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St. Joe Exec Named to Head Growth Agency

Posted: 01/06/2011 - An executive at the St. Joe Co., which has led an explosion of residential and commercial development that has transformed the Florida Panhandle, was named late Wednesday to head the state agency responsible for overseeing growth.

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Scott's Order Freezing Rules Drawing Heat

Posted: 01/06/2011 - With Gov. Rick Scott freezing agency regulations and ordering checks on the immigration status of state workers, the wide-ranging effect of his opening-day political statements was still being gauged Wednesday, Jan. 5.

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Fla. Senate Sets Stage for Immigration Debate

Posted: 01/06/2011 - The first of three immigration meetings set for Monday will be the Senate’s first look at a debate over a comprehensive Arizona-style measure, a topic that Gov. Rick Scott made one of the biggest social issues of his campaign for governor.

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Rich: 'Dallying' Costing KidCare Millions

Posted: 01/06/2011 - Florida’s failure to qualify for new money to enroll more children in the state’s subsidized children’s health insurance program is due to legislative inaction, said Senate Democratic leader Nan Rich.

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Man Gets Life for Fatal Robbery

Posted: 01/05/2011 - A Florida Panhandle man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a bar patron during a robbery.

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Scott Ready to Get to Work with New Legislature

Posted: 01/05/2011 - The inaugural festivities are over and it's time to get to work for Governor Rick Scott. Scott is working to create jobs in Florida, but he can't do it alone. Much of what the new governor wants to do will take legislative approval. As Whitney Ray tells us, Scott's ace in the hole is his Lt. Governor, Jennifer Carroll, and she's already using her background as a lawmaker to get the ball rolling on job creation.

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Panel: Massive Oil Spill Could Happen Again

Posted: 01/05/2011 - The presidential panel investigating the BP oil well blowout says that a series of risky decisions that saved time and money caused the disaster -- and the incident could happen again without significant reforms.

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Sinkhole Report to Become Legislative Fodder

Posted: 01/05/2011 - A state-run insurance pool, stricter regulations on public insurance adjusters and shifting the burden of proof on claims are among the options posed by Senate committee for curbing sinkhole claims that have tripled since 2006.

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Cold December Adds to 2010 Manatee Death Toll

Posted: 01/05/2011 - Two periods of unusually cold weather in 2010 contributed to the number of manatee deaths for the year being more than double the yearly average of the past five years.

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Governor's Ball: A Black Tie Affair

Updated: 01/05/2011 - Yesterday's inauguration celebration was capped off with a black-tie affair for contributors and anyone who was willing to pay $95 for a ticket.

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Fire at Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity

Posted: 01/05/2011 - At 12:49am this morning Tallahassee Firefighters responded to a fire at 423 W College Ave., the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

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Jeb 'On Call' if Scott Needs Him

Posted: 01/05/2011 - "My role in life as a former is to be on call," said former Gov. Jeb Bush, who was in Tallahassee for Scott's swearing in ceremony.

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[UPDATE] Florida Parole Commission Releases Dying Inmate

Updated: 02/08/2011 - The panel voted 2-1 Wednesday in Tallahassee to release Betsie Gallardo to a Miami hospice. Last week she was moved from prison to a secure area of the Kendall Regional Medical Center.

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Atwater Sworn in as CFO

Posted: 01/05/2011 - Jeff Atwater became the state’s newest chief financial officer on Tuesday and pledged to take a hard look at the agencies he oversees while fighting fraud in the industries he regulates.

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Bondi is New Attorney General

Posted: 01/05/2011 - Former Hillsborough County prosecutor Pam Bondi, flanked by family members, was sworn in Tuesday as Florida’s attorney general, pledging to continue the state’s fight against the federal health care overhaul and help Florida businesses recover from the oil spill.

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