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  1. Florida prisons have toilet paper, but they're not supplying it to some inmates

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The four wings of Florida's Tomoka Correctional Institution's E cell block is home to some of the prison's most menacing inmates. They have arrived there because of administrative and disciplinary problems but, in addition to restricting them to confined, two-man cells, the prison also deprives them …

    Rep. David Richardson, D- Miami Beach, continues to find shocking lapses in how state prisons treat inmates. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. A reliable Rick Scott ally, Pete Antonacci, named CEO of Enterprise Florida

    State Roundup

    Pete Antonacci, who last week made headlines when he advised scientists to stay in their lane rather than criticize his water agency's work on Everglades restoration, is getting a new job.

    Pete Antonacci, an attorney seen here in 2009, has served many roles for Gov. Rick Scott: general counsel, executive director of the South Florida Water Management District and now, CEO of Enterprise Florida.  [
COLIN HACKLEY | Special to the Times]
  3. Florida gets another 60 days to prove why an abortion waiting period is needed

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi's Office has 60 more days to gather evidence and testimony to defend a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for abortions, which lawmakers enacted in 2015 but blocked from taking effect amid a two-year legal battle.

    Florida Circuit Judge Terry Lewis.
  4. Florida's abortion waiting period back in court

    State Roundup

    The Florida Supreme Court put a temporary block on a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting abortions, but a Tallahassee judge is holding a hearing today on a request by opponents to find the law unconstitutional.

    Florida Circuit Judge Terry Lewis.
  5. As run for governor looms, Putnam pushes for guns on campus, open carry in public

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a top Republican contender for governor next year, said he would support proposed changes in Florida law to let "law-abiding gun owners" carry firearms on college and university campuses and openly in public places.

    Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor, speaks at a press conference Tuesday at the Florida National Guard Armory in Tallahassee. [Kristen M. Clark | Miami Herald]
  6. Disney news: Tron ride, 'Guardians of Galaxy' ride and a 'Star Wars' hotel coming to Florida

    Florida

    In case you missed it, this weekend brought a rush of news for Disney World fans at D23, the official Disney fan club in Anaheim, Calif., and visitors to the four theme parks in Florida can look forward to more attractions for teens and roller coaster fans.

    Artist renderings of Disney's plans for an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel show guests would wear costumes and  interact with "Star Wars" creatures and droids. The multi-day experience would guests their own story line and each window of the hotel would look out into space.
Photo courtesy Walt Disney World
  7. Disney World getting 'immersive' Star Wars hotel, 'Guardians' and 'Tron' rides

    Florida

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Disney Parks isn't letting Han Solo or Luke Skywalker save the day at their new Star Wars-themed lands.

    Members of the media get their first look at a 50-foot, detailed model of Star Wars land during a media preview for Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calf., on Thursday, July 13, 2017. [Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP]
  8. Auditors find millions in 'questionable costs' at water district, but will it matter?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Officials in charge of the smallest water management district in Florida were making a big mistake: they appeared to be keeping millions of dollars acquired from land sales instead of returning it to the state's general fund — and they had no paper trail.

    Noah Valenstein got the job as secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday May 23rd, on a unanimous vote by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet. His previous job?  Executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, which was flagged by state auditors for $22.5 million in "questionable costs". The audit covered the time Valenstein led the district. He oversees the district in his new job.  [Special to the Times]
  9. Kriseman and Baker trade jabs at mayoral debate - not, this time, the crowd

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — Before the mayoral forum began Thursday, Pastor Clarence Williams urged a standing-room-only crowd to behave civilly.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, center, addresses the crowd as Pastor Clarence Williams, right, looks on Thursday. Kriseman’s chief challenger, Rick Baker, is on the left.
  10. Florida Supreme Court says 'no' to overruling governor's citrus canker veto

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Homeowners in Broward and Lee counties who lost their citrus trees to canker or the state's eradication program were told by Florida's highest court Thursday that because of the governor's veto, they'll have to go back to court to get the money they are due.

    The Florida Supreme Court's ruled Thursday that residents who want the state to pay damages for lost citrus trees must go back to court for the money they are due.  [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]