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As Cuba Opens to More Investment, Tampa Sees Advantage Over Miami

Miami will likely not initially be the Cuban trade partner that some might expect.

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FCIR Executive Director Named 2015 TED Fellow

Trevor Aaronson will have an opportunity to give a talk related to his reporting at the TED Conference in Vancouver in March.

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Two Florida TV News Stations Win duPont Awards

Two local television news stations from the Tampa Bay area won a prestigious national investigative reporting award this week.

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Jeb Bush Says He’s Going To Release Emails From His Time In Office

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, exploring the possibility of running for president, will release about a quarter million emails from his time in office.

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Disney Uses Complex Tax-Avoidance Scheme, ‘Lux Leaks’ Files Show

The Walt Disney Co. uses a complex network of companies and subsidiaries to move profits out of high-tax countries to the tiny nation of Luxembourg, where the multinational giant only pays an effective tax rate of 0.3 percent.

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Did Gov. Scott Withhold Records On Purpose?

A Leon County Circuit Court judge ruled this week that an ongoing lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott can be amended to include the complaint that Scott purposely withheld information he was required to make public, or that he purposely delayed releasing that information.

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Florida GOP Congressional Delegation Divided On Immigration Response

Florida Republicans in the U.S. House aren’t on the same page when it comes to dealing with President Obama’s recent executive action relieving millions of undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation.

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Despite Electoral Wins, Florida GOP Loses Big Court Fights

Two laws the state has been defending met their end in an appeals court this week.

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Weeks After Election, Gov. Rick Scott And State Agency Start Turning Over Public Records

Now that Gov. Rick Scott’s contentious re-election is over, a lot of previously-requested information is making its way to reporters– even though there is evidence some of the information was ready for release well before Election Day.

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After All Redistricting Docs Are Unsealed, GOP Consulting Group Defends Practices

The head of a GOP consulting group forced by court order to release documents showing his company may have been illegally used to redraw political districts, including evidence the company tried to hide its involvement by using third parties, is defending his and the company’s actions.

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