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Florida lawmakers have started moving forward with a proposal to revamp rules for the payday-loan industry, allowing customers to borrow larger amounts of money over longer periods of time.

Putnam County power
Seminole Electric Cooperative

State regulators will hear arguments in March on proposals for two new power plants in Putnam and Pasco counties that would supply electricity to customers of electric cooperatives throughout Florida.

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With potential ramifications in courthouses across the state, the Florida Supreme Court says it will take up a dispute about whether a judge should be disqualified from a case because she is a Facebook friend with a lawyer.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a challenge to a Florida law that bars people from openly carrying firearms in public, ending a case that started nearly six years ago when a man was arrested in St. Lucie County.

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With regulators poised to take up the issue in January, the Sierra Club is challenging the need for a new Florida Power & Light plant in Broward County.  

White nationalist Richard Spencer
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Saying it expects a tab of at least $500,000 for beefed-up security, the University of Florida has announced that white nationalist leader Richard Spencer will speak on campus October 19.

Westwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
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Pointing to “impossible” timeframes, an industry group has filed a legal challenge to new requirements by Gov. Rick Scott's administration that nursing homes and assisted-living facilities quickly install generators to power air-conditioning systems.

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Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders signaled Tuesday that addressing Florida's deadly opioid epidemic will be a high-profile issue during the 2018 session, with Scott saying he will propose spending $50 million on programs such as drug treatment.

Westwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
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Florida nursing-home officials are making it clear they think it is unrealistic --- if not impossible --- to carry out a demand by Gov. Rick Scott that facilities quickly install generators that can power air-conditioning systems.

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BAPTIST HEALTH

In a legal battle drawing attention from medical groups across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court could be close to deciding whether to hear a Florida case about the disclosure of medical records.

Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear a case that challenged the constitutionality of a law that gives power to the State Board of Education in the approval of charter schools.

Justices turned down an appeal by the Palm Beach County School Board, which argued the law violates part of the state Constitution that gives local school boards the authority to “operate, control and supervise” public schools in their districts. As is common, the Supreme Court issued a one-page order that did not explain its reasons for declining to hear the case.

Jacksonville flooding
Robert Torbert

A key economist offered a sobering message Friday to state lawmakers: Forget having extra cash for next year's budget.

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The Florida Education Association teachers union has filed a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that the state's controversial “Best and Brightest” bonus program discriminates against older teachers and minorities.

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Hurricane Irma evacuees trying to return home can breathe a little easier.

The Florida Department of Transportation said Thursday the state will not have to close a portion of Interstate 75 in Alachua County, as Santa Fe River flooding has started to recede.

“As of this morning, FDOT engineers and state meteorologists do not believe that the Santa Fe River will reach a level to make the interstate unsafe,” a news release from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said.

greenhouses and plants
Loop's Nursery

A longtime Jacksonville nursery has received approval for a coveted medical-marijuana license, as state health officials continue carrying out a new law that resolved key issues about the rapidly emerging cannabis industry.

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