficiaries into the hands of private companies and hospital networks.

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Database Deal

Updated: 05/07/2011 - Controversy over a prescription drug database is being put to rest. The Florida House and Senate have reach a deal that keeps the prescription drug database in place and stiffens penalties for doctors and pharmacists that prescribe large qualities of painkillers to people who don't need them.

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Lawmakers Send Unemployment Package to Governor

Posted: 05/06/2011 - The Legislature on Friday gave final approval to a bill that will cut the duration of state unemployment benefits, linking the time those benefits are available to the strength of the economy.

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Florida Budget Winners and Losers

Updated: 05/06/2011 - Hospitals and schools are the biggest losers in this year’s 69 billion dollar state budget.The state will also privatize about a fourth of the state prison system.

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[UPDATE] Tar Balls Washing Up Along Franklin Co. Coastline

Updated: 05/06/2011 - Representatives of the Coast Guard and SWS cleaned 18 miles of beachfront and collected approximately 8 quart size bags of oil product, sea weed and shells, according to Pamela Brownell, Director for Franklin County Emergency Management.

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Celebrate Mother's Day With Florida State Parks

Posted: 05/06/2011 - In honor of Mother's Day, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Florida State Parks will offer 50 percent off day-use admission for any group that visits a state park with their mother on Sunday, May 8, 2011.

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Blueprint 2000 to Hold a Bridge Design Charette

Updated: 05/06/2011 - Blueprint 2000 will hold a Bridge Design Charette for the Capital Cascade Connector Pedestrian Bridge. This meeting will enable the community to jointly explore bridge concepts and features to determine design preferences for this new pedestrian bridge which will cross over South Monroe Street.

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Wakulla FCAT Writing Scores Excel in State Rankings

Updated: 05/06/2011 - Wakulla County students made top marks on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in Writing. Students in grades 4, 8 and 10 took this state essay test in March and the scores were released on May 4, 2011.

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[UPDATE] Fla. Senate Passes Historic Medicaid Overhaul

Updated: 05/06/2011 - The Senate approved a historic proposal to make sweeping changes to the Medicaid program, putting the care of nearly 3 million beneficiaries into the hands of private companies and hospital networks.

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FWC Offering Additional Hog Hunting Opportunities

Posted: 05/06/2011 - Due to an abundance of wild hogs, FWC is encouraging hog hunters to take part in Small Game Area hunts during the coming months in an effort to reduce number of hogs.

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[UPDATE] What Defines Sinkhole? Property Insurance Heads to Scott

Posted: 05/06/2011 - Florida lawmakers sent a sweeping property insurance re-write to Gov. Rick Scott that includes a number of industry-backed efforts but falls short of giving the industry all it asked for, including a provision to allow them to drop sinkhole coverage all together.

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[UPDATE] May Soon Be Harder to Get Abortion in Florida

Updated: 05/06/2011 - After an emotional debate that touched on the role of government and personal values, the Florida Senate gave final approval to a bill that will require ultrasounds before women can have abortions.

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[UPDATE] Welfare Recipients Must Drug Test

Posted: 05/06/2011 - Applicants for temporary cash assistance from the state would have to pass a drug test before collecting a dime under a controversial measure passed by the Senate on May 5 that now travels to Gov. Rick Scott.

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