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Florida Senate approves bill to let grocery outlets sell hard liquor in stores

TALLAHASSEE — Floridians are one step closer to being able to buy whiskey, rum or vodka in a grocery store. Legislators passed the "whiskey to Wheaties" bill in the Florida Senate Thu …

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Disney, Universal target property appraiser in battle over taxes for Florida theme parks

ORLANDO — It takes a lot of land to accommodate Cinderella's castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Epcot's 11-country World Showcase — and a hefty purse to pay the property t …

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  1. Five budget fights to watch as Scott, lawmakers collide on spending $83.5 billion

    Legislature

    By STEVE BOUSQUET

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature have battled repeatedly over jobs and tourism spending for weeks, but a fight with much higher stakes is brewing.

    The state budget.

      Students take their seats before the start of the USF St. Petersburg fall commencement ceremony at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Dec. 13, 2015. Universities are in the House's crosshairs for the 2017-2018 state budget. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  2. Allegiant Air flight makes emergency landing due to possible engine fire

    Airlines

    An Allegiant Air flight that departed the Orlando area made an emergency landing in Ohio a week ago after the pilot reported a fire in one of the aircraft's engines at 14,000 feet.

    An Allegiant Air flight from Orlando Sanford International Airport made an emergency landing in Ohio on March 19 after the pilot reported an engine fire. The plane landed safety. This photo shows an MD-80 series aircraft in Las Vegas in late 2016.
[Times file photo]
  3. PolitiFact: Tom Price did not tell cancer patients to die more quickly

    Business

    The statement

    Says U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said, "It's better for our budget if cancer patients die more quickly."

    Bloggers, March 16 in a headline

    The ruling

    Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price speaks outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017, after Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts reported that 14 million people would lose coverage next year under the House bill dismantling former President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) DCAH137
  4. Jeff Vinik-Cascade Investment partnership buys historic Tampa building for offices

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — An affiliate of Strategic Property Partners has purchased a historic downtown building for use as its office space as it forges ahead with a massive redevelopment of the Channel District.

    An aerial rendering of the $2 billion redevelopment project that Jeff Vinik and Strategic Property Partners plan on 40 acres around Amalie Arena. On Friday, SPP said an affiliate has acquired a building to use as office space. [Rendering courtesy of Strategic Property Partners]
  5. Florida loses 5,000 jobs in February, unemployment rate is unchanged

    Business

    Florida's economic recovery is slowing down.

    There are signs Florida's economic recovery is slowing down. Gov. Rick Scott released the latest jobs and unemployment data today.
[Associated Press file photo]
  6. SeaWorld shares jump on news of large Chinese investment

    Tourism

    NEW YORK — Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment, which have been cut in half since coming under scrutiny over the killer whales it holds in captivity, soared 12 percent before the opening bell on news of a big investment from China.

     Shares of SeaWorld, which have been cut in half since coming under scrutiny over the killer whales it holds in captivity, are up 12 percent before the opening bell on a big investment from China. 
[Associated Press file photo]