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Gas supplies get boost as tankers head to ports

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Oil tankers are streaming into Florida’s ports as demand for gasoline spikes with Hurricane Irma evacuees returning home.

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Florida official: There are no ticket quotas for troopers

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The head of the Florida agency that oversees state’s highway patrol insists troopers don’t have ticket quotas.

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Higher pay sought for FHP troopers

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Short about 200 troopers and seeking higher salaries to be more competitive with other law-enforcement agencies, the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is backing Gov. Rick Scott‘s call to boost pay as part of an election-year budget plan.

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Rick Scott: No hard feelings between him and Richard Corcoran

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Chalk it up to “passion.” Or politics. Gov. Rick Scott, speaking to reporters after a Wednesday bill signing, explained away the open tension between him and House Speaker Richard Corcoran after the House this year tried to gut VISIT FLORIDA and do away with economic development organization Enterprise Florida, his two favored state agencies. By the end of the recent Special Session, however, lawmakers agreed to the creation of an $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to be controlled by Scott,…

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Actually, crash data shows mixed bag

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When it comes to crashes at Florida’s controversial red-light camera intersections, all may not be what it seems. As Florida lawmakers gear up for battle once again over the use of red light cameras statewide, a new report by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offers a decidedly mixed bag for both sides of the debate. On the one hand, the DHSMV released data Dec. 31 showing automobile accidents are up across Florida in the 2015-16 fiscal year, including…

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Florida Highway Patrol warns of traffic citation scam

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The Florida Highway Patrol is warning drivers of a scam involving fraudulent traffic citations. In a news release sent Tuesday night, the agency said a company representing itself as the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles – or DHSMV – demands payment for “citations.” According to the agency, the scam goes like this. Drivers receive emails requesting payment of a citation within a certain timeframe. If the payment isn’t received on time, the company will demand a daily late…

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Bill Nelson wants probe into Florida’s use of driver records

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Sen. Bill Nelson wants a federal investigation of how Florida uses the personal information of its 15 million licensed drivers. The Florida Democrat wrote U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Friday asking her to probe whether the state is selling information for marketing purposes without the drivers’ consent in violation of federal law. Nelson made the request after WTVT-TV reported that 75 companies are getting information in bulk from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and that the…

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