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What you need to know about Florida today
Gov. Rick Scott edges closer to Senate bid in talks with GOP donors
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in conversations with major Republican donors over the past week, has signaled that he is moving closer to challenging Sen. Bill Nelson and has mapped out financial and political plans that could guide his potential bid, according to three people familiar with the discussions. More from the Washington Post.
Exoplanet-hunting satellite arrives in Florida for April launch
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for final testing, fueling and attachment to a Falcon 9 launcher for liftoff in mid-April, a delay of nearly one month to allow SpaceX additional time to prepare the rocket for the mission. More from SpaceFlightNow.
Florida utility wants to buy South Carolina-based utility
NextEra Energy is one of several groups interested in buying Santee Cooper after the state-owned utility and South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. abandoned construction of two nuclear reactors last summer. More from the AP.
Cruise industry flourishing at Florida’s regional ports
Florida’s regional ports are benefiting from the growth in the cruise industry. While the majority of the passenger traffic continues to pass through PortMiami, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral, the regional ports will also increase the number of cruise ships and passengers that are using their facilities in 2018. More from Maritime Executive.
CareerSource Tampa Bay executive board says it needs answers from state in ongoing jobs controversy
The executive board of CareerSource Tampa Bay wants the state to tell them whether the agency needs to change the way it reports job figures. The executive committee voted to put the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity "on notice" that the jobs center wants an answer within "seven to 10 days." More from the Tampa Bay Times.
How Florida's “Highwaymen” painters made a living
Being an artist is rarely seen as a ticket to prosperity and social mobility. But for Florida’s historical “Highwaymen”—a group of around two dozen black painters who made a living selling their landscape paintings out of car trunks in the Jim Crow South—art was something of a pathway to freedom.
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James Beard Awards 2018 - Semi-Finalists from Florida
It’s officially award season in the food world, and the James Beard Foundation released its list of semi-finalists for the 2018 Restaurant and Chef Awards and Miami has six nominations this year, while the state got a total of ten.
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