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First DCA ruling could lead to slot machines at dog and horse tracks

First DCA ruling could lead to slot machines at dog and horse tracks

The First District Court of Appeal has ruled by a 2-1 margin that the state improperly denied a slot machine license to a horse track in Gadsden County. The court said the license should have been granted because Gadsden voters approved a referendum authorizing slots. State regulators had turned [...]

DEP issues final order closing Rolling Hills

DEP issues final order closing Rolling Hills

Shawn Hamilton, the director for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Northwest District office, issued this statement: After a thorough review of the Recommended Order issued on March 2, 2015, by Administrative Law Judge D.R. Alexander and the filings by all parties, the Florida [...]

HCA stands to make $71 million from Scott LIP funding and Medicaid plan

HCA stands to make $71 million from Scott LIP funding and Medicaid plan

According to the plan on new LIP funding and Medicaid rates developed by the Gov. Rick Scott's administration, HCA, his former for-profit health care company that runs 46 hospitals in the state, will make $71.8 million. Only one HCA hospital faces a reduction: Gulf Coast Medical Center [...]

GOP Debate Playoff gets statewide attention

GOP Debate Playoff gets statewide attention

At least one person thought my GOP Debate Playoff was a good idea. Peter Schorsch picked it for his daily newsletter "Sunburn": BEST IDEA OF THE DAY - "Replace GOP presidential debates with a playoff system" via Rick Outzen

MCM-BAP deal falls apart

MCM-BAP deal falls apart

Another city deal appears to have fallen apart, according to Pensacola Today's Shannon Nickinson. In her article "Choices for Maritime Park coming to City Council," which was posted this morning, Nickinson reports that Michael McShea and Lee Ann Korst of CBRE sent City COO Tamara Fountain a [...]

Navy Federal: Best Place to Work for Millennials

Navy Federal: Best Place to Work for Millennials

Navy Federal Credit Union announced today it has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Millennials” by The Center for Generational Kinetics, a global leader in researching and understanding Millennials. The list, which comes on the heels of news that Millennials have surpassed Gen Xers [...]

Americans for Prosperity attack Senate LIP plan

Americans for Prosperity attack Senate LIP plan

Americans for Prosperity, conservative political advocacy groups established by David and Charles Koch, released a new ad today to fight the Florida Senate's plan to provide health care to low-income, uninsured Floridians. It's title is "Medicaid is wrong for Florida." "The Florida Senate's [...]

Rolling Hills landfill on fire

Rolling Hills landfill on fire

This morning, Inweekly received a phone call that the Rolling Hills landfill had caught fire. When we arrived Rolling Hills workers were spraying the smoldering embers with water. Wedgwood residents were standing at the gate. Escambia County staff was on the scene to ensure the fire was completely [...]

Baptist, Sacred Heart and Santa Rosa Medical will lose nearly $2.5 million under Scott LIP replacement plan

Baptist, Sacred Heart and Santa Rosa Medical will lose nearly $2.5 million under Scott LIP replacement plan

Governor Rick Scott is still going after hospitals. Of Pensacola's three hospitals, West Florida Hospital is the only one that will benefit from his proposed plan to replace Low Income Pool (LIP) funds. West Florida is part of HCA, the for-profit health care system that Scott once [...]

League asks state lawmakers to give up their health insurance until statewide plan approved

League asks state lawmakers to give up their health insurance until statewide plan approved

The League of Women Voters of Florida State president Pamela Goodman yesterday challenged Florida lawmakers to suspend their state-paid subsidized health care coverage--for which they pay $180 a month for the family plan -- until all Floridians have the option of affordable health care [...]

Replace GOP presidential debates with a playoff system

Replace GOP presidential debates with a playoff system

The 2016 Republican presidential field continues to grow. Yesterday Rick Santorum announced. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce next week. People are concerned how the Republican Party can do a meaningful debate with such a large field. My suggestion is a playoff system similar [...]

DOH releases official statement on Charlotte’s Web ruling

DOH releases official statement on Charlotte’s Web ruling

The Florida Department of Health released the following statement today upon the announcement of the Administrative Law Judge’s ruling on the challenge to the low-THC cannabis rule. “Today’s ruling allows the department to move forward with implementing the Compassionate Medical Cannabis [...]

Breaking News: Judge throws out last Charlotte’s Web challenge

Breaking News: Judge throws out last Charlotte’s Web challenge

Judge W. David Watkins has thrown out the last challenge against the rules established by the Florida Department of Health for Charlotte's Web. The application period for the five licenses allowing nurseries to grow low-THC marijuana and dispense medicinal oil prepared from the plants will begin in [...]

DBPR, FICPA encourage accounting students to apply for Clay Ford Scholarship

DBPR, FICPA encourage accounting students to apply for Clay Ford Scholarship

Press Release: The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) Division of Certified Public Accounting and the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA) are encouraging minority accounting students statewide to apply for this year’s Clay Ford Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded each [...]

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