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Rick Scott: Florida unemployment lowest in decade

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Gov. Rick Scott said ‘let there be jobs’—and there were jobs. And the jobs numbers were good. In fact, in one key metric—the official unemployment rate—the numbers were the best in a decade. Florida’s unemployment rate “has dropped to its lowest rate in 10 years and nearly 18,000 new jobs were created for families across the state in June,” Scott said in a statement.

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Brady Singer’s 12 Ks lead Gators over LSU 4-3 in CWS finals opener

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Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings, Jonathan India doubled in two runs, and Florida beat LSU 4-3 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night. The Gators (51-19) need a win Tuesday or Wednesday to earn their first national championship in baseball. Singer’s strikeout total was highest by a single pitcher in a CWS finals game. Singer (9-5) limited LSU (52-19) to three singles before Antoine Duplantis homered in the sixth. He left…

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Gators’ Brady Singer hums along in 5-1 CWS win over Louisville

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Brady Singer pitched seven strong innings and Austin Langworthy and Deacon Liput homered to lead Florida to a 5-1 win over Louisville in the College World Series on Tuesday night. The Gators (49-18) have won their first two CWS games for the first time in four appearances since opening 3-0 and reaching the finals in 2011. Louisville (53-11) managed one run on six hits and struck out nine times against Singer (8-5). Florida pitchers finished with 10 strikeouts, making it…

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Florida Democrats express outrage, Republicans concern, over possible exit from Paris climate accord

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Florida Democrats slammed the anticipated announcement by President Donald Trump that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, while several Florida Republicans urged Trump to keep America in the agreement. Members of Congress and other political leaders were reacting late Tuesday and Wednesday to reports that Trump intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which all member countries except Syria and Nicaragua signed, to set goals…

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Bad news for Andrew Gillum? Tallahassee named most dangerous city in Florida

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum received some possibly unsettling news this week. The Democratic candidate for governor, who has led Tallahassee since November 2014, learned that his city is the most dangerous in Florida. That dubious distinction came by way of a survey from the blog 24/7 Wall St, which reviewed data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report to identify the dangerous metropolitan area in each state. Tallahassee had 767 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents in 2015, far more than in any…

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Boats in Florida inching up after slumping all decade

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Almost a decade after the number of boaters in Florida took a nosedive, the number of registered vessels is inching its way back up. Florida Today reported Saturday that there were more than 95,000 fewer registered vessels in 2016 than a decade earlier. That’s a 9.3 percent dip. The number of boats in Florida bottomed out in 2013 at almost 897,000 vessels. It has gradually increased over the past three years and that figure now stands at more than 931,000 boats.…

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4 Florida top-30 college baseball teams push toward post season

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Heading into the final weekend of regular season play, four Florida teams are ranked among the top 30 in college baseball. The Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) is one of the tools used to choose the 64-team NCAA Tournament field and barring any disasters, Florida, Florida State, South Florida and Central Florida should hear their names called on selection day in less than two weeks. In an unusual occurrence, Florida State fans must realize they have seen their team play at…

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