The Associated Press

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday that the state will spend $90 million to further hydrate the Everglades and help lessen water woes plaguing southwest Florida.

During a stop in Fort Myers, Scott discussed a plan to construct a 2.6-mile bridge on Tamiami Trail in Miami-Dade County. A similar 1-mile bridge opened in March on that stretch.

Gov. Rick Scott is appointing maverick legislator Mike Fasano to the position of Pasco County tax collector.

More than a quarter of Floridians speak a language other than English in their homes.

New U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday show that 27 percent of Floridians speak a language other than English. That's higher than the national average of 20 percent. Only six other states have higher rates: California, Texas, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York and Nevada.

Florida utility regulators are letting Duke Energy Florida, the nation's largest utility, raise rates to pay for a shuttered nuclear power plant in Crystal River.

The parents of Trayvon Martin said today that they are taking no stance on a proposed boycott of Florida following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of their son.

A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.

Patrick made history out front at the Daytona 500, only to see five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson reclaim his spot at the top in the end.

Johnson won his second Daytona 500 with a late push on Sunday, grabbing the spotlight from Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in "The Great American Race" and was running third on the last lap, but slipped to eighth in the late push for position.

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