- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

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LEGISLATURE KEEPS INSURANCE PERKS FOR WORKERS

Many top ranked state workers including Gov. Rick Scott could continue to pay low health care premiums under initial versions of the state budget released by the House and Senate. Scott has proposed for four straight years raising the insurance premiums paid by thousands of state employees. They pay $8.34 a month in premiums for individual coverage and $30 a month for family coverage.

STUDENTS ASSIST ‘OBAMACARE’ ENROLLMENT

Medical, nursing and law students across Florida are getting certified as counselors and staffing enrollment events as the March 31 deadline looms to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

ANHEUSER-BUSCH SUPPORTS LEGALIZING HALF-GALLON BEER GROWLERS

The makers of Budweiser say they support legislation to legalize half-gallon beer growlers that are popular at craft breweries around the country. Florida’s breweries can now fill gallon- and quart-sized growlers, but the most popular size elsewhere is banned here. Anheuser-Busch says it supports deregulation of container sizes as long as growlers meeting the same standards other beers have to follow.

MICHIGAN TOURIST RETURNS STOLEN HULK HOGAN SHOE

Police in Florida say a Michigan tourist has returned a wrestling shoe autographed by Hulk Hogan that she took from a store in Clearwater. Authorities say the woman called the professional wrestling icon’s Clearwater Beach store on Thursday, saying she wanted to return the shoe.

GOP STEPPING UP HISPANIC OUTREACH IN FLORIDA

Republicans are taking steps to boost their standing with Florida’s fast-growing Hispanic population. The Republican National Committee on Friday announced a group of Hispanic advisers to help its efforts to court Latinos in the Sunshine State. Among those on the panel are county and state elected officials, as well as Hispanic pastors.

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