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Richard Lynn Scott

    Rick Scott is a Republican elected governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer, in the closest governor's race since 1876. He also spent $73 million of his own money to introduce himself to Floridians, having no political experience and barely met residency requirements.

    Rick Scott is the former CEO of Columbia/HCA and also started Solantic. Scott was born Dec. 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Ill. He served in the Navy and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Methodist University Law School. He and his wife, Frances Annette, have two adult daughters.

    

    1. After Irma, nursing homes scramble to meet a hard deadline

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida's nursing homes and assisted-living facilities find themselves in an unfamiliar place this week — pushing back against Gov. Rick Scott's administration over new rules that require them to purchase generator capacity by Nov. 15 to keep their residents safe and comfortable in a power …

      In this Sept. 13 photo, a woman is transported from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as patients are evacuated after a loss of air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma in Hollywood. Nine have died and patients had to be moved out of the facility, many of them on stretchers or in wheelchairs. Authorities have launched a criminal investigation to figure out what went wrong and who, if anyone, was to blame. [Amy Beth Bennett | South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP]
    2. Another Hollywood nursing home resident dies. It's the 9th in post-Irma tragedy.

      State Roundup

      The Broward County Medical Examiner's office is investigating another death of a resident of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills — the ninth blamed on the failure of a cooling system that became a stifling deathtrap three days after Irma hit.

      Carlos Canal, pictured at 47 years old, came to Miami from Cuba in 1960. Above is his citizenship photo. [Courtesy of Lily Schwartz]
    3. Reload your SunPass account. Roadway tolls return Thursday.

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida residents will no longer get a free pass traversing most stretches of the Florida Turnpike or certain local expressways across the state.

      With a push by the Florida Turpike to encourage more drivers traveling the Veterans and Suncoast Parkway to buy a Sunpass, motorists will begin to see more lanes converted to handle Sunpass. [Tampa Bay Times]
    4. Irma's death toll in Florida rises to 42, but will grow

      News

      TALLAHASSEE —Deadly carbon monoxide fumes have killed 11 people in Florida as Hurricane Irma's death toll rose to 42 on Tuesday, state officials reported.

      A resident walks by a pile of debris caused by a storm surge during Hurricane Irma in Everglades City. The isolated Everglades City community of about 400 people suffered some of Florida's worst storm surges, up to 9 feet (2.7 meters), when Hurricane Irma slammed the region eight days ago, leaving the insides of homes a sodden mess and caking the streets with mud. The storm affected nearly every part of the state, and, so far, the death toll stands at 42. [AP Photo | Alan Diaz]
    5. Florida Guard scales down troop strength; Navy sails away from the Keys

      State Roundup

      The Florida National Guard on Monday drew down its activated statewide forces to about 1,200 on-duty troops, mostly in operations focused on relief distribution in the Florida Keys — and the last of a mini-armada of U.S. Navy ships off Key West set sail for home.

      Soldiers from the Florida National Guard's Delta Company, 1st Battallion, 124th Infantry, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team on Sept. 14. The Federal Emergency Managment Agency has reported that 25-percent of all homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed and 65-percent sustained major damage when they took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma.  [Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images]
    6. After Hollywood nursing home horror, legislators want new laws

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — After a week in which the recovery from Hurricane Irma was more deadly for Florida's elderly than the storm, a handful of South Florida legislators drafted bills that would require nursing and retirement homes to maintain generators to cool their facilities during power outages.

      On Thursday, Janice Connelly of Hollywood, sets up a makeshift memorial in memory of the senior citizens who died in the heat at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. [Carline Jean  | South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
    7. Report: Before deaths, nursing home called Rick Scott's emergency number three times, to no avail

      State Roundup

      A Miami TV news station is reporting that the Hollywood nursing home where eight people died after Hurricane Irma knocked out power had called an emergency number to Gov. Rick …

      Police surround the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills, Fla., which had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power. Several patients at the sweltering nursing home died in the storm's aftermath. [John McCall | South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP]
    8. Irma will wreak havoc on state economy and tax revenues, top economist says

      Legislature

      TALLAHASSEE — Irma is gone, and Florida is discovering a massive fiscal storm looming on the horizon.

      Recovery costs from Hurricane Irma will be between $25 billion and $46 billion, the state’s chief economist, Amy Baker, told lawmakers in a revision to Florida’s long-range budget outlook.
    9. How a bill requiring Florida nursing homes to have backup AC died

      State Roundup

      In the aftermath of 2005's destructive Hurricane Wilma, Florida lawmakers approved laws to protect motorists at risk of getting stranded on the interstate, and residents of new highrises who can't climb stairs.

      Six Hollywood nursing home residents died Wednesday morning after falling ill in a building left without air conditioning after Irma blasted South Florida. [Emily Michot | Miami Herald]
    10. As more storms loom, Florida tries to make room for more water

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — With two new tropical depressions forming in the Atlantic and Gov. Rick Scott worried about another hurricane, Florida water managers worked on all fronts Thursday to lower water levels in Lake Okeechobee and surrounding canals to avoid the possibility of more flooding.

      The dike overlooking Lake Okeechobee in Port Mayaca on Friday.  [Jason Henry | The New York Times]