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Governor proposes increase in education funding Video included

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Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will propose an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students if he is elected to a second term. His proposal calls for a $232 boost in per-student spending to $7,126. Scott and potential political opponent Charlie Crist have traded barbs on education in recent weeks, with Crist launching a bus tour around the state he called “Restore the Cuts.”Scott's proposal tops the ... More>>

Tuesday primary election will determine some local races

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Tuesday's primary election will be the final decision on some races across the Tampa Bay region.Although primaries are often thought of as precursors to the general election, some contests won't make it that far. More>>

Crist Orlando bus tour behind the scenes

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With a toss of a football, Charlie Crist boarded the bus in Orlando. “On to victory,” Crist announced, as he headed to his seat. It's a campaign tour that might have seemed improbable just a few years ago. But the former governor is on the campaign trail again, trying to win over voters to win back his old job in Tallahassee. More>>

Political ads hit the web for Fla. governor's race

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Web ads can be cheaper, offer a way to link to a place to donate and give campaigns the opportunity to see who is watching and clicking on them. More>>

Rick Scott ahead in News Channel 8 governor's race poll Video included

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Gov. Rick Scott has a 3-point lead over Democrat Charlie Crist, heading into the week before the primary election, according to the latest News Channel 8 poll. More>>

Voter confusion over Hernando website Video included

The VoteHernando.com website links voters to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website, which has a similar address: hernandovotes.com. The VoteHernando.com website links voters to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections website, which has a similar address: hernandovotes.com.
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A website is causing some confusion in Hernando County in the days leading up to the primary election. 
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Crist casts vote for himself in early voting Democratic primary for governor

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Arriving to newly-planted Crist campaign signs, former Gov. Charlie Crist and his wife voted Monday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, Crist's home town. More>>

Libertarian candidate for governor on 'brew tour'

Wyllie, 44, visited several small businesses recently as part of his craft brew tour. Wyllie, 44, visited several small businesses recently as part of his craft brew tour.
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If you stopped in a Tampa Bay brewery over the past week, you might have run into a Florida candidate for governor. Adrian Wyllie, a Libertarian, visited multiple breweries in the Bay area as part of his statewide craft brew tour. More>>

Crist campaign bus hit on way to Tampa

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Charlie Crist's campaign bus tour didn't go as planned on Thursday. More>>

Crist makes campaign stop in Orlando

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Charlie Crist arrived for a campaign stop in Orlando on Thursday in a yellow school bus to highlight his education plan and criticize Gov. Rick Scott's education funding during his time in office. More>>

Tampa mayor says he will not endorse in governor's race

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he will not endorse anyone in Florida's gubernatorial race.  More>>

Consumers contacted over 'income inconsistencies' Video included

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Some consumers who bought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's Marketplace are now being asked to provide financial information because of “income inconsistencies” with data from the IRS. More>>

Gov. Scott promotes plan for Florida waters Video included

Let's Keep Florida Beautiful tour in Crystal Springs, Florida. Let's Keep Florida Beautiful tour in Crystal Springs, Florida.
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Gov. Rick Scott stopped in the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday as part of a campaign swing focusing on environmental issues. Scott calls the tour “Let's Keep Florida Beautiful.”He is proposing spending $1 billion on springs restoration and “alternative water supply.” More>>

Scott takes lead in exclusive News Channel 8 governor's race poll Video included

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Florida's gubernatorial race tightened and Democrat Charlie Crist lost his lead in the latest News Channel 8 poll.Gov. Rick Scott has a two-point lead in the latest poll released Tuesday, showing him up 45-43 over Crist. More>>

Florida to legalize low THC medical marijuana

Florida to legalize low THC medical marijuana Florida to legalize low THC medical marijuana
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Low grade medical marijuana will soon be legal in Florida. Lawmakers waited until the final day of their session to send the bill legalizing low THC cannabis for the treatment of seizures, muscle spasms, and cancer. More>>

Few Tampa Bay nurseries qualified to grow medical marijuana

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Only growers that have been doing business in Florida for 30 continuous years may apply to grow medical marijuana.
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Debate over debates in FL gubernatorial race Video included

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Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are both proposing general election debates in the gubernatorial race this fall. Scott’s campaign on Tuesday said the governor would participate in three. Crist countered, saying he wanted more debates and proposing a slate of seven More>>

Crist announces immediate plans if he becomes Florida's governor Video included

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Charlie Crist announced a plan Tuesday for his first day in office if he is elected to his old job as Florida governor.Crist calls the day the "First Day of Fairness" and set out five executive orders he plans to sign. More>>

Rail route doesn't include Tampa Video included

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More than three years after Florida turned down federal money to build a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando, a new rail project is in the works and causing controversy. The All Aboard Florida rail would run from Miami, up the east coast of Florida and over to Orlando. More>>

