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Scott, Cabinet Go In-house For Insurance Commissioner

TALLAHASSEE — The impasse over Florida’s next insurance commissioner ended Friday.

Remaining in-house, Gov. Rick Scott and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater — in their third attempt to reach a joint recommendation on the high-profile job — agreed to promote Deputy Commissioner David Altmaier to become the state’s top insurance regulator.

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Closing The Loop: Through Pain Comes Compassion

Cameron Stewart is a big man. He played high school sports. He served as in the Marine medic corps in Afghanistan and Iraq. But after he was left with crippling back pain, he became a chiropractor — and his greatest professional talent may be empathy.

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04/28/16: Rise In Suicide Rates; Kidney Disease; Jax Jewish Food Festival; Kerry Speckman

Suicide Rates

A new report from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the U.S. suicide rate is the highest it’s been in 30 years, increasing 24 percent from 1999 to 2014.

Suicide is now one of the 10 leading causes of death, the CDC says.

Rates are up significantly among middle-aged Americans. There’s also a spike in suicide among women and girls.

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