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Fla. Existing Home Sales Up 5% Last Year

Updated: 01/21/2011 - Existing home sales in 2010 were up 5 percent in Florida from the year before, a welcome sign that bodes well for homebuyers and sellers in 2011, Florida Realtors said Thursday, Jan. 20.

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A Bubbling New Drug Problem?

Updated: 01/21/2011 - Over the past 3 weeks, local hospitals have reported a significant rise in the number of people they've treated for ingesting bath salts. As Alexandra Hill tells us, sheriff's officials say they want to address the problem immediately.

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Sunshine State Budget Battle

Posted: 01/20/2011 - It's shaping up to be another tough year for state lawmakers. During their annual legislative session this spring, they'll have to find a way to balance a multi-billion dollar budget deficit. All the while, they're being pressured by governor Rick Scott to cut taxes, and as Troy Kinsey explains, they're already making it clear that something has to give.

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[UPDATE] Scott Tweets His Way to Voters

Posted: 01/21/2011 - Gov. Rick Scott, in his first widespread attempt to reach Florida voters since being inaugurated more than two weeks ago, took to the Internet Thursday night and Tweeted answers to voters’ questions in 140 characters or less for nearly 40 minutes.

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FAMU Receives Approval to Establish New Campus

Posted: 01/20/2011 - The Florida Board of Governors gave approval today for a new educational center for Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Crestview, Fla. FAMU will offer a Doctor of Pharmacy program at the new center beginning in fall 2012.

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Insurance Reduction Set for Hearing Next Week

Posted: 01/20/2011 - An ambitious property insurance rewrite with everything including the kitchen sink(hole) has been filed and will get its first public hearing next week as lawmakers try again to reduce costs for the industry.

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Temporary Cold Night Shelter Open Friday Through Sunday

Posted: 01/20/2011 - With low temperatures forecasted to once again drop below 35 degrees for three or more hours tomorrow night, Friday, Jan. 21, and the evenings of Saturday, Jan. 22, and Sunday, Jan. 23, a team of area human service agencies, local government and the faith-based community will once again open the temporary cold night shelter.

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Rep. Southerland Appointed to House Transportation Committee

Posted: 01/20/2011 - Congressman Steve Southerland announced his appointment to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which includes seats on two key subcommittees that shape economic growth, job creation, infrastructure development and tourism across North Florida.

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Scott Makes Personal Calls to Businesses: "Come to Florida"

Posted: 01/20/2011 - Rick Scott may have won Florida's governor's seat by making his main focus job creation. But how is he doing two weeks into his term? Job seekers at the Seminole Futures job fair weigh in on his progress..

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Twitter Town Hall

Posted: 01/20/2011 - Governor Rick Scott is reaching out to all Floridians with a computer and a Twitter account. Scott will host a Twitter Town Hall meeting tonight, from 7:00 to 7:30 EST. As Whitney Ray tells us, the online dialog comes one day after journalists accused Scott’s staff of limiting their access.

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Fla. Board of Governors Meeting

Posted: 01/20/2011 - The board that oversees Florida's public universities has approved an amendment paving the way for higher tuition rates for certain graduate level courses.

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Tallahassee Women Lawyers Honor Two for Pro Bono Work

Posted: 01/20/2011 - On January 19, 2011, during its Women’s Empowerment Series Program, The Power of Pro Bono, Tallahassee Women Lawyers (TWL) kicked off its Inspirational Service Honor program, honoring two women.

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242 Sea Turtles Released into the Gulf of Mexico

Posted: 01/20/2011 - Two hundred forty-two cold-stunned sea turtles removed from St. Joseph Bay this winter were released Wednesday, Jan. 20 into the Gulf of Mexico off Cape San Blas in Gulf County.

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Cannon: No Magic Bullet on Unemployment Tax Increase

Posted: 01/20/2011 - House Speaker Dean Cannon admitted Wednesday that one of the toughest problems lawmakers face - and one for which they don't have an answer right now - is how to pay unemployment compensation.

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Nelson Leans on Scott to Get on Board with Rail

Posted: 01/20/2011 - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson leaned hard on new Gov. Rick Scott on Jan. 19 to punch the state’s ticket for a high speed rail connecting Tampa and Orlando, particularly since the federal government has offered to pay 90 percent of the cost.

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Gay Adoption Not on Scott Admin Agenda Yet

Posted: 01/20/2011 - Gov. Rick Scott said he doesn't have a policy yet on adoptions by gay couples, but reiterated on Wednesday that he believes "adoption should be by a married couple."

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Bondi: Board of Med Can Move on Pill Mills

Posted: 01/20/2011 - Attorney General Pam Bondi said Gov. Rick Scott’s freeze on all new regulations will not hold up her office’s efforts to shutter pain clinics across the state that are dispensing superfluous amounts of prescription pain medicine to patients.

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Nelson, Haridopolos Share Stage for First Time

Updated: 01/20/2011 - Appearing at the same event for the first time since both acknowledged they are running for the U.S. Senate in 2012, Sen. Bill Nelson and Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos each said Jan. 20 that they hoped to be judged in that race by their records in office now.

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