Capitol to Courthouse Headliners: Tuesday, October 27

Oct 27, 2009

Above:  President Barack Obama spoke yesterday at Naval Air Station Jacksonville (Photo by Will Dickey of the Florida Times Union).  To read the text of President Obama’s remarks, click here.  


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U.S. Says Chinese Officials Helping with Probe of Tainted Drywall

China is helping American officials investigate reports of contaminated Chinese drywall after thousands of American homeowners complained the building material made them sick or damaged their houses, a top U.S. safety official said.


Florida Turnpike going to cashless system; accidents have taken their toll

David Zurschmeide, 39, slammed his motorcycle into the back of a tractor-trailer whose driver had stopped to wait for change in a cash lane at the turnpike’s Cypress Creek toll plaza in July 2008.


Insurer lawsuits over Broward school construction seek nearly $2M from taxpayers

Two insurance companies have sued the Broward School Board for damages caused by construction blunders, saying they lost money when they replaced contractors who failed to finish projects.


Mediation Is Wise in Foreclosure

Cases like the tail on a comet, home foreclosures continue to pour off into the slipstream left by the real estate meltdown. This summer, fully 10.5% of the 3.5 million mortgage loans being serviced in Florida were in some stage of the foreclosure process, according to a report prepared by a Florida Supreme Court task force, which called the figures horrifying.


PSC postpones vote on FP&L rate hike request

The Florida Public Service Commission said Tuesday it will delay its decisions on rate hike requests for Florida Power and Light Company and Progress Energy Florida until January.


Homeowners walking away from underwater mortgages

Andres Duque thought he got a real steal when he paid $125,000 for his Little Haiti condo. But four years later, similar units are selling for $35,000 and even less.


Crist says he’s hopeful for Seminoles gambling pact

Gov. Charlie Crist says there is still hope for a gambling deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe despite what a leading Florida legislator said last week.


Arcadia bets solar energy will generate jobs

President Barack Obama’s visit will be a short-term boost to a long-term project the rural community is counting on.


McCollum, Sink trade barbs over prosecuting problem debt collectors

The state attorney general and chief financial officer traded barbs Monday meant to paint each other as unresponsive to the problem of abusive debt collectors who harass Floridians with threats of jail time and, at times, physical violence.


Ruling deals a blow to denials of autism treatment

A tactic used by insurance companies to deny expensive behavioral therapy to autistic children has been deemed illegal by a Los Angeles judge.


Q&A:  How storms change course

Someone was telling me that the same tropical system crossed the Philippines three times in a few days. How does that happen?


Executive Director of the Georgia Insurance Information Service David Colmans:  Percentage of older drivers growing each year

In just about 20 years, people age 65 and older are expected to represent 25 percent of the driving population and suffer an equal percentage of involvement in fatal crashes.


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