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Tampa Bay Times Wins Pulitzer Prize For Local Reporting

Florida’s largest newspaper won its 10th Pulitzer Prize on Monday.

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Florida Tallies Objections To Determine Which Public Beaches To Sell

Florida is in the process of identifying beaches that the state may then sell to private owners. The only thing stopping the sales are written objections, and the most frequent of them just might be able to save some of the land for public use.

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Steve Southerland’s Campaign Paid For Upkeep And Rent On Congressman’s Home

U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland used campaign funds to improve and maintain a Panama City home he inherited in 2005. Southerland used the home for his headquarters during two campaigns before selling it for $550,000 in June, records show.

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Bank of America Lied to Homeowners and Rewarded Foreclosures, Former Employees Say

Paul Kiel: Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for sending homeowners to foreclosure, according to sworn statements by former bank employees.

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Condo Owner vs. Condo Lawyer

Steve Miller: Stuck with a $1,600 legal bill, one Miami condo owner describes his Florida-style problem.

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Monroe Property Appraiser Challenges Balfour Beatty’s Tax Exemption in Key West

Steve Miller: In a court filing, the Monroe County Property Appraiser alleges multinational corporation Balfour Beatty rents to private citizens 74 percent of apartments that are currently tax exempt due to their designation as military housing.

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In Lakeland Senator’s Bills, Questions About Personal Benefit

Steve Miller: State Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, is a good example of how Florida politicians can circumvent financial disclosure laws.

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Interview: Lead Wars Authors Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner

FairWarning: Public health historians Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner fault paint makers and marketers, along with regulators, landlords and others, for allowing lead poisoning to persist.

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Florida Legislature Attempts to Give ‘Quasi-Government’ Agencies Tax Exemption

Steve Miller: Senate Bill 354 extends millions of dollars in property-tax exemptions to the subsidiary of a UK-based company that builds U.S. Navy housing.

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Why Florida Is Sitting on $300 Million Meant to Help Homeowners

Cora Currier: Florida has the highest percentage of home loans in foreclosure in the country. So why is more than $300 million that could help homeowners sitting unused?

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