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Senate Passes Ballot Measure On Court Appointments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — This year’s gubernatorial race could have even greater implications if a proposed constitutional amendment on Supreme Court appointments is also approved. The Senate voted 26-14 on Thursday to place a question […]

04/03/2014

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Fla. House Approves Nearly $75.3 Billion Budget

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House is signing off on a proposed $75.3 billion state budget. The House voted 100-16 for the measure. The Senate is expected to approve a rival version later Thursday. […]

CBS Tampa–04/03/2014

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Fla. House Approves 4 Separate Tax Holidays

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians would get four sales tax holidays this year under a bill approved by the Florida House. The House voted 106-11 for a tax cut package that includes sales tax holidays […]

CBS Tampa–04/03/2014

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No Fatalities Along I-75 During Safety Campaign

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Highway Patrol says there were no fatalities on Interstate 75 during its participation in a safety campaign called “Staying Alive on 75.” The promotion took place last weekend in […]

CBS Tampa–04/03/2014

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US Charges 25 In Fla. In ID Theft, Tax Fraud Case

MIAMI (AP) — Federal authorities in South Florida have charged 25 people in the latest major identity theft and tax refund fraud operation. Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer and other law enforcement officials planned to […]

CBS Tampa–04/03/2014

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House Approves Bill To Allow Guns In Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A House committee has approved a bill that would allow trained officials to carry firearms in schools as a way to improve safety. The bill (HB 753) approved Wednesday is sponsored […]

CBS Tampa–04/02/2014

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Monday Is Last Day To Sign Up For Health Insurance

Monday is the last day to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

CBS Tampa–03/30/2014

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Fla. House Keeps Pushing Major Voucher Expansion

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republicans in the Florida House are pushing ahead with a major expansion of a state-backed program that helps low-income children attend private schools. Just last week it appeared that private school […]

CBS Tampa–03/28/2014

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Florida Overcomes GOP Barriers To Enroll Uninsured

Florida’s Republican leaders have fought the Affordable Care Act at every turn, banning navigators from county health departments, offering no state dollars to boost outreach efforts to 3.5 million uninsured and leading the fight to repeal the law. Yet the state has emerged as a tale of what went right with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

CBS Tampa–03/26/2014

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Budweiser Supports Legalizing Half-Gallon Beer Growlers

The makers of Budweiser say they support the legalization of half-gallon beer growlers.

CBS Tampa–03/21/2014