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After 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus is taking down its big top. This week on Florida Matters, we're exploring the history and the economic impact of the circus.

Ringling's Bros. Circus was recently in Tampa for its last performances in the Sunshine State.


This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the end of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus has a long rich history and a colorful past full of performers who worked under the big top, like retired showman Ward Hall.


3 Florida Metro Areas Had Double-Digit Rises In Home Prices

Feb 6, 2017

Three Florida metro areas had among the greatest increases in home prices nationwide last year.


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Around 3,000 protesters took to the streets of West Palm Beach Saturday, hoping to be seen by President Donald Trump.

Florida lawmakers want to add protections in state law for the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender community. 

Beyonce, Tim Tebow or the Norse god Thor for prez? Those were some of Florida's more unusual picks for president this past election.

Morgan, Latvala Test Waters In Governor’s Race

Feb 3, 2017

Speculation about contenders for the 2018 campaign for Florida governor picked up steam Thursday, as trial attorney John Morgan continued to flirt with a bid and a powerful state senator said he might join the fray.

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President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees and migrants from seven mostly-Muslim countries caused confusion in South Florida Sunday. From the Palm Beach International Airport, to a civil rights gathering in Lake Worth, to a musical performance in Fort Lauderdale – residents and visitors process and protest the president's action.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for tax cuts again despite this year’s hazy budget outlook.  The governor unveiled his budget proposal Tuesday.

No Fries: State Wants Students To Cook Healthy Dishes

Jan 29, 2017

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is looking for the state's best student chef.


Florida has become a hotbed for driverless car technology. The self-driving vehicle is moving from the Jetsons to a road near you, and things are moving fast.

At Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, students are just starting a brand new class that teaches the basics of building an autonomous vehicle.

Chief of Florida's Environmental Agency To Resign

Jan 22, 2017

The chief of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection is stepping down after two years on the job.


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Marcelo Salup grew up in Spain in the last years of the Franco dictatorship, mindful of the state police and their long batons, and ETA, a Basque separatist group that waged an increasingly intense terror campaign from the 1960s until a ceasefire in 2010. 

“My formative years were spent in an atmosphere where you were very conscious ETA could just bomb anything,” Salup says. In fact, the group bombed the residential building where he lived as a kid, and later, the university where he went to school.

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Justin Senior was named Wednesday as secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, after serving as interim secretary for nearly four months, according to Gov. Rick Scott's office.

Senior became interim secretary in September after Liz Dudek announced she was stepping down as head of the agency, which focuses heavily on running the state's Medicaid program.

Senior, an attorney, had been the agency's deputy secretary for Medicaid since 2011. Before that, he was AHCA's general counsel.

 

The agency responsible for taking care of the state’s thousands of untested rape kits says the DNA evidence testing in its labs is going well so far.

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