State attorney: former Lakeland PD chief's claim of extortion 'nonsense' Video included

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"I think that for whatever reason she wants to blame everything that's occurred in her life maybe on someone else," said State Attorney Jerry Hill.
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Crist retakes lead over Scott in WFLA TV governor's race poll Video included

Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Rick Scott. Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Rick Scott.
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Democrat Charlie Crist is back with a four-point lead over Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the gubernatorial race, according to the latest News Channel 8 poll. More>>

More chronic pain patients say they're denied medication Video included

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An 8 On Your Side investigation into why legitimate patients can't get their mediation led dozens of other patients to step forward. More>>

Crackdown on pill mills has unintended side effect for legitimate patients Video included

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Chronic pain patients who really need the medicine often can't get it.
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Crist holds slight lead over Scott in governor's race poll Video included

Florida gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist (left) and Rick Scott (right). Florida gubernatorial candidates Charlie Crist (left) and Rick Scott (right).
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Charlie Crist holds onto a narrow lead over Gov. Rick Scott in Florida’s gubernatorial race, according to a new WFLA poll released on Tuesday. More>>

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  • Governor proposes increase in education funding

    Governor proposes increase in education funding

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:57:12 GMT
    File photo: Governor RIck ScottFile photo: Governor RIck Scott
    Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will propose an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students if he is elected to a second term. His proposal calls for a $232 boost in per-student spending to $7,126. Scott and potential political opponent Charlie Crist have traded barbs on education in recent weeks, with Crist launching a bus tour around the state he called “Restore the Cuts.”Scott's proposal tops the ...
    Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that he will propose an increase in per-pupil funding for Florida students if he is elected to a second term. His proposal calls for a $232 boost in per-student spending to $7,126. Scott and potential political opponent Charlie Crist have traded barbs on education in recent weeks, with Crist launching a bus tour around the state he called “Restore the Cuts.”Scott's proposal tops the ...
  • Crist Orlando bus tour behind the scenes

    Crist Orlando bus tour behind the scenes

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:56:46 GMT
    With a toss of a football, Charlie Crist boarded the bus in Orlando. “On to victory,” Crist announced, as he headed to his seat. It's a campaign tour that might have seemed improbable just a few years ago. But the former governor is on the campaign trail again, trying to win over voters to win back his old job in Tallahassee.
    With a toss of a football, Charlie Crist boarded the bus in Orlando. “On to victory,” Crist announced, as he headed to his seat. It's a campaign tour that might have seemed improbable just a few years ago. But the former governor is on the campaign trail again, trying to win over voters to win back his old job in Tallahassee.
  • Political ads hit the web for Fla. governor's race

    Political ads hit the web for Fla. governor's race

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:48:35 GMT
    Web ads can be cheaper, offer a way to link to a place to donate and give campaigns the opportunity to see who is watching and clicking on them.
    Web ads can be cheaper, offer a way to link to a place to donate and give campaigns the opportunity to see who is watching and clicking on them.
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  • Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

    Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:25:22 GMT
    A Homeland Security Department official says a recent computer breach at a major government security clearance contracting firm may have affected the internal files of as many as 25,000 of the agency's workers.
    The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.
  • Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

    Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:15:14 GMT
    The Homeland Security Department is warning that more than 1,000 retailers could have a new malicious software program lurking in their cash registers that allows computer hackers to steal financial data about...
    More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.
  • New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

    New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:05:33 GMT
    The Obama administration will offer a new accommodation to religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control for their employees. The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their...
    Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while...
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  • Florida's CFO: Insurance customers entitled to refunds

    Florida's CFO: Insurance customers entitled to refunds

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:37:47 GMT
    Consumers who bought insurance plans but could not use them in the early days of the Affordable Care Act rollout should be able to get a refund, Florida’s chief financial officer told News Channel 8. Some customers who signed up for plans and paid premiums didn’t initially receive ID cards or numbers from insurance company Florida Blue in early 2014.
    Consumers who bought insurance plans but could not use them in the early days of the Affordable Care Act rollout should be able to get a refund, Florida’s chief financial officer told News Channel 8. Some customers who signed up for plans and paid premiums didn’t initially receive ID cards or numbers from insurance company Florida Blue in early 2014.
  • Haves and have-nots as markets open

    Haves and have-nots as markets open

    Monday, September 23 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-09-23 22:46:08 GMT
    WASHINGTON - Having health insurance used to hinge on where you worked and what your medical history said. Soon that won't matter, with open-access markets for subsidized coverage coming Oct. 1 under
    WASHINGTON - Having health insurance used to hinge on where you worked and what your medical history said. Soon that won't matter, with open-access markets for subsidized coverage coming Oct. 1 under
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