Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Gov. Scott gets personal and political in State of State speech
Florida Gov. Rick Scott delivered an election-year State of the State address to the Legislature on Tuesday in which he contrasted his own "courage" in handling Florida's improving economy with the "terrible mess" left behind by his predecessor and likely opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist. More at the Tampa Bay Times.
National parks in Florida drew 10.6 million people
A new federal report shows that national parks in Florida received 10.6 million visitors and supported 8,064 jobs in the state in 2012. The National Park Service said Monday that visitors to national parks in Florida spent $572.6 million. More at the AP.
Poor Floridians fall into Medicaid gap
Stadium competition heats up
The House’s Economic Affairs Committee on Monday unveiled a proposal to create a new ranking process for professional sports teams seeking taxpayer subsidies.
Roughly 1 million uninsured Floridians — including about 18,000 in Brevard County — who repeatedly heard affordable health insurance was just around the corner for them, thanks to President Barack Obama’s new law, are finding a harsh reality — they’re too poor to qualify. More at Florida Today.
AutoNation open to sell Tesla, as sales outpace industry
Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation on Tuesday opened the door to offer Tesla electric vehicles in its lineup, as it reported monthly sales of new vehicles again outpacing the U.S. average. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
No casinos in Florida House gambling bill
A Florida House gambling proposal released late Monday would do away with nearly a dozen inactive pari-mutuel permits and create a gambling oversight board but is most notable perhaps for what it lacks. More at the Jacksonville Business Journal.
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