YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: Iran so far; budget crunches; Walmart sucks some more; SunRail woes; (not-so) Silver Springs





NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED: “Congress hasn't been notified in detail about the secret diplomacy. That could also pose a challenge for Obama, who has been waging a tense battle with Republicans and Democrats alike to prevent them from enacting new sanctions against Iran at the same time he has been offering Tehran some relief. Several lawmakers from both parties openly scoffed Sunday at the terms of the deal between world powers and Iran. And in a reflection of the primary role played by his administration, some already are referring to the end result as Obama's agreement. None said they had been briefed on the secret talks.” (via Associated Press)



YEAH, NO: “Medicaid, the health care safety net for poor and disabled Floridians, is projected to cost at least $400 million more next year, and the Legislature has its own list of priorities — starting with $220 million in water projects to help the polluted Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie River estuary and Caloosahatchee River. ‘Suffice to say, it would not be possible to fund them all, provide meaningful tax relief and address the other important issues that are facing our state,’ said Rep. Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland, the House budget writer, as he directed lawmakers to ‘discern between needs and wants.’ (via Tampa Bay Times)


WHERE NOT TO SHOP ON BLACK FRIDAY: “A handful of retailers — led by Primark, an Anglo-Irish company, and C&A, a Dutch-German company — are deeply involved in getting long-term compensation funds off the ground, one for Rana Plaza’s victims and one for the victims of the Tazreen fire, which killed 112 workers last Nov. 24. But to the dismay of those pushing to create the compensation funds, neither Walmart, Sears, Children’s Place nor any of the other American companies that were selling goods produced at Tazreen or Rana Plaza have agreed to contribute to the efforts.” (via New York Times)


YEAH, BUT AT LEAST THE TRAINS LOOK NICE, RIGHT?: SunRail is set to start running in May, but its 2016 expansion into Osceola County and farther north into Volusia County may be in jeopardy because $80 million in federal money needed to complete the commuter-rail system no longer is assured. (via Orlando Sentinel)

TOO MANY GLASS-BOTTOMED BOAT TOURS?: A federal monitor visited the springs earlier this year as part of the government’s National Natural Landmarks program. Silver Springs’ downgraded status will be reflected in the next program update, and it will be the first time the park service has needed to call attention to the springs’ decline, said Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of the Interior. (via Tampa Tribune)



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