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Senate Plans Deep Cuts in HHS

Posted: 03/22/2011 - A new Senate budget proposal would cut at least $1 billion from health- and human services programs, slamming hospitals, mental-health treatment and care for thousands of people with debilitating illnesses.

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Union Dues Measure Headed to House Floor

Posted: 03/22/2011 - In the latest round in a bitter feud between organized labor and the Legislature’s Republican majority, the House Appropriations Committee sent to the House floor a proposal to ban the state from collecting union dues and potentially limit the use of those dues for political purposes.

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Fla. Courts May Furlough Without Emergency Cash

Posted: 03/22/2011 - Facing an immediate $72 million shortfall because of the unforeseen slowdown in foreclosures to wrestle with the “robosigning” scandal, Supreme Court Chief Justice Canady is asking lawmakers and to approve emergency transfers to avoid furloughs of court personnel.

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4G LTE Network to Expand to Tallahassee in 2011

Posted: 03/22/2011 - The nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/Long-Term Evolution) wireless network will be available to customers in the core areas of Tallahassee in 2011, Verizon Wireless announced.

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Elections Panel Okays to Fundraising, Amendment Bills

Posted: 03/22/2011 - A pair of bills dealing with political fundraising and amendments to the Florida Constitution passed the Senate Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections on March 21 despite complaints from critics that the measures would give more power to wealthy donors and the Legislature.

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$2 Million Grant Aims to Test Students More Completely

Posted: 03/22/2011 - Researchers at Florida State University will use a three-year, $2 million U.S. Department of Education grant to investigate ways to improve how students are assessed in middle-school science classes.

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[UPDATE] Governor Scott Names Health Care Leadership Team

Updated: 03/22/2011 - Gov. Rick Scott’s appointees to lead the state’s two health agencies came as a pleasant surprise to some people who know them because neither is a political crony of Scott’s and both have solid records of achievement.

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Hilton Attorney Reassigned

Posted: 03/21/2011 - Ines Suber will no longer handle death penalty cases; boss says not related to Hilton verdict

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Stricter Abortion Notice Rules for Minors Advance

Posted: 03/21/2011 - Seeking to make a 2005 law more effective, a House panel on Monday approved a bill meant to make it harder for girls to get an abortion without their parents knowing about it.

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Sansom Trial Begins

Posted: 03/21/2011 - The trial that promises to expose the inner workings and sometimes backroom dealings of the Florida State legislature began today (3-21). It centers on Former House Speaker Ray Sansom and his roll in trying to secure six million state dollars to benefit political contributors.

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Wakulla Co. to Dedicate Bridge

Posted: 03/21/2011 - On March 26, 2011, Wakulla County will host a ceremony to dedicate the new Wakulla River “Lower Bridge” as the Gretchen Evans Memorial Bridge.

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[UPDATE] Florida Education Commissioner to Resign

Updated: 03/22/2011 - Dr. Eric Smith informed the members of the State Board of Education of his intention to resign as Florida’s Commissioner of Education effective June 10, 2011.

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Merit Pay Moves Forward, Budget Gap Goes Backward

Posted: 03/21/2011 - Once you’re over a billion, a couple hundred million more is barely noticeable. Still, when you’re trying to erase a budget deficit that’s more than $3 billion, you’d prefer to have new numbers come along that make that smaller, getting you closer to your goal.

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Fans React to Florida State's Upset Notre Dame

Updated: 03/21/2011 - Florida State showed there's more to its game than defense with a 71-57 upset of second-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday night that put the Seminoles in the regional semifinals for the first time since 1993.

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