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  1. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

    State Roundup

    First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

    Okaloosa Youth Academy Gulf Coast Youth Services
  2. A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where's our money?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott ordered counties to remove debris, reopen roads and restore normalcy as fast as possible.

    Flagler County in Northeast Florida experienced severe flooding after Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016. [Flagler County]
  3. Criminal record? Horrible work history? Florida juvenile justice will still hire you

    News

    On the surface, Sara Erin Martin would have seemed well qualified to oversee troubled teens at the Okeechobee Youth Development Center. For three years, she'd worked as a mental health technician at a state psychiatric hospital for adult inmates whose mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities rendered them unfit to …

    From left to right, Sara Erin Martin, Uriah T. Harris and Tommy Williams were hires the juvenile justice system would eventually regret. [Miami Herald]
  4. Slavery memorial wins support as Confederacy debate rages

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State House members wasted no time this week in reviving a proposal for a Florida slavery memorial near the Capitol, an idea that stalled at the end of the 2017 session last spring.

    "This particular monument has garnered the support of everyone - the only people who I feel are going to be against this are individuals that haven't particularly sat down and come to grips with the reality that we have moved forward in a bipartisan way and the times that we've seen in the past where folk wanted to divide us based upon class and culture, those days are completely over," said Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, who's poised to be the House Democratic leader after the 2018 elections.
  5. Fight Club: Dark secrets of Florida juvenile justice

    State Roundup

    The boys had just returned to Module 9 of the Miami juvenile lockup from the dining hall when one of them hit Elord Revolte high and hard. More of the boys jumped in, punching and slamming him over and over, then pile-driving his 135-pound body.

    A Miami Herald investigation found that youths detained in state facilities have complained of staff turning them into hired mercenaries, offering honey buns and other rewards to rough up fellow detainees. It is a way for employees to exert control without risking their livelihoods by personally resorting to violence. Criminal charges are rare. [Miami Herald]
  1. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

    State Roundup

    First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

    Okaloosa Youth Academy Gulf Coast Youth Services
  2. A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where's our money?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott ordered counties to remove debris, reopen roads and restore normalcy as fast as possible.

    Flagler County in Northeast Florida experienced severe flooding after Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016. [Flagler County]
  3. Criminal record? Horrible work history? Florida juvenile justice will still hire you

    News

    On the surface, Sara Erin Martin would have seemed well qualified to oversee troubled teens at the Okeechobee Youth Development Center. For three years, she'd worked as a mental health technician at a state psychiatric hospital for adult inmates whose mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities rendered them unfit to …

    From left to right, Sara Erin Martin, Uriah T. Harris and Tommy Williams were hires the juvenile justice system would eventually regret. [Miami Herald]
  4. Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam push for federal citrus relief

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — As lawmakers were poised to vote on a $36 billion disaster relief package, top Florida officials on Wednesday implored the state's congressional delegation to secure $2.5 billion more for the battered agriculture industry.

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, right, engages in a sharp exchange with Gov. Rick Scott, second from left, as she tells him more must be done for hurricane debris removal.
  5. Slavery memorial wins support as Confederacy debate rages

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State House members wasted no time this week in reviving a proposal for a Florida slavery memorial near the Capitol, an idea that stalled at the end of the 2017 session last spring.

    "This particular monument has garnered the support of everyone - the only people who I feel are going to be against this are individuals that haven't particularly sat down and come to grips with the reality that we have moved forward in a bipartisan way and the times that we've seen in the past where folk wanted to divide us based upon class and culture, those days are completely over," said Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, who's poised to be the House Democratic leader after the 2018 elections.
  1. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

    State Roundup

    First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

    Okaloosa Youth Academy Gulf Coast Youth Services
  2. A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where's our money?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott ordered counties to remove debris, reopen roads and restore normalcy as fast as possible.

    Flagler County in Northeast Florida experienced severe flooding after Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016. [Flagler County]
  3. Criminal record? Horrible work history? Florida juvenile justice will still hire you

    News

    On the surface, Sara Erin Martin would have seemed well qualified to oversee troubled teens at the Okeechobee Youth Development Center. For three years, she'd worked as a mental health technician at a state psychiatric hospital for adult inmates whose mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities rendered them unfit to …

    From left to right, Sara Erin Martin, Uriah T. Harris and Tommy Williams were hires the juvenile justice system would eventually regret. [Miami Herald]
  4. Slavery memorial wins support as Confederacy debate rages

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State House members wasted no time this week in reviving a proposal for a Florida slavery memorial near the Capitol, an idea that stalled at the end of the 2017 session last spring.

