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Juvenile Justice, Foster Care Issues Gain In 2014 Session

The 2014 legislative session saw major gains for juvenile justice issues in Florida while also seeking to bolster the independence of foster children.

05/12/2014

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 20: A customer picks out a smoking tip for her electronic cigarette at the Vapor Shark store on February 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. As the popularity of E- cigarettes continue to grow, leading U.S. tobacco companies such as Altria Group Inc. the maker of Marlboro cigarettes are annoucing plans to launch their own e-cigarettes as they start to pose a small but growing competitive threat to traditional smokes. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

E-Cigarette Bill Draws Fire

Nobody in the Capitol, it seems, wants minors to buy electronic cigarettes. But an effort to ban sales of the trendy nicotine-delivery tubes to people under 18 has run into controversy in the state House.

03/27/2014

Florida Money

Performance Could Alter University Funding

Lawmakers will consider a plan this spring that would fund the state’s 12 universities based in part on performance, a move that could see some universities lose money and others gain it.

02/11/2014

Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich

Democratic Sen. Leader Nan Rich Planning 2014 Gubernatorial Run

A Democrat from Weston is declaring herself the first person to challenge Governor Rick Scott in the 2014 gubernatorial race.

CBS4–04/18/2012

(Source: poly.usf.edu)

USF Polytechnic Taking Steps To Become Independent University

A 12th state university in Florida may be on the horizon after the Board of Governors approved a set of benchmarks Wednesday night.

CBS4–11/10/2011

Florida Everglades

Scott Pleases Everglades Activists With Restoration Plan

Some environmentalists expressed optimism Friday at a proposal by Gov. Rick Scott aimed at trying to resolve a years-long dispute over restoring the Everglades, despite the state’s assertion that it needs several more years to get the ecosystem clean.

CBS4–10/09/2011

(AP)

Florida College Tuition On The Rise, Again

Students, get ready to shell out more for a college education in the state of Florida.

CBS4–06/23/2011

Rick Scott

FL Budget Chairman: Gov. Scott’s Plane Sales Against The Law

Governor Scott’s campaign promise to sell the state’s planes to fill some of the Sunshine State’s massive budget deficit may have been popular with voters, but one lawmaker says it was illegal.

CBS4–02/17/2011