Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
State of State speech: Gov. Scott wants tax cuts, laws to fight opioid crisis
Gov. Rick Scott wants more tax cuts this year, as well as protections for people who report sexual misconduct, laws to fight the opioid crisis and more child protective investigators. Scott laid out his goals for the legislative session during his final State of the State speech Tuesday. Scott also reflected on the state's recovery after Hurricane Irma. More from the AP.
» At start of session, state Sens. Oscar Braynon of Miami Gardens and Anitere Flores of Miami issue joint statement and apologize, appearing to confirm affair
» Also earlier today, Senate President Joe Negron said, "The Florida Senate has zero tolerance for sexual harassment or misconduct of any time against any employee or visitor."
Harris named VP of Jacksonville-based CSX
Changes continue at the top of CSX. The railroad has named Edmond L. Harris as its executive vice president of operations, effected immediately. Harris has 40 years experience in railroad and had most recently been a senior advisor to Global Infrastructure Partners. More from the Florida Times-Union.
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport breaks record
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport saw more than 2 million passengers for the first time ever in 2017. Traffic was up 12 percent last year, with a total of 2,055,269 passengers. That made 2017 the third straight year that it has broken its all-time passenger record. More from the AP.
Women say #TimesUp with plan to open legislative session dressed in black
When Florida legislators open their annual session on Tuesday, many women will be wearing black to send the same message of solidarity with the #MeToo movement as Hollywood stars did at the Golden Globes. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Orlando Magic, Uber partner for ride-sharing spots near Amway Center
In what amounts to a sponsorship agreement between the two companies, the Magic will incorporate Uber into their app. That will allow season-ticket holders to pay for Uber rides using Magic Money, which ticket holders can earn by selling unused game tickets back to the team. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Nation’s first "supermodel" the muse for Jacksonville monument
Audrey Munson has been called America’s first supermodel. At the height of her celebrity — in the early part of the 20th century — she was in demand by a multitude of sculptors and painters in New York. Munson also has a Florida connection, to the surprise of some Jacksonville residents with a keen interest in the city’s history.
» More from the Florida Times-Union.
The city of the future will not be the cold metal domes or Mars settlements of science fiction movies. It will be a community of 19,500 homes surrounded by thousands of acres of green space and capable of producing its own energy in total harmony with the environment. And that future is now.
» Read more from the Miami Herald.
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