1. Today could be the day — weather permitting — of the last space shuttle launch, which has triggered historical reflections from astronauts themselves (NPR), much worry about the future of Central Florida’s economy (of which the Guardian offers an outsider’s view) and reflections on how our generation seems to have forgotten how to dream of a better future (New York Times).
  2. Budget deliberators in the U.S. House of Representatives gave their blessing to a bridge that will raise Tamiami Trail above a stretch of South Florida, a key step in restoring some semblance of the natural flow to the Everglades.
  3. The latest from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting looks at fugitives who jump bail and leave the country, often without being pursued by authorities.
  4. Between the governor and the three members of the state Cabinet, three are millionaires. The fourth, Attorney General Pam Bondi, holds nearly half a million in assets, the largest of which is her home, new disclosure forms show.
  5. A new study shows that Medicaid can significantly improve the lives of those — mostly the poor, disabled, or catastrophically sick — who rely on the program from health care.
  6. A number of the day: $340,000 — The amount Marco Rubio raised for his U.S. Senate campaign in the second quarter of 2009, and part of the reason Adam Hasner is proud to have raised “only” $560,000. Hasner may not pack all of Rubio’s star power, but he does offer a reminder that the numbers — which in Rubio’s case drew wonderment that he hadn’t dropped out — aren’t decisive at this stage, and that Republican primaries in this state may be a different kind of ballgame in the post-Rubio era.


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