Florida ranks second nationwide in educational policy

Florida’s at the head of the pack when it comes to education policies nationally, according to a report released early Wednesday from the American Legislative Exchange Council. Florida received a “B” letter grade for its education policy, ranking second of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Only Indiana placed ahead of the Sunshine […]

USF officials considering moving medical school

Officials with USF Health say they are seriously considering a downtown Tampa campus for third- and fourth-year medical students, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jeff Vinik, who owns the Tampa Bay Lightning and acres of property downtown, has expressed support for the proposed USF medical school location. A presentation scheduled for Wednesday to the Florida Board of […]

Florida governor contest, 2016 presidential race remain close

The Florida gubernatorial race is nip-and-tuck as it enters its final week. A poll of likely voters from Gravis Marketing shows Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist ahead of Gov. Rick Scott by 2 percent. Crist takes 44 percent in the poll while Scott pulls 42 percent. The remaining 14 percent are undecided. Earlier this month, […]

Suspended Medicare HMOs still listed on government web site

Many Florida shoppers at Medicare.gov will find Day Break and Sunrise among their lowest-priced HMO options. But if they call to enroll in either one, they’re out of luck. Florida Healthcare Plus, a small Coral Gables company that sponsors the two Medicare Advantage plans, is under state and federal suspension, unable to sign up new […]

Titusville man claims $1 million Lottery prize

The Florida Lottery has announced that Erek Larson, 28, of Titusville, claimed a $1 million top prize in the 50X the Cash Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $740,432.97. Larson purchased his winning ticket from Nidy’s Grocery, located at 2120 Garden […]

New poll confirms the worst for Medical Marijuana Amendment 2

A new poll of likely voters confirms proponents’ fears that Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana use in the Sunshine State, is in deep trouble at just the wrong time. Gravis Marketing released a poll Monday showing only 50 percent of likely voters plan to support Amendment 2, while 42 percent say they […]