October 21, 2014

Monday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 6/3/2013

› Florida colleges to drop remedial classes for thousands
Starting in 2014, a large segment of students will be able to immediately enroll in college-level courses, regardless of their academic abilities. They will not have to take remedial courses or even a placement test, which is required by community colleges to detect gaps in learning.

› Trial starts for doctors accused of roles in patients' deaths
Federal prosecutors say they can prove that two South Florida doctors prescribed powerful, addictive pain pills in such an irresponsible way that they should be held criminally accountable for the deaths of nine patients.

› Disney hikes ticket prices at Florida, California parks
Two weeks after Universal Orlando Resort became the first Orlando theme park to break the $90 threshold for a single-day, single-park ticket, Walt Disney World Resort has announced adult admission to the Magic Kingdom will increase $6, to $95 ($89 ages 3-9).

› Fla. lawmakers-turned-lobbyists fuel revolving door of politics
A steady number of former Florida lawmakers are finding jobs in the lucrative influence business, adding to nearly 340 members of Congress who have breezed through the revolving door in the past 15 years.

› Boating activity riding the economy's overall growth
With the arrival of the busy summer boating season and an improving economy, boating sales are up in Florida retailers are seeing a good response from consumers.

› Gov. Scott's search for lieutenant governor remains on hold
University of Florida political scientist Richard Scher recently gave Rick Scott some unsolicited advice on the subject. "If I was advising Scott, I'd say what's the hurry?" Scher told the Naples Daily News. "Let's see how the political winds are blowing."

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