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Associated Press announces pre-session meeting lineup

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The Associated Press’ annual pre-Legislative Session planning meeting and preview will be Nov. 2, with Gov. Rick Scott again the lead speaker, the news service announced Friday. Scott has used the meeting to release his yearly proposed state budget.

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White House distances Donald Trump from Paul Manafort after AP report

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The White House is distancing itself from former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, saying his secret work for a Russian billionaire detailed in an Associated Press report happened during “the last decade.” White House press secretary Sean Spicer says nothing in Wednesday’s AP report references any action by the president, the White House or any Trump administration official. Spicer says Trump was not aware of Manafort’s clients from the past decade and there are “no suggestions” Manafort did anything…

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Press organizations file brief in workers’ compensation rate hike appeal

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The Associated Press, Florida Press Association, and Florida First Amendment Foundation have entered the legal battle over whether the state’s Sunshine Law covered the organization behind the state’s workers’ compensation premium increase. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the three accused the National Council on Compensation Insurance, or NCCI, of employing “an evasive device” to get around its legal obligation to calculate premiums in the sunshine. They pointed to a section of the insurance code requiring organizations like NCCI, which proposes rates…

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Rick Scott to roll out his spending plan

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is announcing his annual budget recommendations next week. Scott plans to release details of his spending plan on Tuesday during the annual legislative planning session hosted by The Associated Press. The Florida Legislature will consider Scott’s budget request during the session that starts in March. The Republican governor has already outlined some recommendations. Scott this week called on legislators to slash taxes by $618 million this year. Legislators usually use the governor’s budget recommendations as the…

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Pulse nightclub massacre is Florida’s top story of 2016

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The massacre of 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando has been voted Florida’s top story of 2016. The state’s newspaper editors said in an Associated Press poll that the second-biggest story of the year was Florida resident Donald Trump‘s defeat of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Florida by 1.3 percentage points in the presidential race. Florida’s two hurricanes, the impact of Cuban leader Fidel Castro‘s death and an outbreak of the Zika virus tied for third place. In…

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Power goes out for more than an hour at Universal Studios

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Power went out for more than an hour and a half at Universal Studios in Orlando, forcing passengers to be evacuated from the Men in Black and Transformers rides. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said that the cause of the power outage Friday was still being investigated. There were no injuries. Schroder says guests coming to Universal Studios were diverted to its sister theme park next door, Islands of Adventure, which never lost power. The Orlando Fire Department was called to…

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Marco Rubio to SBA: ‘It is unconscionable’ agency considered delaying relief announcement

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Marco Rubio is demanding answers from the U.S. Small Business Administration. In a letter to the SBA administrator, the Miami Republican said “it is unconscionable” that officials recently stated that they had no problem delaying the opening of a relief center in Martin County. “Please answer the following question,” said Rubio in his letter. “In times of disasters, such as the algae bloom in Florida’s waterways, why would the SBA have ‘no problem’ delaying any form of relief to my…

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