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Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, I-4, Sanford Burnham, water quality, Pulse, on Central Florida lawmakers’ minds

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As they prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session, Central Florida lawmakers are looking out for help for the emerging Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in Osceola County, the demise of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Lake Nona, and I-4 throughout the region. Those are things almost everyone in Central Florida’s delegation is examining. The Democrats add, don’t forget about Pulse, and the economic fairness and mental health issues everyone spoke of during the election campaigns this year. But…

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Uncertainty on the I-4: Puerto Rican voters eye hard choice

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Heriberto Ferrer doesn’t want to vote for Donald Trump – but he says he can’t rule it out, his open-mindedness forced by his low opinion of Hillary Clinton. “I don’t want Trump to win. Period,” he tells a Republican volunteer standing in his doorway on a recent Saturday morning. What about Clinton? “Hillary no sirve,” he says in his native Spanish, a phrase roughly translated as “Hillary is useless.” The 56-year-old construction worker is among many Puerto Ricans living in…

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Tom Jackson: TBX meets the Star Trek test

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As someone who lives near a thoroughfare in a constant state of construction, I sympathize with anyone who looks upon the approach of road expansion with dread. It’s noisy. It’s dirty. It’s inconvenient. It’s hard on tires and suspensions. It impedes traffic in ways that seem to outweigh any eventual benefit. And all but the last is demonstrably true, because when that stretch of improved multi-lane boulevard opens, all smooth and wide and freshly striped, it is as if the…

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Florida debt rises slightly after 4 years of decline

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Florida’s amount of debt is rising after dropping four straight years. That’s according to an annual report presented Tuesday to Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet. The new report shows that Florida’s overall debt stood at $25.7 billion at the end of June. That’s an increase of $1.5 billion over the previous fiscal year. The increase was primarily because of money borrowed to cover the expansion of Interstate 4 in Central Florida. Scott pointed out during the presentation…

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Gov. Scott names Jim Holton, reappoints Cliff Manuel to TBARTA

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On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott named Indian Shores attorney James “Jim” Holton to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority. TBARTA was created in 2007 by the Florida Legislature to develop a transportation master plan for a seven-county region of west-central Florida. The agency covers Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. Holton, 61, is president of JWH Properties Inc. and James W. Holton PA Law Firm. He also serves as a member of the Pinellas County Economic…

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Kickstarter project aims to erect unity flag next to giant I-4 Confederate flag

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The giant Confederate flag on Florida’s I-4 highway has been pissing people off since it went up in 2008. It’s 30 feet tall and 60 feet wide and flies 139 feet in the air. When you drive by, it’s like the thing’s screaming at you — what it says depends on where you stand on the matter. A group called Harmony Branch clearly doesn’t like it. And the organization is ready to scream even louder than the notorious Stars and Bars flying…

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Sunday’s editorial pages from Florida’s newspapers

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St. Petersburg Times – Big money drowns out other voices: Floridians are just learning how quickly first-time candidates with deep pockets, no political experience, no record on public issues and no resume of public service can game the system. By November, it should be even clearer why voters should reject the effort to kill public campaign financing in this state — and why the Supreme Court is headed in the wrong direction. Miami Herald – Protect Florida, hold BP accountable: Florida…

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