- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

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BUSH SPEAKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA AMID NEW 2016 HINTS

As he drops new hints about his 2016 intentions, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is appearing in South Carolina just weeks before a self-imposed deadline to decide whether he will run for president. Bush is scheduled to give Monday’s commencement address at the University of South Carolina. It marks the Republican leader’s second visit in three months to the state that will host the 2016 presidential primary season’s first contest in the South.

GOVERNOR GETS BOOST FOR TAX CUTS AND SPENDING PLANS

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is getting a boost for his plans to cut taxes while also spending more on schools. State economists met Monday to predict how much the state is expected to collect in taxes. New forecasts show that the state’s main budget account should grow nearly 5 percent during the fiscal year that started in July. Economists predict an additional 4 percent growth in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

FLORIDA WOMAN DEAD AFTER CRASH INVOLVING TWO CARS AND A BUS NEAR WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol says a car ran a red light early Monday and drove into the path of a Disney bus carrying about 20 passengers. The impact spun the car into another car alongside the bus. The 29-year-old driver of the first car died at a hospital. Montes says no one else was injured. The crash occurred near Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

2 TENNESSEE TEACHERS RESURFACE AFTER SPENDING 73 DAYS UNDERWATER IN FLORIDA KEYS LAGOON

Roane State Community College’s Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain say the feat lasting 73 days at Jules’ Undersea Lodge breaks a record for the longest human underwater habitation. While undersea, Cantrell and Fain hosted online “Classroom Under the Sea” programs for students worldwide via YouTube. Cantrell also taught an online class for Roane State students. They also periodically hosted visitors including astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Gernhardt.

PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON INTERIM MEASURES TO PROTECT MANATEES AT THREE SISTERS SPRINGS

Wildlife officials say they’re trying to give manatees more space in a Florida spring also popular with swimmers and kayakers. Hundreds of manatees congregate during winter months at the spring in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife officials have proposed some interim measures to protect the manatees this winter, including spring closures when temperatures drop and the number of manatees increases. Areas where kayaks could be secured to reduce crowding in the springs also have been installed. Officials also want to restrict flash photography of the large marine mammals.

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