- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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ATWATER: STRESS TESTS MAY INSTILL CONFIDENCE IN INSURANCE

Florida’s chief financial officer says creating a “stress test” will help instill public confidence in the smaller insurers that have come to dominate Florida’s homeowners’ insurance market. Jeff Atwater said Tuesday that creating a stress test whose results are made public would give homeowners the confidence that the smaller companies are well-managed and will deliver when the next major hurricane hits the state.

FLORIDA GOV. SCOTT PLEDGES MILLIONS FOR EVERGLADES

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is promising to dedicate tens of millions to helping the Everglades. Scott is scheduled on Tuesday to announce that he wants to create a source of money for Everglades restoration that would result in $5 billion going to help the famed River of Grass over the next 20 years.

WOMAN ATTACKED BY SHARK ON VACATION: I’LL GET BACK IN WATER

A Texas woman is recovering after losing more than five pounds of flesh to a shark bite in the Bahamas, and she says she’ll return to the water when she’s completely better. Lacy Webb Martin was bitten while vacationing in Abaco, Bahamas, this month. The 34-year-old woman said Tuesday during a news conference at a Hollywood, Florida, hospital that she had been snorkeling, following a stingray along the ocean, when she was bitten by what experts have told her was probably a bull shark.

FLORIDIANS PICK ACA PLANS WITH FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Federal health officials say most Floridians who have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act chose a plan that comes with financial assistance. Officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that 93 percent of Floridians selected a plan with financial assistance. As of mid-January, some 1.2 million Florida residents had signed up or were automatically re-enrolled for coverage. Nationwide, that figure is 9.5 million consumers.

MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING PREGNANT WOMAN WITH CAR

The Florida Highway Patrol says a man drove off the road and hit his pregnant girlfriend with his car before fleeing the area. The incident happened Monday afternoon as 32-year-old Crystal Noordhuizen was walking along the shoulder of a road near Holiday north of Tampa. Troopers say 33-year-old Justin Colby drove his Dodge Charger into her, then crashed into a pole. He got out of the car, walked home and left on a motorcycle.


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