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Rick Scott gets more time to respond to judicial appointments lawsuit

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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday granted Gov. Rick Scott‘s request for 14 extra days to respond to a lawsuit claiming he doesn’t have authority to appoint three new justices on the last day of his term. Scott general counsel Daniel Nordby filed the request Wednesday, asking to move the deadline to July 19. “Multiple extensions of time for the same filing are discouraged,” the court’s order says. “Absent extenuating circumstances, subsequent requests may be denied. All other times are extended…

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Haitian refugees get six-month extension, advocate reactions split

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Tens of thousands of Haitian refugees living in Florida received another six months to stay, news that some political leaders — primarily Democrats — are hailing as a victory. Others say it’s not enough. On Monday, U.S. Department of Homeland Security John F. Kelly announced his decision to extend — for an additional six months — the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti. This extension is effective July 23, 2017, through Jan. 22, 2018. That drew applause from Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie…

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Tampa Bay Rays extend center fielder Kevin Kiermaier’s contract

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Kevin Kiermaier was always one of the most popular Tampa Bay Rays. Now, he’ll be popular with his banker, too. Kiermaker, the Rays’ center fielder, signed a six-year, $53.5 million extension that will keep him in Tampa Bay through 2023. The agreement with Kiermaier marks the fourth time that Stuart Sternberg’s ownership group has guaranteed at least six years in a contract with a Rays player. Right-handed pitcher Chris Archer signed for a guaranteed six years (plus two club options)…

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Bucs retain defensive coordinator Mike Smith with extension

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The Tampa Bay Bucs have made their first big off-season signing, and it isn’t a player. The Bucs signed defensive coordinator Mike Smith to an extension shortly after Smith withdrew his name from consideration from the (now Los Angeles) Chargers. Tampa Bay came on late in the season in their 6-2 second half. They had 29 takeaways, and they led the league in third-down defense. The Bucs started the season slowly with new corners and new defensive ends. Smith, 57,…

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FSU’s Jimbo Fisher finds the rewards of staying in Tallahassee

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Turns out, not coaching at LSU is fairly lucrative. Just ask FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, who received a raise and a contract extension by staying home. FSU extended Fisher Monday, bumping his salary to $5.5 million and an extension through the 2024 football season. Fisher, whose name was mentioned with both LSU and Texas in the last month, will stick with his young talent with the Seminoles. Total guaranteed compensation over the length of the 8-year contract will reach $44.4 million.…

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Lightning gets another key piece of its puzzle under contract in Alex Killorn

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Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gave a lot of money to his star players this off-season. He did not forget about the the rest of the roster, however. Yzerman signed forward Alex Killorn to a seven-year contract extension on Sunday. Killorn, 26, scored 14 goals last season and added five more in the post-season. He tied for fourth in goals and points on the team. In all, Killorn has scored 53 goals and 15 goals in the playoffs.…

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In the end, it was too hard for Steven Stamkos to leave the Tampa Bay Lightning

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His mind wandered, but Steven Stamkos’ heart always remained in Tampa Bay. Stamkos, who agreed to an eight-year extension for $68 million dollars, surprised a lot of people around the league when he chose to stay. I felt in my heart that Tampa was always the place I wanted to stay,” Stamkos said. “It was just following your heart and being loyal to the organization that brought me up and made me the player and person that I am today.”…

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