FROM NPR: NPR is projecting that Mitt Romney has won the Florida primary, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in second place. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had nearly 47 percent of the vote. Gingrich had 32 percent.
Update 10:07 p.m.: With all precincts reporting in Alachua county, Newt Gingrich came away with a slight 118-vote lead on Mitt Romney. However, Romney is projected to win 46.4 percent of the vote to Gingrich’s 31.9 percent with 98 percent of precincts reporting statewide (NPR).
Update 8:23 p.m.In Alachua County, with 68 of 69 precincts reporting at 8:08 p.m., Gingrich held a slight lead ahead of Romney by 121 votes.
PBS NewsHour has posted speeches by Romney and Gingrich in Florida this evening.
May 2 has been set as the trial date for a lawsuit challenging the Lake County School Board’s refusal to allow students at Carver Middle School in Leesburg, Florida, to form a gay-straight alliance. ACLU attorney Daniel Tiller said they are appealing based on the First Amendment and Equal Access Act.
An executive action to be issued by Governor Scott would reduce the number of tests Florida students are required to take. Subsequent legislation would eliminate progress-monitoring requirements, make certain exams optional and reassess how to evaluate teachers in public schools.
Environmental groups across the state sent supporters to the capital on Wednesday to discuss the allocation of funds set aside by Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative. The Florida legislative session will begin in March, and the bill will take effect on July 1.
Finding a way around Gainesville can be difficult with limited buses and dangerous bike lanes, but City Commission candidates offer similar solutions to improve transportation issues. Yet a public forum revealed they do not agree on how to pay for the changes.