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Central Florida state Sen. Debbie Mayfield has asked the Legislature’s auditing and accountability office to study JEA’s involvement in a faltering and increasingly expensive nuclear power project, citing it as an “alarming example” of “potential mismanagement” at the city-owned electric, water and sewer utility.

First Coast residents with connections to Iran are expressing optimism about this week’s announcement of a nuclear deal with the Persian state.  The agreement, which was years in the making, was struck to keep Iran from producing enough material for an atomic weapon for at least 10 years. It also imposes new provisions for inspections of Iranian facilities, including military sites.  And the deal is seen as giving an economic boost to Iran, which stands to finally rid itself of internationally-imposed sanctions and receive more than $100 billion in assets frozen overseas.  Reaction to the deal has been mixed though, with many Republicans denouncing the agreement. We discussed the deal with Marilyn McAfee, retired Ambassador and career foreign service officer who spent more than four years in Iran.


For her ongoing series "Fallout," Jeanine Michna-Bales has been photographing Cold-War era nuclear shelters across the country, including the Jacksonville Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center. Wired interviewed the artists and has some photos from the project.

A Tallahassee lawmaker and a South Florida mayor are planning to ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott to stop the expansion of a Miami nuclear power plant. Scott and his cabinet will hear from Florida Power and Light Tuesday about its plans to add reactors to its Turkey Point plant.

Some of the sanctions against Iran will be eased under an agreement reached between Iran and six world powers over the weekend. In return, Iran promises to temporarily curb part of its nuclear program.

There's widespread agreement that sanctions have worked, squeezing Iran financially and bringing its leaders to the negotiating table. Iran's economy is, by any measure, in terrible shape.

Iran's proposal for easing the standoff over its nuclear program got seemingly positive initial reviews at Tuesday's start of multiparty talks in Geneva.

A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the Iranian delegation had made a PowerPoint presentation outlining the plan at the beginning of the two-day session. The spokesman said the plan had been received with "cautious optimism" but gave no further details of the close-door meeting, describing the proceedings as "confidential."

Iran has arrested four people who it says were intent on sabotaging facilities in its nuclear program. The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran says the four are now being questioned.

"Some time ago, a number of people were arrested in one of the (nuclear) facilities when they were involved in planning activities," Ali Akbar Salehi said Sunday, according to Iran's state-run Tasnim News Agency.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A West African man will not be released on bail before he goes to trial on U.S. charges that he tried to broker a deal to ship uranium ore to Iran.