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  1. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  2. Poll: Are tougher penalties in Florida for texting while driving a good idea?

    State Roundup

    Florida lawmakers are considering making driving while texting a primary offense, so that law enforcement can pull you over if they see you do it.

  3. Bowen: Legislative lessons: Help needed, but is anybody paying attention?

    Legislature

    Nearly 300 Wesley Chapel High School seniors studying government and economics came to the Pasco legislative delegation meeting to watch democracy in action. They ended up witnessing a lesson that could have come from Miss Manners.

    “I love the enthusiasm today,’’ said state. Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills.
  4. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  5. Before budget ax fell, Visit Florida executives ran up hefty travel bills

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's tourism chiefs at Visit Florida spend a lot of public money taking trips to exotic places to promote Florida as a top worldwide destination.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott, left, and Ken Lawson, the CEO of Visit Florida, back in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  1. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  2. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  3. Before budget ax fell, Visit Florida executives ran up hefty travel bills

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's tourism chiefs at Visit Florida spend a lot of public money taking trips to exotic places to promote Florida as a top worldwide destination.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott, left, and Ken Lawson, the CEO of Visit Florida, back in March. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  4. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  5. Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott's disaster agency

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to reimburse Florida cities and counties for the cost of storm damage in a timely manner, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.

    Debris from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew piles up Oct. 8, 2016, in Vilano Beach in St. Johns County. Matthew hit the east coast of Florida more than a month after Hurricane Hermine and left a long trail of recovery costs unpaid by the state.
  1. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  2. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  3. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  4. Missed deadlines nothing new for Rick Scott's disaster agency

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's disaster management agency repeatedly violated federal requirements to reimburse Florida cities and counties for the cost of storm damage in a timely manner, agency auditors discovered in routine reviews.

    Debris from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew piles up Oct. 8, 2016, in Vilano Beach in St. Johns County. Matthew hit the east coast of Florida more than a month after Hurricane Hermine and left a long trail of recovery costs unpaid by the state.
  5. Florida Senate's top Democrat resigns after admitting affair with lobbyist

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate's top Democratic leader, Jeff Clemens, resigned Friday after admitting to having an affair with a lobbyist during the last legislative session, saying that repairing his personal life was impossible in while serving in the high profile role.

    "Effective today, I am resigning from the Florida Senate," Jeff Clemens said in a statement Friday. "I have made mistakes I [am] ashamed of, and for the past six months I have been focused on becoming a better person."
  1. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  2. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  3. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  1. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  2. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  3. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  1. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  2. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  3. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.

  1. Amid reports of rapes, beatings, cover-ups, grand jury to probe juvenile justice abuses

    State Roundup

    Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade's state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice …

  2. Did the Florida Legislature heed the warning in this 1997 sexual harassment case?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — There has been only one known legal case against the Florida Legislature for a sexual harassment claim, but that 20-year-old lawsuit could serve as a template if the Senate decides that allegations against Sen. Jack Latvala are legitimate.

    Linda Phelps, an assistant purchasing administrator for the now-defunct Joint Legislative Management Committee, sued the state after complaining of unwanted sexual advances by her boss, Bobby Hinson. She and her lawyers were awarded $165,000 in 1997, one of the costliest settlements for harassment in the state over the past 30 years. [Photo courtesy of Phelps]
  3. Florida governor seeks money to speed up dike construction

    Politics

    CLEWISTON — Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask the Legislature for $50 million to speed up a federal project aimed at strengthening the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee and better protect nearby towns from a potentially deadly failure.