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Jacksonville has the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths in the state, according to an annual Florida Department of Law Enforcement report.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Tuesday unveiled his last budget proposal as the state’s chief executive in Jacksonville.

Scott said it represents a historic investment across the board.


State Senators Back College System Revamp Amid Graduation Rate Concerns

Nov 14, 2017
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A plan to create a statewide board to oversee Florida's state and community colleges advanced Monday, while college presidents raised objections to a proposed cap on four-year degrees and a stricter performance measure for graduation that are part of the legislation.

Scott Committee Spends More than $1.2 Million On Ads

Nov 13, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott's “Let's Get to Work” political committee spent more than $1.2 million in October on advertising, amid widespread speculation that Scott will run for U.S. Senate next year.

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After years of failed attempts to expand Medicaid insurance coverage in Florida, one recently-formed group is pushing for something more — single payer.

Normally that means complete government control of health insurance.

But the drive for a package of constitutional amendments is focusing on a strategy that keeps private insurance intact.


Florida Universities To Bolster Mental Health Services

Nov 10, 2017
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Spurred by the state Board of Governors, Florida universities will hire 56 mental-health professionals this year and a total of 105 over the next four years.

‘Pregnancy Support Services’ Bill Divides Senators

Nov 8, 2017
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A Senate panel on Tuesday narrowly approved a bill that would place into law a program that seeks to dissuade women from having abortions.


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The future of three low-performing Duval County schools is up in the air, as the district has to tell the state by Nov. 15 what it plans to do if they don’t make grades of at least a C this school year, said Superintendent Patricia Willis in a school board workshop Tuesday.

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A bill that would create a Florida system parallel to the existing federal Veterans Health Administration passed its first committee hearing Tuesday.

It would allow veterans to opt into the state’s Medicaid system in addition to or even instead of the VA.


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Sen. Jack Latvala was stripped Monday of his powerful role as Senate budget chief during an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, which Gov. Rick Scott called “disgusting.”

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