Photo:Some of Florida's new state senators are sworn in for the 2013 session. Profiles on each here.
What you need to know about Florida today
The confluence of term limits and redistricting contributed to significant turnover in the Florida Legislature, which welcomed 59 new lawmakers — including members who shifted chambers. We profile them all. Each profile includes party, district, net worth and notable news. Full story...
Rick Scott casts himself as a problem solver, but after two years as governor of Florida, his biggest challenge remains unsolved. Himself. Midway through a four-year term, a time when governors traditionally take stock of their highs and lows, Scott remains a polarizing figure, a leader who's still awkwardly learning the ropes. [Source: Times/Herald]
» Rick Scott at Midterm
More than 4,000 miles from its home base in Doral, Energy International is helping keep the lights on and the power grid humming in Gibraltar, the British territory on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. [Source: Miami Herald]
In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 students and six adults, gun owners nationwide are preparing for possible restrictions on certain weapons and ammunition. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
» Newsmakers of the year: Gun owners
It was startling news for a state that gains about 3 million residents each decade. As the recession dug deep in 2007, more people were leaving than entering Florida. Now, with the economy showing signs of life, people are flocking back to the Sunshine State. More from the Tampa Bay Times and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Executive pipeline from Jacksonville to Tampa revs up
Look out, Jacksonville. You may call yourself the First Coast, but the Gulf Coast is giving you a run for your money. Or at least for your executives.
› The disabled struggle to find employers who will accept them
People who have been out of work because of disabilities are finding hope through internship programs, such as those provided by Brevard Achievement Center.
› Tampa Bay tech hookup has big upside
It may not be the biggest business merger in Tampa Bay history or the sexiest. But the recent deal that combines two area technology firms — Vology of Oldsmar and Bayshore Technologies of Tampa — is a good-news story for this new year on several levels.
› AutoNation predicts strong year in 2013
Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation, the country's largest vehicle retailer, on Friday reported a 15 percent gain in December new vehicle sales and predicted strong gains to continue through 2013.
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