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Hurricane Irma causes $2.5B in damage to Florida crops

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State officials say Hurricane Irma caused more than $2.5 billion in damage to Florida’s agricultural community.

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Environmental lawsuit over ‘Amendment 1’ funding set for trial

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A Tallahassee judge has set a trial week in a lawsuit over the state’s environmental funding under a constitutional amendment passed almost three years ago. Circuit Judge Charles Dodson scheduled a weeklong bench trial for next July 23-27, with a pretrial conference set for June 15, court records show. Discovery in the case was ordered finished by May 25.

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DEP seeks $50M for Florida Forever

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A request is on the desk of Gov. Rick Scott to replenish the state’s most prominent land-preservation fund. The Department of Environmental Protection‘s wish list for the 2018-2019 fiscal year—presented to Scott last week as the governor’s office crafts budget recommendations for the Legislature—includes $50 million for the Florida Forever program.

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Adam Putnam: Hack of concealed weapons list produced names only

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Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam moved Tuesday to calm fears amid reports that hackers into his agency’s computers might have compromised the identities of 16,000 concealed weapons permit holders. “We on average had 100 attacks a month into our system that we successfully fight back,” Putnam told reporters following the morning’s Cabinet meeting. “This was an unprecedented attack. It came just a couple of days before the global hack that occurred. We know that it originated overseas, and we’re learning…

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Adam Putnam plays down aides’ departure from his campaign for governor

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Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam suggested Tuesday that the departure of two key aides from his campaign for governor was no big deal. “You’re always adjusting and modifying as you move forward,” Putnam said, adding that he wished both ex-staffers well. Speaking to reporters following Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Putnam emphasized the crowds at his campaign stops thus far. “We had a fantastic launch — 2000 people in downtown Bartow; a minimum of 22 stops across the state. You missed a…

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Rick Scott declares emergency as wildfires burn and forecast looks dire

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Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Tuesday because of the outbreak of wildfires across the state, and the potential for additional conflagrations amid forecasts of hot, dry weather. The fires have consumed 250 percent more acreage during the first three months of the year, compared to the same period in 2016, Scott said. More than 100 fires are burning across more than 20,000 acres. “As wildfires impact our state, our incredible firefighters and first responders have bravely rushed…

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Pam Bondi still a rock star with Florida’s GOP voters, new AIF poll shows

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Florida’s top lawmakers and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are struggling with low name identification among likely Republican voters, but that isn’t the case for Attorney General Pam Bondi according to a new poll from statewide business advocate Associated Industries of Florida. The AIF poll of likely Republican voters obtained by FloridaPolitics.com found that 54 percent approve of the job the second-term Attorney General is doing, while just 12 percent have an unfavorable view and 17 percent said they had no opinion.…

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