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<img src="https://media.bizj.us/view/img/8763382/339139*100xx667-667-417-0.jpg">Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, an appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures.

The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision by an administrative law judge that blocked the challenge by Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental Affairs Inc., a group that includes companies such as Georgia-Pacific, International Paper Co. and Packaging Corp. of America.

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Manufacturers score win in legal challenge to Florida’s water standards

Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, an appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures. The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision by an administrative law judge that blocked the challenge by Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental […]

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<img src="https://media.bizj.us/view/img/8763382/339139*100xx667-667-417-0.jpg">Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, an appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures.

The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision by an administrative law judge that blocked the challenge by Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental Affairs, Inc., a group that includes companies such as Georgia-Pacific, International Paper Co. and Packaging Corporation of…<div>
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Manufacturers score win in legal challenge to Florida’s water standards

Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, an appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures. The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision by an administrative law judge that blocked the challenge by Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental […]

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<img src="http://media.bizj.us/view/img/416031/flagmoneycampaignfinancepoliticselection*100xx1389-1389-347-0.jpg">Florida's lobbying industry remains lucrative.

With five firms topping $1 million, lobbyists reported earning at least $28.4 million during the year's second quarter for their legislative work --- an initial estimate that appears certain to increase in the coming days.

The five-highest earning firms, Ballard Partners, Capital City Consulting, Greenberg Traurig, Ronald L. Book PA and Southern Strategy Group, represent dozens of clients that anted up tens of thousands of dollars each for representation…<div>
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Millions of dollars flow to lobbying firms

Florida’s lobbying industry remains lucrative. With five firms topping $1 million, lobbyists reported earning at least $28.4 million during the year’s second quarter for their legislative work — an initial estimate that appears certain to increase in the coming days. The five-highest earning firms, Ballard Partners, Capital City Consulting, Greenberg Traurig, Ronald L. Book PA […]

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<img src="http://media.bizj.us/view/img/5684401/justice-2*100xx416-416-104-0.jpg">Amid continuing legal questions about Florida's death-penalty system, a state appeals court Wednesday rejected lower-court rulings that blocked prosecutors from seeking death sentences in four murder cases.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal sided with Attorney General Pam Bondi's office in the cases from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, where circuit judges pointed to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in barring prosecutors from pursuing the death penalty.

The Jan. 12 U.S. Supreme Court decision,…<div>
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Court clears way for prosecutors in Florida death penalty cases

Amid continuing legal questions about Florida’s death-penalty system, a state appeals court Wednesday rejected lower-court rulings that blocked prosecutors from seeking death sentences in four murder cases. The 2nd District Court of Appeal sided with Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office in the cases from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, where circuit judges pointed to a U.S. […]

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<img src="http://media.bizj.us/view/img/2581371/insurance*100xx2675-2675-669-0.jpg">Pointing to a "crisis" in costly water-damage claims, the Citizens Property Insurance Board of Governors on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposed 6.8 percent statewide rate increase.

The proposal would have varying effects for customers of the state-backed insurer, with some homeowners seeing premiums go up more than 6.8 percent and some seeing smaller increases --- or even decreases. State regulators will decide whether to approve the rate changes, which would take effect in early 2017.

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Citizens signs off on possible rate hikes

Pointing to a “crisis” in costly water-damage claims, the Citizens Property Insurance Board of Governors on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposed 6.8 percent statewide rate increase. The proposal would have varying effects for customers of the state-backed insurer, with some homeowners seeing premiums go up more than 6.8 percent and some seeing smaller increases — […]

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<img src="http://media.bizj.us/view/img/8926272/2543763201-4*100xx2667-2667-667-0.jpg">Getting a boost from independent voters and adding to her advantage among women, Democrat Hillary Clinton has opened an 8-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in Florida's critical presidential contest, a new poll shows.

Clinton leads Trump by a margin of 47 percent to 39 percent in Florida, after being in a virtual deadlock last month, according to a poll released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University. Clinton led by 1 percentage point in a May 10 poll.

The Democrat particularly saw her numbers…<div>
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Poll: Clinton opens lead in Florida

Getting a boost from independent voters and adding to her advantage among women, Democrat Hillary Clinton has opened an 8-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in Florida’s critical presidential contest, a new poll shows. Clinton leads Trump by a margin of 47 percent to 39 percent in Florida, after being in a virtual deadlock last […]

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