Monday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Even after federal regulators tightened the guidelines for home repossessions and lawmakers in Florida took steps to relieve the system last year, foreclosure hearings continue to struggle with the same issues that plagued the process during the downturn — and created the initial backlog. [Source: Sarasota Herald Tribune]
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From how water management affects land rights to the privacy implications of drug-detecting dogs to the now-famous neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, Florida was central to a number of influential and wide-reaching legal battles. Full story...
Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants more money spent on roads, ports and transportation. Scott will announce Monday that he wants state legislators to set aside $8.8 billion for the Department of Transportation budget in the coming year. [Source: AP]
Frustrated by problems plaguing Florida's $63 million unemployment website, state lawmakers said they are set to take action to rescue a system that many claimants can no longer depend on for money to pay rent, food and bills. Possible legislative remedies include overturning a controversial 2011 law that requires unemployed people to apply online for benefits. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
Shoot Straight, Florida's largest independent gun-shop chain, has stopped renting guns to prevent its eight Florida ranges from becoming suicide parlors. Shoot Straight joins a growing number of gun ranges across Central Florida that have restricted or prohibited gun rentals to stem the deaths. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Will Florida's citrus be saved from scourge?
Since it first appeared in Florida eight years ago, the bacterium that causes the disease decimating Florida's $9 billion citrus industry has proven elusive to scientists and growers. But University of Florida plant pathologist Dean Gabriel may have cracked the genetic code.
» Related: Florida citrus growers worry that deadly bacteria will mean end of orange juice
› Mineral rights: Do you own what's under your home?
As oil has gained prominence in Southwest Florida over the past year, so have the mineral rights to that resource. Landowners and energy companies have taken a second look at who owns what is beneath the region and they’re not the only ones.
› Expanding Medicaid an uphill battle in Capitol
This year, House Republicans pledge to tackle issues that have long lingered on the back burner, such as more independence for highly trained nurses, increasing the number of medical students who go into primary care and regulating virtual doctor visits. But even as the focus shifts from Medicaid expansion, Democrats say it remains a top priority.
› Gulfstream-Genting casino: Flush with problems
A Hallandale Beach pari-mutuel and an international gambling giant have become partners in a new casino endeavor, but if their chances were quantified in terms of a poker hand, perhaps their next move would be "fold."
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