    "This particular monument has garnered the support of everyone - the only people who I feel are going to be against this are individuals that haven't particularly sat down and come to grips with the reality that we have moved forward in a bipartisan way and the times that we've seen in the past where folk wanted to divide us based upon class and culture, those days are completely over," said Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, who's poised to be the House Democratic leader after the 2018 elections.
  5. Fight Club: Dark secrets of Florida juvenile justice

    State Roundup

    The boys had just returned to Module 9 of the Miami juvenile lockup from the dining hall when one of them hit Elord Revolte high and hard. More of the boys jumped in, punching and slamming him over and over, then pile-driving his 135-pound body.

    A Miami Herald investigation found that youths detained in state facilities have complained of staff turning them into hired mercenaries, offering honey buns and other rewards to rough up fellow detainees. It is a way for employees to exert control without risking their livelihoods by personally resorting to violence. Criminal charges are rare. [Miami Herald]
  1. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

    State Roundup

    First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

    Okaloosa Youth Academy Gulf Coast Youth Services
  2. A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where's our money?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott ordered counties to remove debris, reopen roads and restore normalcy as fast as possible.

    Flagler County in Northeast Florida experienced severe flooding after Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016. [Flagler County]
  3. Slavery memorial wins support as Confederacy debate rages

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State House members wasted no time this week in reviving a proposal for a Florida slavery memorial near the Capitol, an idea that stalled at the end of the 2017 session last spring.

    "This particular monument has garnered the support of everyone - the only people who I feel are going to be against this are individuals that haven't particularly sat down and come to grips with the reality that we have moved forward in a bipartisan way and the times that we've seen in the past where folk wanted to divide us based upon class and culture, those days are completely over," said Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, who's poised to be the House Democratic leader after the 2018 elections.
  1. Florida was 'ill-prepared for a major hurricane, audit warned

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state's Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.

    Two National Guardsmen carry the belongings of WWII veteran Anthony Gentuso as he and his famly arrive at the Germain Arena that is serving as a shelter from the approaching Hurricane Irma on September 9. A December audit questions whether Florida is prepared for a major hurricane. [MARK WILSON | Getty Images]
  2. Yes, Florida's pool of voters is shrinking. Here's why.

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Even as Florida attracts hundreds of new residents every day, the state's pool of active voters is actually shrinking.

    The voter roll expands in presidential election years, then shrinks.
  3. Report: Review shows Florida's utility watchdog has become a lapdog

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The watchdog over electricity rates for most Floridians has been captured by the utility industry and the result is costing consumers, according to a new report released Monday by the independent research organization Integrity Florida.

    Protesters in Tallahassee argue against cuts to energy efficiency goals. The Florida Public Service Commission approved the reductions.
  1. Florida was 'ill-prepared for a major hurricane, audit warned

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state's Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.

    Two National Guardsmen carry the belongings of WWII veteran Anthony Gentuso as he and his famly arrive at the Germain Arena that is serving as a shelter from the approaching Hurricane Irma on September 9. A December audit questions whether Florida is prepared for a major hurricane. [MARK WILSON | Getty Images]
  2. Yes, Florida's pool of voters is shrinking. Here's why.

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Even as Florida attracts hundreds of new residents every day, the state's pool of active voters is actually shrinking.

    The voter roll expands in presidential election years, then shrinks.
  3. Report: Review shows Florida's utility watchdog has become a lapdog

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The watchdog over electricity rates for most Floridians has been captured by the utility industry and the result is costing consumers, according to a new report released Monday by the independent research organization Integrity Florida.

    Protesters in Tallahassee argue against cuts to energy efficiency goals. The Florida Public Service Commission approved the reductions.
  1. Fight Club: Dark secrets of Florida juvenile justice

    State Roundup

    The boys had just returned to Module 9 of the Miami juvenile lockup from the dining hall when one of them hit Elord Revolte high and hard. More of the boys jumped in, punching and slamming him over and over, then pile-driving his 135-pound body.

    A Miami Herald investigation found that youths detained in state facilities have complained of staff turning them into hired mercenaries, offering honey buns and other rewards to rough up fellow detainees. It is a way for employees to exert control without risking their livelihoods by personally resorting to violence. Criminal charges are rare. [Miami Herald]
  2. Florida was 'ill-prepared for a major hurricane, audit warned

    News

    TALLAHASSEE — Long before Florida entered the deadliest hurricane season in a decade, auditors at the state's Division of Emergency Management sent out a warning: the state was ill-prepared for a major disaster.

    Two National Guardsmen carry the belongings of WWII veteran Anthony Gentuso as he and his famly arrive at the Germain Arena that is serving as a shelter from the approaching Hurricane Irma on September 9. A December audit questions whether Florida is prepared for a major hurricane. [MARK WILSON | Getty Images]
  3. Florida schools will take Puerto Rico students. But who will pay?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Families from Puerto Rico who were displaced by Hurricane Maria won't have to worry about having transcripts or immunization records if they enroll their children in Florida's public schools this month, state education officials announced Friday.

    A row of school buses lines the parking lot of the Hernando County Schools Transportation Center in Spring Hill in July. 

 [CHARLIE KAIJO | Tampa Bay Times]