TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WALA) - For the first time in six years state lawmakers aren't grappling with billion dollar shortfalls in the state budget.
Florida legislators are expected to pass a new state budget during the 60-day session that does not call for large spending cuts.
Instead the tug-of-war during the session will likely be over how to spend a modest budget surplus. Another big budget question is whether the state will accept federal aid and expand the Medicaid program to cover more Floridians.
Gov. Rick Scott has proposed a $74.2 billion budget that includes an across-the-board pay raise for teachers as well as bonuses for state workers. Scott also supports the Medicaid expansion which is part of the federal health care overhaul.
Legislative leaders have been reluctant to endorse the teacher pay raise proposal.
U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown proposes converting part of the old Searcy Mental Health facility in Mt. Vernon into a transitional residential/vocational training facility for offenders.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.
Clear skies and a secondary push of chilly air have arrived as a stronger area of high pressure has moved in from the central plains.
Ten University of South Alabama football players were honored with the release of the 2013 all- Sun Belt Conference teams on Wednesday, December 11, and Jaguar head coach Joey Jones was selected the league's Coach of the Year.
An arrest has been made in the robbery to the Country Breeze convenience store on Old Pascagoula Road in Grand Bay.