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Legislature’s planned road project could benefit Florida’s richest man

A push in the state Legislature for a new toll road system through North-Central Florida could benefit the richest man in Florida.Thomas Peterffy, reportedly...

After sexual assault at Florida teen prison, state awards firm $16M deal

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice signed a $16 million contract last month with a private youth prison company facing a string of troubles...

Does the Legislature reflect the Florida populace? Nope. We crunched the demographic numbers

The Florida Legislature that begins its 2019 session today is older, wealthier, more Republican and less diverse than the state that it represents.A review...

The ups and downs of Advanced Placement: Roughly half the Florida kids who took...

In a swath of North Florida school districts, only a handful of high school students, at best, take top-level classes that can be a...
Graduation

Are impressive graduation rates in FL for real? State calculations eliminate thousands of kids,...

North Florida’s Suwannee County School District posted an almost perfect record for kids earning diplomas last school year -- a 96.2-percent graduation rate showing...

Don’t want antibiotics sprayed on your citrus? Sorry – it’s about to expand, big-time

The Trump administration has given the go-ahead for agricultural operations to spray antibiotics on nearly a half-million acres of Florida citrus, a move some...

The haves and have nots in state worker pay: Disparity looms large in Florida’s...

Tens of thousands of state workers earn an annual salary below the state average of roughly $43,500, but some high-echelon public employees earn six-figure...
banned books

The strange world of banned books in Florida prisons

More than eight years after it was published, author Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow continues to reap praise for its depiction of the...
Booking report

The FL Department of Education gave a top-level teaching certificate to a troubled substitute...

Lack of communication, confusion, and potential holes in state law reveal how a troubled substitute got – and kept -- a full-fledged, professional teaching...
Debris World Trade Center

Chasing the Saudi government’s connection to a Sarasota gated community and the 9/11 attacks:...

For many years, former Florida U.S. Sen. Bob Graham has been a lonely voice urging people to do something about Saudi Arabia.Now that a...

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