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FBI accused of withholding information in Stearns probe

The congressional candidate who accused former Congressman Cliff Stearns of attempting to bribe him to bail on an election now accuses the FBI of taking a dive in revealing the truth about his allegation. → Read More

Lee Niblock seeks to leave Marion for administrator job in Alachua County

Marion County Administrator Lee Niblock is still looking for a new job, this time much closer to home. → Read More

Judge orders special session for new district map

A judge on Friday gave state lawmakers two weeks to redraw Florida’s tainted map of congressional districts, and also ordered state and local elections officials to plan within that time a schedule for special elections in any districts whose borders change. → Read More

Judge declines to order immediate revisions to Fla.'s congressional district map

Apparently spiking the hopes of some voters’ rights groups, a Tallahassee judge on Thursday declined to order immediate revisions to the state’s unconstitutional congressional districts. → Read More

Ga. law firm raises air quality questions about Sabal Trail facility similar to one planned in Fla.

Georgia environmental regulators have been asked to deny a natural gas facility, just like one planned for North Central Florida, that serves a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline. → Read More

District lines still unresolved

The murky future of North Central Florida’s congressional districts was put on hold Thursday when a Tallahassee judge opted to wait until next week before deciding who should fix the state’s redistricting problem and when. → Read More

Debating Rainbow River Ranch; judge wants more details

DUNNELLON — A judge says he doesn't want to rehash the battle that accompanied Dunnellon's long-running dispute over a plan to build hundreds of homes along the Rainbow River. But he still needs more details about the deal between the city and the developer before allowing the deal to go forward. → Read More

Wild Waters may open in stages, starting June 6

OCALA - Wild Waters could open by June 6 under a piecemeal approach to making the water park’s rides accessible for the summer season. → Read More

County rates highly for its healthy lifestyle

State health officials believe Alachua County is among the state's best promoters of a healthy lifestyle and have lauded it for its efforts. → Read More

Ocala-based soldiers prepare for deployment as U.S. nears drawback in Afghanistan

OCALA -- As 100 or so troops of an Ocala-based Army Reserve unit leave for Afghanistan, their departure is a reminder that America's longest war is not ending for all soldiers, at least in the immediate future. → Read More

Regulators get an earful over planned gas pipeline

DUNNELLON — The last time an energy company installed its lines across Frank Atkins' family's property, grave markers in a family-owned cemetery were displaced. → Read More

Alachua lawyer Jake Rush predicts 'intense' campaign against Yoho

Freshman U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho just kicked off his re-election bid, and he already has drawn a challenger from his own party. → Read More

FBI records show initial probe of allegations against Stearns' supporters

OCALA - Two years ago, Jimmy Jett unleashed a sensational accusation: Supporters of then-U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns had offered him campaign funding or jobs to get out of the election for a redrawn congressional seat. → Read More

Out of office a year, Stearns still has $1.52M in his campaign account

A year has passed since Cliff Stearns began consulting about politics instead of practicing it. → Read More

Yoho’s net worth is over $1.7 million, report shows

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho is part of the majority in Congress in more ways than one. → Read More

Ocklawaha River is OK

Six years ago, state water managers and utilities directors in Central Florida proposed to deal with an anticipated shortage of clean drinking water by tapping the Ocklawaha River. → Read More

Yoho still at work trying to derail Affordable Care Act

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho started the year as a rookie Republican congressman from Gainesville railing against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He is more seasoned politically as 2013 ends, but is still working to unravel President Barack Obama's main health care legislation. → Read More

At open house, Sabal Trail presents plans for natural gas pipeline

DUNNELLON — Using maps, charts and even cookies, the builder of a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline on Tuesday sought to explain how the project would affect people in this part of Florida. → Read More