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Florida House members took the first step Thursday in seeking to withdraw Florida from a federal refugee-assistance program.

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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday requested the resignation of the state's tourism-marketing leader amid a controversy over an expired $1 million contract with a Miami hip-hop artist whom the governor praised for his "devotion to our great state."

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi offered little information Tuesday about her future or her discussions with President-elect Donald Trump, as she made one of her first appearances in Tallahassee since meeting with Trump last week in New York.

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A hurricane that hit North Florida, the continued spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a horrific massacre in Orlando haven't slowed the appeal of the Sunshine State for tourists, according to state officials.

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TALLAHASSEE — With recovery efforts underway south of Brevard County after Florida's Southeastern coast was pummeled by Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Rick Scott warned Friday morning that the state is only half-way through the powerful storm.

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TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi rejected renewed assertions Tuesday that a $25,000 political contribution from current Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump influenced her office in 2013 to dismiss allegations that Floridians had been bilked by Trump University.

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TALLAHASSEE — Eliminating the state's no-fault auto insurance system could save average Florida motorists 9.6 percent on their liability-coverage packages, or about $81 a year per car, according to a study released Wednesday by the state.

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Primary-election voters Tuesday approved the expansion of a renewable-energy tax break that backers say will help businesses and spark the expanded use of solar energy in Florida.

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There are five new cases of non-travel related Zika in Florida, four in Miami and one in Pinellas County on the Gulf Coast.

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TALLAHASSEE — The 2016 Florida Legislature appears to have been the richest in recent history.

And a couple of incoming freshmen, recently elected without opposition, could help make the 2017 class even wealthier.

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TALLAHASSEE — Wildlife officials will use input from an ongoing series of webinars to help make their case about how a black-bear hunt could be held later this year, even as many of the questions posed come from critics.

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TALLAHASSEE — Congressman Alan Grayson has long mocked his U.S. Senate primary opponent Patrick Murphy as not being a true Democrat.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University won't have to pay damages to a gun-rights group for incorrect information about firearms published in a 2015 football "game day" guide.

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida citrus growers could save more than $11 million in taxes they pay on boxes of oranges and grapefruit under a proposed Department of Citrus budget that would trim jobs to meet the demands of a troubled industry.

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TALLAHASSEE — The impasse over Florida's next insurance commissioner ended Friday.

Remaining in-house, Gov. Rick Scott and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater — in their third attempt to reach a joint recommendation on the high-profile job — agreed to promote Deputy Commissioner David Altmaier to become the state's top insurance regulator.

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