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Power not restored at 50 nursing homes

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Commercial power had not been restored Friday morning to 50 nursing homes after getting knocked out by Hurricane Irma, according to the Florida Health Care Association, an industry group.

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Focus turns to recovery after Irma’s exit

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More than 5.5 million homes and businesses in Florida remained without power at midday Tuesday after Hurricane Irma plowed through the state. The top to return to homes was underway in most areas outside the storm-ravaged lower Florida Keys.

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Kathy Castor wants increased federal disaster aid for Florida after Irma

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Tampa Democratic Representative Kathy Castor is pressing for an increase in federal disaster aid to the highest share possible to help Floridians recover rapidly from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

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Rick Scott defends record-setting budget vetoes

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday defended his latest round of budget vetoes, which set a modern-day record for a governor but came from a long list of spending projects, including money intended for public universities and compensation for homeowners whose trees were torn down by the state. Scott late last week vetoed nearly $11.9 billion from the state budget as part of a private deal he worked out with legislative leaders. Legislators will return to the state Capitol for…

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Florida Supreme Court agrees to take up slot machine dispute

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The Florida Supreme Court is taking up a long-running legal dispute that could result in slot machines being added at dog and horse tracks across the state. The 1st District Court of Appeal in early October ruled that slot machines couldn’t be installed at a facility west of Tallahassee. But the decision was unusual because the court overturned its own decision. The court had ruled in May that slot machines were allowed because Gadsden County voters approved a referendum authorizing…

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Bucs import another punter into their competition

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Might the Tampa Bay Bucs be prepared to kick their punter to the curb? Punter Michael Koenen, coming off the worst year of his career, faces a new challenge in his efforts to hold on as the team punter. Koenen averaged  40.4 yards per punt last year, 10th in the NFL. The Bucs claimed Cleveland punter Spencer Lanning, who averaged 44.3 yards per punt. Lanning (5-11, 200) has spent the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2013-14), appearing in…

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