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FDA rules could snuff out 119-year-old family cigar business

J.C. Newman Cigar Co. is one of a kind, literally. Founded in 1895 by Julius Caesar Newman, a Hungarian immigrant, the Tampa-based family business is the last of […]

Taxpayer-funded job facility empty since 2011 continued to get money; destroyed records

A taxpayer-funded educational facility  in Miami-Dade County intended to teach at-risk teens job skills is sitting vacant and unused, which has been the case since 2011. The building, in […]

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Audit: Florida lottery department keeps shaky records

The agency overseeing the Florida lottery doesn’t exactly have the winning ticket when it comes to keeping track of its taxpayer-funded property. At least, that’s the conclusion […]

Florida high court slaps red light cameras, but not much changes

Opponents of red light cameras just got a little help from some new friends — the Florida Supreme Court. But they shouldn’t get too excited. The high […]

Tiger Woods video game shoots for ‘wholesome’ tax credits; incentives ‘exploit’ Fla. taxpayers

On-course rants and tantrums, a divorce and a sordid love life. That’s Tiger Woods. A great golfer? Yeah, at one time, sure. But a wholesome paradigm for […]

Study: Food trucks cleaner than restaurants

The next time you want something new for lunch, try a food truck — if you can find one. Fueled by public health concerns, mobile food vendors often […]

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Federal climate regulations could put Florida businesses in a bind

Federal energy regulations are putting the squeeze on manufacturers, an economic sector hit hard by globalization. In Florida, 18,000 manufacturing businesses employ 311,000 workers to make products […]

VA bureaucracy stonewalls Florida health agency

Ailing veterans apparently aren’t the only ones waiting to receive services from Veterans Affairs hospitals. So is the state of Florida. Inspectors from the Florida Agency for […]

Florida VA boots disorderly vets with PTSD

Several combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder were denied access to a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Viera because their service dogs apparently didn’t have the […]

Illegals rack up hospital bills: How far should taxpayers go to fund others’ health care?

A state appellate court has removed any confusion over whether Floridians are footing the health-care bill for undocumented immigrants. Taxpayers are indeed paying for emergency room visits, […]

Libertarian candidate for Fla. governor arrested; vows to fight federal ‘Real ID’ law

Adrian Wyllie wants to be the next governor of Florida. While he may be a long shot, his campaign just got real. The libertarian candidate was arrested […]

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Judge dismisses Fla. teachers’ union gripe over performance evaluations

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week in the Sunshine State, and to celebrate a federal judge ruled against a federation of Florida teachers’ unions Tuesday. The ruling centered on […]