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AIF, Construction Groups Say Casinos Will Create Jobs

Posted: 12/07/2011 - Associated Industries of Florida and construction-industry groups Tuesday touted bills that would allow major resort casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, saying the proposals would help a building industry that has been hammered by job losses in recent years.

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Scott Mum on FRS Plans in Budget Proposal

Posted: 12/07/2011 - Gov. Rick Scott refused to specifically confirm reports that his proposed budget won't include higher payments into the Florida Retirement system for state workers.

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Scott: Why is Citizens Insuring New Construction?

Posted: 12/07/2011 - In what is likely to make builders and other trade groups a little nervous, Gov. Rick Scott asked the head of the state-backed property insurer why the government-backed company should offer coverage to those who want to build new houses near the beach.

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Bill Could Block Drug Felons From Getting Welfare

Posted: 12/07/2011 - A Senate Republican has filed a bill that would block people convicted on felony drug charges from being eligible for welfare benefits unless they can prove they have completed drug-treatment programs.

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Cities Outline Wish List

Posted: 12/07/2011 - The Florida League of Cities outlined a list of legislative priorities, urging Senate Community Affairs Committee members to avoid the temptation to restrict the ability of local officials to levy taxes.

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FAMU President Reprimanded by Board of Trustees

Updated: 12/09/2011 - Florida A&M University's Board of Trustees has voted to reprimand the school's president following the death of a band member in what detectives say was an incident related to hazing.

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Crafty Vet Makes Birdhouses

Updated: 12/07/2011 - A retired Vietnam Vet builds birdhouses as a living now. From start to finish, he makes the entire product and goes to market shows to flaunt his crafty creations.

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Florida's Ethanol Bill Under Repeal

Posted: 12/06/2011 - Three years ago the state adopted fuel standards requiring that every gallon of gas sold in Florida contain 10 percent ethanol. Now efforts are underway to repeal the requirement

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More Changes to Come for Citizens Insurance Rates?

Posted: 12/06/2011 - Condominium owners and million-dollar property owners are likely to see increased insurance costs from Citizens, the state run insurer of last resort. Plus, all Citizens customers will see less coverage for the same premium, but all Citizens customers, are in the bullseye for higher rates.

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