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| 9/28/2012

Opinion › Florida's water bill
Floridians can pay a little more now or a lot more later. That was the message delivered to Gov. Scott last week in a letter signed by 20 former water management district board members from across the state. The letter urged the governor to restore $240 million in funding he stripped from the five water district budgets last year.

› Disney 'flexing its bicep' in Florida elections
Walt Disney World has spent nearly $2.5 million on political candidates and causes in Florida so far this election cycle, according to a review of state records.

› UF has exceeded $1.5 billion fundraising goal
Bernie Machen told the Faculty Senate on Thursday that the campaign has raised a "heck of a lot of money" and exceeded its five-year, $1.5 billion goal. An announcement of the exact amount will wait until an event next Friday on campus, he said.

› Proposed FPL rate increase settlement advances
Regulators voted Thursday to move ahead with consideration of Florida Power & Light Co.’s proposed four-year settlement to increase utility rates. The Florida Public Service Commission decided to conduct a formal hearing on the proposal despite opposition from the Office of Public Counsel, which represents ratepayers.

› Nova Southeastern opens $50 million reef research center

The university’s spectacular new research center, built with the help of a $15 million federal grant, will focus on protecting disappearing corals.

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