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  1. Legalized medical marijuana signed into law by Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.

    Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation on Friday that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida.
  2. 'Garbage juice' seen as threat to drinking water in Florida Panhandle county

    Water

    To Waste Management, the nation's largest handler of garbage, the liquid that winds up at the bottom of a landfill is called "leachate," and it can safely be disposed of in a well that's 4,200 feet deep.

    Three samples that were displayed by Jackson County NAACP President Ronstance Pittman at a public meeting on Waste Management's deep well injection proposal. The sample on the left is full of leachate from the Jackson County landfill, the stuff that would be injected into the well. The sample on the right shows leachate after it's been treated at a wastewater treatment plant. The one in the middle is tap water.
  3. Rick Scott eyes Patronis as CFO, but it may not help him in Panhandle

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's expected pick of Jimmy Patronis as the state's next chief financial officer would be a solid addition to the Republican Party ticket but may not do much to smooth some rough waters developing in the Panhandle over schools, area Republicans said this week.

    Former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, left, is being considered by Gov. Rick Scott for the state’s chief financial officer. Patronis, seen with Scott in 2011, is considered one of the governor’s chief loyalists. (Associated Press)

  4. Security threats on voting system loom as Florida's elections officials gather in Polk County

    State Roundup

    DAVENPORT — Voting experts in Florida, the national epicenter of electoral suspense, have one concern above all others as they prepare for the 2018 election.

    Click. Cybersecurity.

    Ben Martin is chief operating officer of VR Systems, the Florida firm targeted by a Russian "phishing" attack in 2016. [Steve Bousquet | Tampa Bay Times]
  5. Citing water losses, Citizens Property Insurance approves rate hikes targeting south Florida

    Banking

    MAITLAND — Florida's state-run property insurer is moving forward with a rate hike for 2018, but its 62,000 policyholders in Tampa Bay are largely being spared.

    Barry Gilway, CEO of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., said a hike in rates is necessary because the state Legislature did not address a crisis tied to non-weather related water claims. 
[AP file photo}
  6. PolitiFact Florida: Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum overstates campaign donors

    Gubernatorial

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says he outperformed his rivals for Florida governor in a key fundraising metric despite having less name recognition and taking time off from the campaign.

    Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks at the Capital Tiger Bay Club on  May 31.
  7. Legislature's most interesting man is also its most contradictory

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — If he were being cast for a television commercial, House Speaker Richard Corcoran would likely win the part this year as "the most interesting man in Tallahassee."

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  8. Sneak peek: We rode SeaWorld's Kraken coaster while wearing virtual reality goggles

    Florida

    Even without virtual reality goggles, the Kraken rollercoaster at SeaWorld can be scary. It climbs to 150 feet, turns riders upside down seven times and reaches speeds of 65 mph.

    Riders use the VR goggles for SeaWorld's Kraken roller coaster. (Sharon Kennedy Wynne  |  Times)
  9. PolitiFact Florida: Sarah Palin's post about Paris accord uses 2011 photo of Florida House

    Legislature

    It's clear that Sarah Palin hates the Paris climate agreement.

    Sarah Palin shared a viral post about the Paris accord that uses an unrelated photo of Florida House members from 2011.
  10. When Legislature faltered, Rick Scott took advantage

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The midnight phone call to Senate President Joe Negron from Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 1st was not unexpected.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, addresses legislators and media at the end of the special session on Friday as Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, left, and Gov. Rick Scott look on. [AP | Steve Cannon]