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Tax cut package prioritizes Floridians

Under Gov. Rick Scott, the state Legislature has passed numerous bills enacting sound tax cuts tailored to benefit the quality of life for the state’s residents. Essential to accelerating job creation, reducing costs on goods and services fundamental to living and doing business in Florida has been a staple of the Scott agenda.

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Activities galore can replace kid’s summer ‘screen’ time

Where do you stand on how much time kids should spend on their phones, tablets and other screens this summer? Experts and parents weigh-in and the result is a spectrum of opinions. But for those who want to aggressively pursue unplugging technology, the South Florida Museum and Manatee County Public Library have strong lineups of summer activities for kids.

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Christine Flowers: Woman who goaded boyfriend to commit suicide must pay for dark act

If you know me, you know someone very close to me committed suicide. If you don't know me, all you have to do is Google "Christine Flowers" near "suicide" and you'll have a concise history of my writings on the topic. Lately, I've tried to distance myself from the past, not because I'm ashamed of it or because I regret talking about it to perfect strangers, but because it's not entirely my story to tell. The aftermath – the mourning and the regret – is something I have a right to express.

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The little-known way Senate Democrats are resisting Trump's judicial nominees

It's no surprise President Donald Trump is quickly trying to fill the nearly 130 vacancies left on the federal courts by his predecessor. With a Republican majority in the Senate and a Republican in the White House, people may expect Trump's nominees to sail through. But many people don't know Senate Democrats can bring nominations to a standstill with a little-known practice called "blue slips."

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Paul Maechtle discusses patience at mason's lodge speech

Former Southeast High head football coach Paul Maechtle recaps the 1985 state championship night, where his Seminoles and crosstown rival Manatee High hosted state title games on the same night. Video by Jason Dill.
Jason Dill Bradenton Herald
Paul Maechtle discusses patience at mason's lodge speech 0:56

Paul Maechtle discusses patience at mason's lodge speech

They got the skills to pay the bills 1:14

They got the skills to pay the bills

Boy without legs throws first pitch at Myrtle Beach Pelicans game 0:51

Boy without legs throws first pitch at Myrtle Beach Pelicans game

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Family of ducks under police escort to safety