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School Choice Plan Emerging

Posted: 12/15/2010 - As Governor-elect Rick Scott prepares to take office in a few weeks, an aide to Gov. Jeb Bush who also serves on Scott’s transition team is preparing a plan that would give Florida students public dollars to pay for private or virtual school, tutoring or a college prepaid plan.

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Tallahassee Quarterback Club Awards

Posted: 12/15/2010 - The Tallahassee Quarterback Club wrapped up their meetings for the season with their annual jamboree awards presentation.

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Senate: Extend Review Time for Offshore Drilling

Posted: 12/14/2010 - A bill moving toward approval in the Senate would increase by 60 days the amount of time the Interior Department has to conduct environmental and safety reviews of offshore drilling projects.

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Florida's Budget Hole Now at Least $3.5 Billion

Posted: 12/14/2010 - Florida’s budget shortfall hit at least $3.5 billion Tuesday as analysts dialed-back the state’s revenue forecast, saying sluggish tax collections and a still-faltering economy are complicating the balancing act facing Gov.-elect Rick Scott and legislators.

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Pet Lemon Law

Updated: 12/14/2010 - State Inspectors are conducting random inspections to make sure pet stores are selling healthy dogs and cats. Last year the sting operations uncovered four Florida stores in violation of the state’s pet lemon law. As Whitney Ray tells us, people buying pets this holiday season should ask the seller for the animal’s paperwork and vaccination sheet.

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Emergency Contact Registration

Updated: 12/14/2010 - Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is driving home the idea of everyone registering emergency contacts.

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BP and Florida Business Impacts

Updated: 12/14/2010 - Florida retailers are asking BP to sponsor seven sales tax holidays to make up for the damage caused by the company’s oil spill.

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FAMU Law Students Propose Child Custody Bill

Posted: 12/14/2010 - FAMU Law students are working with Jim Kallinger, Florida’s Chief Child Advocate, to compose a proposed bill that, if it were to become law, would require parents of children in state custody to pay child support to the State of Florida.

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[UPDATE] Water Wars

Posted: 12/14/2010 - Gov.-elect Nathan Deal said his state budget proposal will contain borrowing for new reservoirs as Georgia tries to resolve a long-standing three-state water dispute.

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Task Force Nabs Fugitive in Wakulla

Updated: 12/14/2010 - WCSO, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, arrested a 36-year-old Crawfordville man in connection with five outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court.

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Organized Crime Figure Sentenced to 30 Years

Posted: 12/14/2010 - Alejandrino Popoca, 33, of Foley, Alabama, the head of a multi-state cocaine trafficking ring, was sentenced last week to 30 years in federal prison for drug and firearms charges.

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US Names 6 Soldiers Killed in Afghan Attack

Posted: 12/14/2010 - The military has named six American soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan that was the deadliest attack on coalition troops there this month. Two from Florida.

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Scott - and Rail - Ally Could Save Bullet Train

Posted: 12/14/2010 - A supporter of Gov.-elect Rick Scott who is so on the outs with legislative leaders that speculation has mounted she might end up in his administration may hold the key to the future of a high speed rail connecting Tampa and Orlando.

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Smokers Not Allowed

Posted: 12/14/2010 - If you smoke, don't bother applying for a job at two central Florida hospitals. They won't hire you.

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With Court OK, PSC to Consider FPL Rate Settlement

Posted: 12/14/2010 - Four months after it was agreed to, a deal reached by the state’s largest power company and several consumer advocates to freeze base electric rates for the company for two years could be ratified by the Florida Public Service Commission today (12/14).

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