BRADENTON, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott Thursday told four local governments that he would not change his mind about accepting $2.4 billion of federal funds for a high-speed rail project.

In an unprecedented partnership, Tampa, Lakeland, Orlando, and Miami joined forces after Scott told Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last week that he would turn back the funds. LaHood gave the local governments until today before making the money available to other areas of the country eager for the funding, including New York.

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