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Florida Legislature to focus on teacher raises, health

The Florida Legislature began its 2020 session Tuesday, as it prepared to consider hundreds of bills, including teachers pay raises, climate change and immigration — as well as approving the billions of dollars required to keep the country's third-most populous state operating. More from the Miami Herald and the AP.

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Feds to investigate JEA privatization

Federal officials will take the lead on an investigation into the controversial effort to privatize JEA, continuing a probe State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office began last year, Nelson’s office said in a statement Monday, a development that significantly escalates a broadening public scandal in Jacksonville city government. More from the Florida Times-Union.

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Cott Corp. of Tampa sees its future in water

Cott Corp. once was known as a bottler and distributor of carbonated sodas like RC Cola. Today the publicly traded company, with offices in Tampa and Toronto, is moving into what it sees as a healthier and more profitable future as an enterprise focused purely on water. So goodbye RC, which Cott sold last year. Hello, Internet-connected filtered water dispensers and purified water for babies. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Need to charge your phone? This company wants to help at dozens of Miami bars

It’s a problem as old as the cellphone: What do you do when you’re on the town and you need a charge? One company thinks it’s finally solved the problem. Nathan Ruff created Rabbit to address city dwellers’ battery blues once and for all. The solution is a kiosk containing charging units about the size of an iPhone itself. More from the Miami Herald.

Political Trends
Iowa caucuses are coming to Florida. Here’s what they’ll look like.

For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party will hold 25 caucuses outside its state. Four of them will be in Florida, including one at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg. Gulf Breeze, Miramar Beach and Port Charlotte will also host caucuses, too.

» More from the Tampa Bay Times.

 

Out of the Box
Video game players raise $3 million for charity in Orlando

floridaA charity fundraiser that saw video game experts play marathon “speed run” sessions raised more than $3 million in Orlando last week. Awesome Games Done Quick, which featured dozens of the best video game players in the world playing through titles like Super Mario Bros. 3, BioShock and other high-profile games quickly, received more than 54,000 donations from 80 countries for a total of $3.13 million.

» Read more from the Orlando Sentinel.