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New York Times: Law Enforcement Bungled The Jameis Winston Rape Case

This week, The New York Times published its investigation into how local law enforcement and university officials failed to properly investigate an alleged rape case involving Florida State University’s quarterback, Jameis Winston.

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Florida Legislature Chips Away At Government Transparency

As this year’s Legislative session nears an end, there are a handful of bills making their way through both chambers that could expand public record loopholes. Already, one bill has passed.

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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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‘Warning Shot’ Bill Heads To Rick Scott

Another bill expanding the use of guns for self-defense in Florida is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk for his signature.

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Florida NRA’s Battle For Conceal and Carry Rights During States Of Emergency

As a slew of gun-friendly bills move through the Florida Legislature, the state’s National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbyist has been aggressively trying to keep lawmakers in line—particularly when it comes to one controversial bill.

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Proposed Changes To ‘Stand Your Ground’ Could Limit Journalists’ Access To Court Records

As the Florida Legislature considers tweaks to the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, legislators have added a provision that would stop journalists from gaining access to court records in cases involving self-defense.

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State Lawmakers Vow To Tackle Troubled Child Welfare System Following Miami Herald Series

The Miami Herald recently published its “Innocents Lost” series—a heartbreaking and thorough look at the state’s troubled child welfare system. In the wake of this reporting, state lawmakers have vowed to make a serious effort to rectify the situation.

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Investigation Found Enterprise Florida Spent Half A Million Dollars On Lavish Restaurants, Hotels

The state’s economic development agency is under fire, again. This time, a recent report highlighted lavish spending by its staff, which prompted a watchdog group to ask the governor to launch an investigation.

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Another State-Backed Company Plans Massive Layoffs In Florida

A mortgage software firm that has received millions in state incentive dollars has announced it will lay off 744 workers in Florida by April.

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Report On Economic Incentives Shows Poor Return on Investments In Some Cases

The state released a report this week showing the results of the state’s investment in private companies. So far, the state’s records show the program—which is supposed to create private sector jobs—has had mixed results.

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